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Minerals Council of Australia

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) represents Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry (nationally and internationally), with MCA member companies producing more than 85 per cent of Australia’s annual mineral output. The MCA’s strategic objective is to advocate public policy and operational practice for a world-class industry that is safe, profitable, innovative, environmentally and socially responsible, attuned to community needs and expectations.

The site has a comprehensive careers section outlining where to begin if you want to get into mining, plus professional pathways for all of the major areas of expertise, education and training opportunities, upskilling advice and information on apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience. www.minerals.org.au

AusIMM

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) is the leading organisation representing professionals in the minerals sector, working to maximise opportunities for professionals and promote the value of the minerals industry to the wider community.

The AusIMM site has a great section on education and employment opportunities in the mining sector, including scholarships, awards and special education funds and professional development initiatives. www.ausimm.com.au

AusIMM Women's Auxilliaries

A series of AusIMM Women's Auxilliaries exist across Australia to provide support for mining partners and families. For a list of contacts, visit: www.ausimm.com.au/content/docs/women_aux.pdf

In 2004, the Victorian Women's Auxilliary of AusIMM celebrated its 50th anniversary with the creation of a short book of anecdotes and recollections on mining life, written by past and present members. It's a lovely read, and can be downloaded at www.ausimm.com.au/content/docs/reflections.pdf. (It's a pretty large pdf file, so might take a bit of time to download.)

Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia is the national peak body for engineering disciplines, representing more than 85,000 engineers. The organisation works with government, industry and tertiary education providers to promote engineering and the professional development of members.

The EA website offers great information for students and young engineers keen to work up the ladder, plus industry events and heaps of professional development advice. www.engineersaustralia.org.au

Geological Society of Australia

The Geological Society of Australia promotes and supports earth sciences. Key strategies include building community awareness, political lobbying to support geoscience research and teaching and generating positive media coverage for the industry.

The site offers career and education resources, plus contacts for individual divisions in each state. And you won't believe how many specialist groups there are! www.gsa.org.au