Professional Reciprocity recognised for geoscientists between Australia and the Philippines

The Professional Regulatory Board of Geology which operates under the Professional Regulation Commission of the Phillippines has recognised that reciprocity exists between geoscience bodies in Australia and the Philippines. 

Accordingly, Australian geoscientists are now able to take the Philippines geologist licensure examination.

The recognition of reciprocity between the two countries follows efforts by Scott Robson, an Australian geologist resident in the Philippines to be allowed to take the licensure examination.  Mr Robson has a BSc from Monash University and his professional standing in Australia was supported by letters provided by both AIG and AusIMM.  The Professional Regulatory Board of Geology recognised that Mr Robson’s degree was equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from a Philippines university and that reciprocity on the practice of geology exists between the two countries.

The ruling is seen as establishing the opportunity for other Australian geologists to undertake the Philippines geologist licensure examination in the future.

PACRIM 2019: call for abstracts

PACRIM 2019 will be held in Auckland New Zealand, 3-5 April 2019 by AusIMM with the support of kindred societies and professional institutes.

The theme of the conference will be mineral systems of the Pacific rim.

This call for abstracts seeks the submission of practical and applied case studies for presentation at the Congress.

Please submit your abstract not exceeding 300 words via the speakers portal on the conference website, 

The organising committee encourages collaborative works and urges young professionals and students to make submissions and participate in the extensive and technical networking opportunities this Congress will offer.

The Congress will also offer a series of workshops and field trips in New Zealand and the western Pacific for professional development, and a full social program for additional networking opportunities.

We welcome abstracts with a geophysics and multidisciplinary focus that fall under any of the Congress themes.  Further details regarding the conference are provided by the flyer, available here.

Visiting Hong Kong?

AusIMM’s Hong Kong Branch invites AIG members passing through Hong Kong to attend an AusIMM technical meeting and, if possible, to give a talk.

While Hong Kong is better known for the finance industry, it does have a small group of mining professionals, mostly geologists, who are keen to interact with other geoscientists passing through Hong Kong. If we have not met you before, it’s a guaranteed that either we will know someone you know or have worked in the same mine or project.

In exchange, the Branch committee can offer a few beers and provide some local knowledge on things to do outside of the normal tourist options.

Please contact the AusIMM Hong Kong Branch via Steven Hodgson or Benny Cha with visit details and whether you are able to make a presentation to the local branch.

Tenth International Mining Geology Conference: only two weeks to go!

The Tenth International Mining Geology Conference is only two weeks away.  

The conference is being presented jointly by AusIMM and AIG in Hobart from 20-22 September.

The conference includes a number of pre-and post-conference excursions and workshops, details of which are available from the conference web site.

With just two months to go, please consider registering now.  AIG members have access to a dedicated registration link (hosted by AusIMM).

Keynote Speakers

Exploring the 2015 VALMIN Exposure Draft

Friday 12 June at: 10am in WA; 11.30am in SA/NT; 12 noon in QLD/NSW/VIC; 2pm in NZ; Duration 1 hour

Presented by VALMIN Committee members

Cost: Free

Click here to register on-line via the AusIMM web site.

This webinar provides an opportunity to hear from members of the VALMIN Committee about the Exposure Draft and the changes to the VALMIN Code it proposes. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers after a presentation on the key changes suggested in the Exposure Draft. If you have a question you would like to raise, please email it through to to assist the presenters in addressing it for you as part of the webinar.

The webinar will be recorded and made available for viewing via YouTube as quickly as possible after the session. Advice regarding how to access the recording will be available on the VALMIN website.

VALMIN Code Exposure Draft:

The VALMIN Code is currently under review, and the VALMIN Committee has now released an Exposure Draft revised Code for comments.

The draft revised Code has been prepared in response to changes in regulations and practices over the last decade since the publication of the VALMIN Code 2005. The look and feel of the VALMIN Code 2015 Exposure Draft is different to the VALMIN Code 2005, some of the terminology is different, while the methods and key principles are essentially the same.

Comments on the Exposure Draft revised VALMIN Code close on Friday 17 July 2015. All interested individuals and companies are invited to make a submission.

To review the Exposure Draft, and for instructions on how to make a submission to the VALMIN Committee, please visit the VALMIN website. Inquiries can be directed by email to