Opportunity at risk - Regaining our competitive edge in minerals resources

The developing world’s economic transformation continues to offer sustained demand growth for Australia’s commodity exports. The fundamental drivers of minerals demand growth, urbanisation and industrialisation, will exist for the next 20 years or more. Neither weaknesses in developed world economies nor a temporary deceleration in China will dampen these long-term trends. For Australia, maintaining our current minerals market shares would add $121 billion per annum to resource sector revenues by 2031. This is a 65% increase for a sector already twice the size it was in 2006. The benefits of this growth would be large and widespread.


In 2012, enrolments across the minerals industry core disciplines of Earth Science, Mining Engineering and Metallurgy indicate some clear emerging trends. Mining Engineering enrolments are dramatically higher in the first and second years of study which will result in increased graduates in 2014-15. Earth Science enrolments, although down in the first and second years of study, are higher in the third year of study which is the pool from where honours students are drawn. Metallurgy enrolments are down across all years of study, a reversal of trend from a few years ago. It would also appear that the effects of the financial correction in 2008-9 no longer impacts on students considering professional careers in the minerals industry.

Review and evaluation of research literature on public nuclear risk perception and implications

This independent review of the research literature on public nuclear risk perception was funded by the Australian Uranium Association. The report details a series of systematic searches and selective review of academic literature using SCOPUS and EBSCO Megafile Complete databases; the latter including the databases MEDLINE, PsycARTICLES, Communication Abstracts, PsycINFO, and socINDEX.

2011 Annual Report - Minerals Council of Australia

A recovery in minerals production and exports following severe floods early in 2011 has underpinned the nation’s export performance with minerals exports (excluding oil and gas) reaching $154 billion in 2010-11. That is 52 per cent of Australia’s total exports. Key commodity prices are down from levels reached in the September quarter 2011 and further easing is in prospect given the weaker global economic outlook. Costs are also rising dramatically in Australia.