Deloitte’s stall at this year’s Diggers and Dealers mining forum has identified the greatest opportunities and the biggest barriers the industry faces in the near future.

The company’s Mining Matrix breaks down the four major trends the industry is facing and encouraged delegates to cast a vote as to which is a barrier and which is an opportunity.

Deloitte WA mining leader Nicki Ivory said the four major trends were the impact of digitalisation, innovation in mining, the future of work and the industry’s overarching image.

“What we have been asking people here is to identify where the biggest opportunities lie for your company and to mark it with a green one,” she said.

"Then we ask where the biggest challenges and barriers lie and we ask them to mark that with a zero.

“What we are seeing is that people have identified the image of mining as a real opportunity. Whereas the future of work — people are clearly concerned with that.”

Ms Ivory said once the conference was finished, the company would send out the final findings of the matrix.

Deloitte sustainability director Michael Wood said it was interesting to see the way the industry’s concerns had changed in the past few years.

“If we had done this kind of survey a couple of years ago the biggest barrier would have been digitalisation,” Mr Wood said.

"Now that the industry has been able to incorporate digitalisation, we are looking at how we can use that to innovate or improve our image.

“I think the image of mining is a fascinating one — as more and more information becomes available to people it means they are able to make quicker decisions.

“So we really need to move forward together as an industry to make sure we are presenting mining as a positive sector for not just WA but all of Australia.”

 

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