The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) develops decadal (10 year) plans for all the sciences in Australia. The Academy’s National Committee of Earth Sciences (NCES) is a committee of the AAS that is responsible for developing the Decadal Plan for the Earth Sciences.
Professor Sue O’Reilly is the Chair, National Committee for Earth Sciences.
The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) is an active participant in this process on behalf of its eight Member Organisations (GSA, AIG, AusIMM, ASEG, PESA, AAG, IAH and AGIA).
A survey questionnaire for Australian geoscientists to provide input into the Decadal Plan for Earth Sciences is accessible here.
The decadal plan developed by NCES should help shape the priorities, direction, and emphasis of Earth Sciences in Australia including the education, training, and research that supports it. Community input and feedback is an important part of this process.
The survey is divided into five sections:
- Roles of Earth Sciences
- Training, education and employment
- Strategies for the next decade
- Personal information
This survey should take around 15 minutes to complete, and we recommend completing on Desktop/Laptop devices. The responses will be collated and form an integral part of the formulation of the draft decadal plan. Data from this survey will not be individually identified but will be aggregated to inform the Committee about community views and concerns. Please note there will be an opportunity for formal submissions after the release of the draft document.
The December quarter 2015 Australian Geoscientist Employment Survey is now open for submissions. In view of the holiday season, the survey will receive submissions until 29th January.
Please use the embedded survey form (below – requires Java) or follow this link if you experience any problems.
Sincere thanks for your ongoing support of this initiative.
The latest Australian Geoscientist Employment Survey, designed to measure the employment prospects of geoscientists during the September quarter of 2015 is open for contributions. Please follow this link to complete the survey.
These surveys are run regularly by AIG to help to monitor employment prospects for geoscientists in Australia.
The geoscience professions in Australia are experiencing a pronounced and prolonged downturn in employment prospects. Geoscientist unemployment in Australia, in the June Quarter of 2015 was found to be comparable with that experienced at the peak of the global financial crisis in 2008-2009.
Thanks to your support, the AIG Australian Geoscientist Employment Survey is now regarded as a trusted indicator of geoscientist employment specifically, and an indicator of the health of Australia’s exploration and mining sector more generally. We need your support, for a few minutes every every quarter to maintain the value of this series of surveys.
Please note that no data that could personally identify respondents is collected by this survey.
The survey will remain open for contributions until 16th October.
The few minutes of your time spent completing the survey really helps to make a difference to the standing and knowledge of our profession. Please share the survey link with your friends and colleagues. You do not need to be an AIG member to complete the survey. Contributions are welcome from all professional geoscientists in Australia.
The latest instalment in AIG’s Australian Geoscientist Employment Survey series is open for contributions by following this link.
In the first quarter of 2014 the AIG Australian Geoscientist Employment survey recorded the highest levels of unemployment and underemployment since the surveys commenced in 2008. The September quarter survey showed the first signs of improvement in employment conditions after a protracted downturn. The December 2014 survey showed the improvement observed in the September 2014 to be short lived, potentially setting the scene for another difficult year in 2015.
This survey is designed to collect data for the first half of 2015.
Thanks to the support of many regular contributors, these surveys are now widely considered to be a trusted indicator of geoscientist employment specifically, and an indicator of the health of Australia’s exploration and mining sector more generally.
A decision was made to reduce the frequency of these surveys from quarterly to six-monthly to help foster contributions from the geoscience profession while maintaining their timeliness and relevance. We need your repeated, continued support, for a few minutes every six months, to maintain the value of this series of surveys.
The surveys provide a snapshot of employment opportunities for Australian geoscientists based on “hard data” from a representative sample that is used in representations to government, and for use in a range of other areas by both AIG and industry representative bodies with which AIG shares the survey results.
The few minutes of your time spent completing the survey really helps to make a difference to the standing and knowledge of our profession.
The survey will remain open for contributions until 31st July, 2015 but please take a few minutes to complete the survey now.
Geoscience Australia’s 2015 Top GeoShot photographic competition is now open.
The theme for this year’s competition is “Rock Stars” with a closing date of 1 September 2015.
To participate, simply take a photograph that represents rock features in the Australian landscape.
There are three categories for this year’s competition:
Open 18 years +
Intermediate 13-17 years old
Junior 12 years and under.
Visit the Geoscience Australia web site for more information.