Trying to predict the future has been a fascination of human nature almost since time began. From the use of oracles, soothsayers and psychics to scientific statisticians, knowing what will happen next has always sparked debate.  

Over recent weeks, new projects have been announced, some reopened and others are hitting production. All of this brought with it the news that new jobs were up for the taking. 

After a tumultuous period of unease across Australia’s once burgeoning mining industry, calmer waters are being predicted ahead.

Australia has long been regarded one of the mining innovation capitals of the world, although a recent report suggests the country is behind its competitors when it comes to long-term innovation projects and planning.

Over many years, Australia’s vast landscape has done wonders for the nation’s economic prosperity – offering diverse mineral endowment, often hidden beneath globally unique ecosystems.

A report commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia and released by Deloitte Access Economics at the end of March showed the Australian mining and mining equipment, technology and services (METS) industry held onto its status as a global leader, not only as a mining nation but also as an innovation nation.

There’s little doubt of the vast mineral resource potential across the African continent, though investment conversation is often tempered with underlying concern over the stability of the jurisdiction and potential risk.

Australia’s mining industry delivered an unprecedented set of export figures during the December quarter – smashing quarterly performance benchmarks as it sent $13.4 billion worth of metals and coal abroad.

Despite displaying steely resolve to trumpet his campaign promises and verbalise his thoughts, the recurring theme in early stage commentary on the presidency of Donald J. Trump is that of uncertainty.

Are the tumultuous times over for Australian mining’s mid- tier and all those businesses depending on it?