AIG Annual General Meeting

The AIG Annual General Meeting was held in Brisbane last night (14 May, 2019) at the Transcontinental Hotel. The meeting was attended by 25 members. Five members also submitted proxies for the meeting.

Andrew Waltho, stepping in for AIG President Mike Erceg who was unable to attend due to work commitments in Papua New Guinea, chaired the meeting and presented a summary of AIG’s status and issues on which Council had been focusing on over the past year. A copy of Andrew’s presentation is available here, along with Mike Erceg’s President’s report and the Treasurer’s report prepared by AIG’s Treasurer Tim Pippett.

The results of the election to fill seven Council regular vacancies were announced. There were fourteen candidates for the seven positions available. The successful candidates were:

  • Wendy Beets
  • Rod Carlson
  • Robert Findlay
  • Sophie Hancock
  • Leah Moore
  • Dale Sims
  • Andrew Waltho

These councillors are eligible to serve until toe 2021 Annual General Meeting.

In addition, there were two casual vacancies available that Council elected not to fill at the most recent Council meeting and were, therefore, open to be filled by a vote of members at the AGM. The meeting unanimously resolved to appoint the two candidates with the next highest number of votes in the Council election to these positions.

As a result:

  • David Andreazza, and
  • Beau Nichols

will join the Council until the 2020 AGM when the positions they have been appointed to would normally be declared vacant, in accordance with Clause 27(a) of AIG’s Constitution.

Members were also asked to vote on a resolution to accept proposed changes to AIG’s Code of Ethics. 96% of members who lodged valid votes agreed with the proposed changes and the members attending the AGM unanimously endorsed this result.

623 valid votes were received from eligible members.

The proposed changes are effective immediately.

The new Council for 2019-2020 is:

  • David Andreazza*
  • Wendy Beets
  • Rod Carlson
  • Matthew Cobb*
  • Katarina David*
  • Robert Findlay
  • Sophie Hancock
  • Patrick Maher*
  • Leah Moore
  • Beau Nichols*
  • Timothy Pippett*
  • Dale Sims
  • John Sykes*
  • Andrew Waltho

Councillor’s names followed by * are eligible for re-election in 2020.

Congratulations to both our new and returning Councillors and thanks to those members who participated in the election and attended last night’s Annual General Meeting.

It was announced that Julian Vearncombe had agreed to accept the role of Chair of AIG’s Ethics and Standards Committee, replacing Jacqui Coombes. This is a very important role in AIG’s efforts to continuously improve professional practice by members.

The Annual General Meeting concluded with questions from the floor, dealing with AIG’s on-line membership application system and the status of considerations to appoint a CEO to manage AIG business.

The AGM was followed by a Queensland Branch technical talk: Development in understanding of the Tritton-Girilambone Cu District: Resolving hydrothermal mineralisation in multiply-deformed rocks presented by Travis Murphy of CSA Global.

30 Things

30 Things, released recently by the Minerals Council of Australia, focusses on the science of materials, materials that mineral and energy explorers, resources developers and miners and petroleum producers find, extract and create for the economies, nations and people of the world.

30 Things is a great resource for pointing out the contribution of minerals and metals to everyday life – things we take for granted like:

  • electricity
  • iPads, smartphones and X-boxes
  • your home
  • beer
  • wind generators and solar panels
  • even the Melbourne Cup.

Download 30 Things in PDF format from the Minerals Council of Australia website.

Science Meets Parliament Scholarships

Scholarships available for Indigenous, LGBTQ+ and regional STEM professionals

  • Indigenous STEM Scholarships for people with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage
  • STEM Pride scholarships for people who identify as LGBTQI+
  • Regional STEM scholarships for STEM practitioners who work in remote or regional Australia (>150km from a major capital city)

Scholarships will cover full registration including the gala dinner in the Great Hall at Parliament House, as well as travel, accommodation, meals and transfers. Financial assistance for childcare is available upon application.

Science meets Parliament brings around 200 Australian scientists and technologists to Canberra for professional development, networking, and to meet face-to-face with MPs and Senators. It is a highlight of the annual parliamentary calendar and has enhanced mutual understanding between parliamentarians and scientists as well as fostering enduring partnerships and collaborations.

Please note that to be eligible for these scholarships you must be a member of or employed by an STA member organisation. AIG members are eligible to apply through AIG’s membership of the Australian Geoscience Council.

The Indigenous STEM Scholarships are proudly supported by the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems(EQUS).

Applications will close on 15 June 2019, with recipients to be contacted by 30 June 2019 and an announcement made shortly after.

For organisations interested in supporting one or more scholarships through sponsorship please get in touch with us at

The scholarship application form is available here.

AIG 2019 Annual General Meeting

The 2019 Australian Institute of Geoscientists Annual General Meeting will be held at the Transcontinental Hotel (Mezzanine Level), George St, Brisbane on 14 May 2019 in conjunction with the Queensland Branch monthly technical talk.  

The formal notice of the AGM has been sent to all members by email, along with instructions for voting in a secure, on-line election of Councillors.  Members will also be asked whether they endorse a proposal to update AIG’s Code of Ethics and Complaints process by on-line poll..

If you have not received the notice of meeting please ensure that your registered email contact details are up to date, please check and update them using the AIG membership portal, also accessible via the Member Login button at the top of the AIG website home page.  A copy of the AGM notice will be sent again tomorrow (26 April) and are also available in the Membership Portal.  Please contact AIG’s Executive Officer, Lynn Vigar, if you require assistance.

AIG’s newsletter and member email lists are seperate – if you receive this newsletter it does not mean that your email contact details for official members correspondence (AGM notices and membership renewal notices) are up to date.

The Council election results and resolution to update AIG’s Code of Ethics will be announced at the AGM.

Latest Australian geoscientist employment survey open

The latest instalment in AIG’s Australian geoscientist employment survey series is open for contributions. Click here to complete the survey.

This survey will provide data on trends in geoscientist employment in Australia during the first quarter (January, February, March) of 2019.  In the final quarter of 2018 quarter, the Australian geoscientists unemployment rate continued a gradual, downward trend, but increased from 8.3% at the end of September, to 9.1% at the end of December.  Underemployment amongst self-employed geoscientists increased markedly. There is still a general perception that exploration and mining investment is strengthening in Australia, but this may not be flowing through to strongly improved employment prospects for geoscientists.

The survey takes only two or three minutes to complete.  You do not need to be an AIG member to contribute.  No data that could personally identify respondents is collected.  Contributions to the survey are required from both employed and unemployed geoscientists to ensure the relevance of results.  Your completing the survey really helps to make a difference to the standing and knowledge of our profession.

The survey will be open for contributions until 28th April 2019.  Every contribution adds to the reliability of the survey results.  

Sincere thanks in advance for your continued support.

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