The impact of recent technological advancement on mining processes and efficiencies is well documented – almost to the point of exhaustion.


From the mechanisation of underground coal mining in the 1950s to the recent introduction of autonomous haul trucks, the mining industry has always been a rapidly changing sector, pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology.

If the flurry of recent announcements by Australia’s major iron ore producers is to be believed, and the Australian Securities Exchange’s continuous disclosure requirements would suggest they are, money is beginning to flow back into Western Australia’s Pilbara region. 

Mineral processing has become a hot topic in Australia in recent times, as rapid development in the emergent battery minerals space prompts miners and governments to think more about downstream value in the commodities they mine.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) plays an integral role in ensuring Western Australia’s precious landscape is maintained and nurtured for generations to come.

Iron ore. The red dirt stalwart long seen as a staple of the Western Australian mining scene.

Innovation and technology have become vital in driving sustained productivity, cost savings and improvements in safety across the mining sector, according to Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines. 

In October 1963, the world held its breath as a tense political standoff between two hegemonic forces came to a head.  

The future is full of change for the mining sector, according to Deloitte’s Tracking the Trends 2018 report, which shows miners are overcoming innovation barriers, embracing digitisation and paving the way for the workforce of the future. 

For those with anything but a passionate interest in Australian history, the 1861 Census of the Colony of Queensland – the first since the state’s 1859 split from New South Wales – is probably not the most gripping read.