L

News

News

NT set to attract miners

The Northern Territory mining industry is looking to the future with Monday’s announcement by the Chief Minister Michael Gunner to fund a feasibility study into constructing a common user mine and processing facility in Tennant Creek.  Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) Chief Executive Officer, Simon Bennison,...

Read More >

Minister Johnston supports the Mining Rehabilitation Fund

“Minister Johnston used his speech at AMEC’s Annual General Meeting to reinforce his focus on increasing jobs in the mining and mineral exploration sector and voice his support of the mining rehabilitation fund,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC).   ...

Read More >

Australia benefits from investments made to expand mining production

“The upward revision of Australia’s resources and energy export earnings in the Office of the Chief Economist’s March 2017 Resource and Energy Quarterly shows that Australia continues to benefit from the investments made by the mining sector over the last ten years,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Associati...

Read More >

Co-funded drilling is good news for regional Queensland

“Today’s announcement by Minister Lynham of over $600,000 for collaborative drilling projects in the north west demonstrates much needed support for Queensland’s mining and mineral exploration sector,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC)   &ldqu...

Read More >

Mineral Sector engine room of Western Australia

“The statistics released by the Department of Mines and Petroleum today highlight that Western Australia’s mineral sector remains the engine room of the Australian economy,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “In 2016, Western Australian minerals secto...

Read More >

AMEC congratulates new Minister

“The Association of Mineral and Exploration Companies congratulates the Hon Bill Johnston MLA on his appointment to the mines and petroleum portfolio,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “The Hon Bill Johnston MLA served for eight years as the Shadow Minist...

Read More >

AMEC welcomes the new Cabinet

"The Association of Mineral and Exploration Companies congratulates the Ministers appointed to the Cabinet today,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “The new Cabinet has a full agenda ahead of them to reduce the cost of doing business in Western Australia, ...

Read More >

SA Government's energy security

“The South Australian Government has sent a strong message that it will prioritise reliability and security in the energy sector,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “The Government Energy Plan shows that they are willing to take leadership in ensuring the ...

Read More >

AMEC looks forward to working with WA Labor

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies looks forward to working with Western Australia’s incoming Premier, the Hon Mark McGowan MLA,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “AMEC will work closely with the new Government, particularly the ne...

Read More >

World Class Mining Industry Environmental Responsibility Credentials Showcase

“The world class corporate environmental responsibility credentials of the Australian mining sector were showcased at the recent Mining and the Environment conference hosted in Perth by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, (AMEC). There were several case studies and examples ...

Read More >

Australia on notice with falling mineral investment attractiveness

“Almost all Australian States and Territories are falling when it comes to mineral investment attractiveness according to the Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies for 2016,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. “Western Australia dropped from 1...

Read More >

ABS mineral exploration data shows growth is returning

“Data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirms that mineral exploration is growing again in Australia,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. “The Australian Bureau of Statistics, Mineral and Petroleum Exploration release for the December 2016 qu...

Read More >

Priorities for growth

“Today, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies launched its Western Australian Election Policy Platform,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. “Industry believes reform is critical to maintain and enhance Western Australia`s position as an attractive jur...

Read More >

Minister Harwin's first day on the job

“Today is the Hon Don Harwin MLC’s first day as the Minister for Resources, Energy and Utilities for New South Wales,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. “A key focus he must have from day one is to speed up the approvals process and open up land access to en...

Read More >

Western Australia must change payroll tax arrangements

“The Western Australian Government needs to stimulate the economy and reform payroll tax,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. “Payroll tax is an insidious tax that is inefficient, a major business input cost, and a disincentive to investment.” “The ...

Read More >

Good news regarding Ministerial decision making

“Today’s confirmation by WA Labor that Environmental Ministerial discretion will remain unchanged is good news,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. “While the speculation to refer environmental decisions to the SAT made in the media this morning was extremely...

Read More >

Yeelirrie decision is good news for Australia

“Cabinet’s decision yesterday to approve the Yeelirrie uranium project is more positive news for Australia’s uranium industry and its investors,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. “Four uranium projects have received approval in Western Australia. ...

Read More >

Production up but mineral exploration down

“In 2016 -2017, Australian resources exports grew by a further A$14.76 billion on 2015-16 figures - a full 15% higher,” said Mr Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). Every Australian will benefit from this increase through jobs, taxes and royalties. The figures releas...

Read More >

Mid-Year Financial Projection Statements reinforce importance of mining in WA

“The Western Australian State Government’s Mid-Year Financial Projection Statements have again demonstrated the economic and financial importance of mining to WA,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “The contribution of mining royalties to Western Aus...

Read More >

Queensland budget boosted by coal

“Queensland’s 2016-17 Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review has demonstrated yet again how important mining and mineral exploration is to the economy,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “Thanks to coal, the Queensland Government has forecast its largest...

Read More >

Half Yearly Review shows New South Wales mining crucial

“The Half Yearly Review shows that the New South Wales Government is trim and ready for business,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “The government’s strong financial management has been recognised by a Triple A credit rating, virtually no debt and f...

Read More >

EPA takes positive steps

"The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authorities’ updated guidelines and procedures and website are steps in the right direction to increase clarity and certainty in Western Australia’s approval process,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). &...

Read More >

Celebrating industry successes - 2016 AMEC Awards and 35th Anniversary

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) annual Awards Dinner was held on Thursday 8 December 2016 in the fantastic setting of Kings Park in West Perth. At the same time we celebrated AMEC`s 35th anniversary,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. The pre...

Read More >

First steps to discovering the mines of tomorrow

“Today’s announcement about the implementation of the $100 million Exploring for the Future program is a great investment by the Federal Government,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “Investing $100 million in Geoscience Australia to produce pre-com...

Read More >

Mineral exploration green shoots continue to grow

“The latest exploration figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show an upturn in greenfields mineral exploration in Australia, said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, Chief Executive Officer. Total expenditure on greenfields exploration has risen 30% over the last two quarters, but is still well...

Read More >

WA committed to mineral exploration investment

“It is fantastic that the Western Australian Government is committed to investing in the future of the industry though the latest round of co-funded mineral exploration drilling,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “42 companies and prospectors will receive...

Read More >

EDI modulation factor announced

“The modulation factor for the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) has been announced today. An entity’s maximum exploration credit amount for the 2016-17 income year is 1,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “This is good news for Australian...

Read More >

Government putting budget before jobs

“The passage today of the Utah Point privatisation legislation is an example of the Government risking $1 billion worth of export trade and 2,000 jobs in the Pilbara to fix their budget hole,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “The Nationals had a great oppo...

Read More >

Exploration support welcomed

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has welcomed a Queensland Government announcement to boost funding for exploration in the North West of the state. Regional Manager, Les Cox said the Association had lobbied long and hard for the collaborative drilling program to continue and the half million dollar allocation, anno...

Read More >

FIFO Bill Fails

Emerging miners in Queensland could again bear the brunt of inappropriate legislation, designed to catch much bigger players, with the introduction of the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill in the Queensland Parliament this week.    “A complete  ban on 100% fly-in fly-out operations will affect every miner...

Read More >

Mining investors wary

Investor confidence in the Queensland junior mining sector took another hit this week when the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill was passed in the Parliament. The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies  (AMEC) Regional Manager,  Les Cox,  said the association...

Read More >

Finding a balance with new ASX listing rules

“The ASX has clearly attempted to find a balance when it released the latest Admission Requirements for Listed Entities”, said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). The ASX was faced with an objective to ensure that the market meets the principles of quality and integrity, ...

Read More >

Investor sentiment returning, as commodity prices begin to rebound

“The Grant Thornton 2016 JUMEX survey launched last week shows some positive sentiment returning to the market. “IPOs are still very thin on the ground in the mining and exploration sectors although there appears to be a bottoming in 2015 with an increase in late 2016, said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration C...

Read More >

Uncertainty on Forward Looking Statements still remains

“The mining and mineral exploration sector is still faced with uncertainty on what they can say and what they can`t say on ‘secured funding’ in relation to Forward Looking Statements to the capital markets”, said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). The latest ...

Read More >

Opportunities lost in deferred Aboriginal heritage reforms

“Media comments by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Hon Peter Collier, that proposed changes to WA`s Aboriginal heritage legislation are being deferred until next year are not surprising, but they are extremely disappointing,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. The Aborigina...

Read More >

South Australian mining legislation review timely

“The announcement by the Hon Tom Koutsantonis, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy of the proposed comprehensive review of South Australia`s mining legislation is timely,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. The Review will provide the South Australian Government with a gre...

Read More >

Parliamentary Report supports concerns of the Junior Miners

“The concerns expressed by AMEC and the Users of the Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility (UPBHF) in Port Hedland have been supported by the findings and recommendations of the standing Parliamentary Committee Report into the Pilbara Ports Assets (Disposal) Bill,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive, Association of Mining and Explorati...

Read More >

ACCC comments vindicate Utah Point junior miners position

“Pending the imminent release of a Parliamentary Committee report on the privatisation of the Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has vindicated the position adopted by the users of the port,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies...

Read More >

Dangerous precedent could be created

“The mining industry needs certainty and predictability in the public policy setting process, particularly with major business input costs such as taxation and royalties,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. The media commentary suggesting that members of the WA Nationals are con...

Read More >

Science and innovation critical to future mining

The Innovation in Mining: Australia 2016 report released by Deloitte in conjunction with AMEC and Diggers and Dealers compliments the Federal Government`s Science and Innovation Strategy in working towards developing the mines of tomorrow, and increasing the growth and productivity of existing mines,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive, ...

Read More >

WA State policy platform to create jobs

“AMEC`s Western Australian Policy Platform is aimed at creating jobs through increased exploration activity and reduced business input costs, said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. In the lead up to the WA election in March 2017, AMEC has released its Policy Platform (copy available here)...

Read More >

South Australia open for start-up businesses

“The South Australian Government is clearly open for start-up businesses, including those in the mining and mineral exploration sector, said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis announced that the South Australian Economic Investment Fund will receive an extra $20 ...

Read More >

Extension of port charges cost relief welcomed

“The Minister for State Development, Hon Bill Marmion, and the Minister for Transport, Hon Dean Nalder jointly announced today that the $2.50/tonne interim relief package at the Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility in Port Hedland due to expire on 30 June 2016 will be extended for at least another 12 months.  “AMEC welcomes thi...

Read More >

Limited vision for Queensland`s future

“There are no clear signs in the 2016/17 Budget that the Queensland Government is looking to the future through a promotion of increased exploration to discover the mines of tomorrow”, said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. “In handing down his second budget Treasurer Curtis ...

Read More >

AMEC Convention 2016 in the Media

The AMEC Convention 2016 received a wide range of media coverage before, during and after the event. This included print, TV, radio and online media outlets. A sample of the media coverage is below. ...

Read More >

Uncertainty caused by ASIC guidance on forward-looking statements

“The release of ASIC Information Sheet 214 on Forward-Looking Statements has created significant uncertainty in the Australian mining and mineral exploration sector,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, Chief Executive. In fact, ever since the guidance was released in April AMEC has received unp...

Read More >

Mixed reaction to the WA Budget by the mining industry

“The WA State Budget and Forward Estimates have some good and bad news for hundreds of Western Australian based mining and mineral exploration companies,” said Graham Short, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, National Policy Manager. The investment of $30 million over the period 2017/18 to 2019/20 in the Exploration...

Read More >

Most concerns addressed in WA Mining Bill Inquiry

“The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Legislation appears to have addressed most concerns in its Inquiry into the WA Mining Legislation Amendment Bill”, said Graham Short, AMEC National Policy Manager. Unfortunately, there will be further delays in the passage of the Amendment Bill as the new Minister for Mines and Petroleum,...

Read More >

Greenfield Exploration - a pivotal innovation priority for Australia

“The Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison managed to perform a balancing act in delivering his first Budget in what are difficult economic circumstances, where the Government has tried to juggle financial responsibility with voter sentiment, said Graham Short, AMEC National Policy Manager. The allocation of $100 million to Geoscience Aust...

Read More >

South Australian Co-funded drilling program grants increased

AMEC congratulates the South Australian Government on increasing the maximum grant available to mineral exploration companies under the PACE program. The Government and industry co-funded PACE program has proven to be very successful in discovering future mines, particularly with the copper-gold Carapateena project. The desire to disco...

Read More >

Mining and Exploration Convention looks BEYOND THE HORIZON

“The Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda recognises the importance of innovation to a strong economy however it does not include the resources sector in the conversation,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer. “This is despite the...

Read More >

AMEC congratulates new Mines Minister for Western Australia

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) congratulates the new Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum; and Small Business, Mr Sean L'Estrange,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC Chief Executive Officer. “AMEC looks forward to working closely with Minister L'Estrange on finishing off the good ...

Read More >

Unrealistic regulation of Queensland mining workforce

“The Queensland Government should not introduce any legislation or attempt to regulate workforce practices surrounding local mines,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, CEO. “The announcement by the Minister for State Development, Hon Anthony Lynham that he intends to introduce legislation...

Read More >

A win for Queensland coal explorers

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) is pleased to see the Queensland Government has listened to the industry and agreed to extend the expenditure concession program to coal explorers,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC Chief Executive Officer.   “Minister Anthony Lynham had originally announced this...

Read More >

Queensland rushing environmental changes without consultation

“The introduction of the Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Bill today by Dr Steven Miles, Queensland's Minister for the Environment and Heritage Protection, has caused significant concern for the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) and its members in Queensland,” said Simon Bennison, ...

Read More >

Australia on top of the world for mining investment

“According to the annual global Survey of Mining Companies 2015 by the Canadian based Fraser Institute, Australia surpassed both Canada and United States this year to become the most attractive region in the world for investment in mining and mineral exploration,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (...

Read More >

Statistics positive for greenfields mineral exploration

“The latest exploration figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show some positive signs for greenfields mineral exploration,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, Chief Executive Officer.   “In what is traditionally a negative quarter for mineral exploration, this year we ...

Read More >

Retrograde step for QLD resources industry

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies is extremely disappointed the Queensland Labor Government has taken the retrograde step of re-opening mining objections to anyone, regardless of whether or not they are directly affected by a project,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC Chief Executive Officer.   “While t...

Read More >

AMEC supports WA Mining Bill

In response to comments from some National Party members calling for the Mining Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 to be referred to a Parliamentary Committee, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) CEO Simon Bennison said “As the peak industry representative body for hundreds of mid-tier mining and exploration companies, ...

Read More >

AMEC thanks resources industry advocates Ian Macfarlane and Gary Gray

“On behalf of the mining and mineral exploration sector I would like to thank the Hon. Ian Macfarlane and the Hon. Gary Gray AO for their contributions to the advancement of the sector for the benefit of all Australians during their political tenure,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) Chief E...

Read More >

Queensland Government shows support for mineral explorers

“AMEC is pleased with today’s announcement from Minister Anthony Lynham regarding a reduction in expenditure requirements for mineral explorers in Queensland,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, CEO. “AMEC has been a strong advocate for this initiative and worked with the Minister an...

Read More >

Report vindicates uranium exploration and mining

“The Tentative Findings of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission released today vindicates the expansion of the uranium exploration and mining industry throughout Australia,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer.   “The robust independent review foun...

Read More >

Thousands of shareholders to benefit in exploration tax offsets

“Thousands of Australian shareholders will benefit from the Federal Government`s Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) programme”, said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer. “The announcement today by the Assistant Treasurer and the Minister for Resources that 84...

Read More >

New reliable energy source to boost resources projects

“The new 293 kilometre Eastern Goldfields Pipeline commissioned today will provide a reliable and cost effective energy source to one of Western Australia’s key resource regions,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer.   “Access to cost effective ...

Read More >

Fuel Tax Credit update

The Fuel Tax Credits (FTC) scheme provides businesses with an ability to obtain a refund of the excise or fuel tax included in the price of fuel. Fuel used to operate machinery, plant, equipment and heavy vehicles may be eligible to a FTC (up to $0.39 per litre) where the specific activities align with the comprehensive eligibility criteria unde...

Read More >

Increase greenfields mineral exploration

“In these challenging times, the minerals industry needs to take full advantage of the Exploration Incentive Scheme and the Exploration Development Incentive programs available. AMEC encourages companies to apply for these where they are eligible,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Exe...

Read More >

Uranium industry provides jobs and economic benefits to WA

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) is pleased that the Western Australian Government has the foresight to see the potential that uranium mining provides for the State,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC, Chief Executive Officer. Speaking at a briefing at Vimy Resources’ Mulga Rock project yesterday, the Wes...

Read More >

Harmonisation of the WA Work Health and Safety Bill

The Western Australian Government is taking a step toward harmonisation of the Work Health and Safety Bill to provide the best version of the national legislation tailored to the Western Australian environment. “This is welcome news for the minerals industry and follows a recent approach by AMEC to the Premier of Western Australia rega...

Read More >

AMEC congratulates Roy Hill on momentous achievement

“On behalf of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) I would like to congratulate the team at Roy Hill on the sailing of the first shipment of iron ore from the Roy Hill Project,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC, Chief Executive Officer.    “This is a momentous occasion for the company and for th...

Read More >

WA committed to investing in mineral exploration

“It is fantastic that the Western Australian Government is committed to investing in the future of the industry though the latest round of co-funded mineral exploration drilling,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer. “48 companies and prospectors will receive ...

Read More >

Stricter land access arrangements would damage the industry

Preceding the next COAG Standing Council on Energy and Resources meeting, 79 farmers, landholders and traditional owners from across Australia have written to Minister Frydenberg and the State Ministers calling on them to give landholders the right to say no to mining.    “Calls by farmers, landholders and Traditional Own...

Read More >

PACE Copper initiative to drive exploration investment in SA

Following the success of the South Australian Government’s Plan for Accelerating Exploration (PACE) program launched in 2004, the Government has launched a new initiative tailored to the copper industry.   “The new $20 million PACE Copper initiative is a fantastic opportunity to increase investment in South Austr...

Read More >

Greenfields mineral exploration falls

“Mineral exploration in the September 2015 quarter was dominated by exploration on existing deposits, leading to a fall in greenfields mineral exploration metres drilled,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer.   “Greenfield mineral exploration is still...

Read More >

EDI modulation factor announced

“The modulation factor for the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) has been announced today. An entity’s maximum exploration credit amount for the 2015-16 income year is 1,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer.   “This is fantastic news for ...

Read More >

Good news for uranium miners and explorers

“The Australia-India and Australia-UAE nuclear cooperation Agreements will offer significant potential for Australia’s uranium miners and explorers,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer.   “The Agreements enable Australian companies to commence ...

Read More >

Queensland drives investment in mineral exploration and mining

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies welcomes the announcement of a dedicated Resources Investment Commissioner to assist Queensland mineral explorers and miners compete for investment capital.   “Despite Queensland’s mineral endowment, it is essential that companies can attract international investors to ...

Read More >

Red tape reduction a good start

“The Western Australian Government has made a good start towards reducing red tape for the mining and mineral exploration sector however much more needs to be done,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer.   “The Mines and Petroleum and Finance Minister ...

Read More >

Swift passage of the One-Stop Shop legislation for environmental approvals

“Legislation to allow implementation of the Federal Coalition’s One-Stop Shop must be passed through Parliament as a matter of urgency,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer.   “Passage of this legislation will reduce the unnecessary duplications...

Read More >

Forum addresses business input costs for minerals sector

Speaking at the AMEC Financial and Regulatory Strategies Forum in Perth on Thursday, the Federal Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, said we need a tax system that does not detract from economic growth but is as efficient as possible.   The Forum focussed on reducing the cost of doing businesses through improved r...

Read More >

MRF recognised for developing the economy

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) congratulates the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) on its outstanding achievement this week,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC Chief Executive Officer. “The innovative Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) won the Premier’s Award for Excellence ...

Read More >

China FTA offers significant benefits for industry and Australia

“The mineral exploration and mining sector is pleased that common sense has prevailed in seeing the passage of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) through parliament today,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer. “The Federal Labor Party’s su...

Read More >

Some green shoots despite tough conditions

“The lack of equity finance continues to be the most significant business constraint for mineral exploration and mining companies. This is having a significant impact on exploration expenditure and capital works,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer. “However ...

Read More >

Mental health is an important community-wide concern

“There is no doubt that mental health is an important community-wide concern and not limited to one industry or sector,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer. “The Western Australian Government has recognised this in its response to the findings of a Parliament...

Read More >

Resources sector welcomes new ministry

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) congratulates the new Ministers and Assistant Ministers on their appointments. We look forward to working with them to improve business and investment conditions for the resources sector,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC Chief Executive Officer. “Minerals exploration is ...

Read More >

Marginal improvements in mineral exploration

“The latest exploration figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics are showing some signs of improvement for greenfields mineral exploration,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, Chief Executive Officer. “There is still a long way to go to return to the levels of mineral exploration s...

Read More >

Government reforms support jobs and end green 'lawfare'

“The mining and exploration industry supports the Federal Government in standing up to green extremists gaming legislation to block mining development,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies CEO. “A number of groups have become quite sophisticated in law to game the Environment Protection and ...

Read More >

Rate gouging by regional shire councils

Article by Graham Short, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies National Policy Manager, published in The West Australian 12 August 2015 under the titled ‘Shire rate gouging ignores reality: AMEC’. In discussions with mining and mineral exploration companies at the Diggers and Dealers Forum in Kalgoorlie last week, one i...

Read More >

Cost restraint in regional Local Government essential

“The announcement by the WA Minister for Local Government, Hon Tony Simpson, in which he put Local Government Authorities (LGAs) on notice in relation to council rate setting, is a sensible and proactive initiative,” said Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) National Policy Manager, Graham Short. “AMEC has...

Read More >

Discovering the mines of tomorrow

“The UNCOVER Roadmap to be launched in Perth this week reinforces what the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has been advocating for the past decade – that greenfields mineral exploration must be a priority in order to discover the mines of tomorrow,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC, Chief Executive Officer. ...

Read More >

Changes to Act will slow down economic development

“AMEC is very disappointed to see the changes to the Minerals & Energy Resources Common Provisions Act 2014 (MERCP) announced by the Government yesterday. The amendments will remove a section that allowed objections to the largest projects in the state to come directly from the stakeholders most affected” said Simon Bennison, Ass...

Read More >

Exploration takes a backward step in QLD Budget

“The Queensland Government has handed down the 2015-16 Budget which appears to have completely overlooked the mining and mineral exploration sector,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer. “AMEC is extremely concerned that the Government has ceased funding for ...

Read More >

Assessment fees on hold

"The deferral of new fees for programmes of work and mining licenses, announced today by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Hon. Bill Marmion, has been well received by industry,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, CEO. “It is extremely positive that the Minister has listened to feedback...

Read More >

Celebrating industry successes

2015 AMEC Awards and Mining Hall of Fame Inductees The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) partnered with the Australian Prospectors and Miners' Hall of Fame to present the 2015 AMEC Awards and Mining Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. The Awards Dinner was held on Wednesday 24 June at the Crown Perth, following the AM...

Read More >

Diversification key to the future

Speaking at the AMEC Convention this morning, Shane Wright, Economics Editor for The West Australian, highlighted the dangers of relying on the Chinese market. “There are definitely ongoing economic opportunities in China. But for diversification of risk we cannot ignore what is going on in India,” Mr Wright said at the AMEC Conv...

Read More >

Securing a strong future for Northern Australia

“The Federal Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia recognises the enormous potential Australia’s north holds for regional communities, investment in industry and the flow-on economic benefits for all Australians,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), CEO.  ...

Read More >

Mental health important Australia-wide

“The Education and Health Standing Committee’s Final Report into The impact of FIFO work practices on mental health makes 30 recommendations which the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies will review in detail with industry,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC, CEO. “Companies are extremely cognisant of the health a...

Read More >

Atlas - the iron ore story

Attendees at the AMEC Convention will have the opportunity to hear the latest on Atlas Iron and the iron ore industry from Managing Director, David Flanagan. Mr Flanagan will discuss Atlas Iron and the challenges facing iron ore producers in the current climate. He will also be available for a brief Q&A after his presentation. Last w...

Read More >

An evening to recognise industry achievements

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) is partnering with the Australian Prospectors and Miners' Hall of Fame to present the 2015 AMEC Awards and Mining Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. The event will be held on 24 June at the Crown Perth, Western Australia. Several awards will be presented during the evening incl...

Read More >

AMEC Convention 2015 Preview - The West Australian

The AMEC Convention Preview featured in The West Australian on 3 June 2015. Forum explores the future of Australia’s industry The AMEC Convention 2015 will bring together world-class presenters, industry leaders and government offi cials to explore the future of the mining and mineral exploration industry in Australia.... Click h...

Read More >

Investment in mineral exploration essential

“The latest exploration figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics demonstrate a continued decline, particularly in greenfields exploration,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer. “In the March 2015 quarter, metres drilled on new deposits was down 50 perc...

Read More >

Mixed news for the mining industry in WA

“The WA State Budget has some mixed news for hundreds of mining and mineral exploration companies,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, CEO. “The Government should be congratulated for not being tempted to extract new and additional significant revenue streams from the mining industry, give...

Read More >

Encouraging investment in the resources sector

“The Federal Government’s 2015-16 Budget is a sensible Budget that has the potential to improve confidence and encourage investment in the mining and mineral exploration sectors,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), CEO. “It is pleasing that the Government has recognised the im...

Read More >

Shire rates increases corrected

“The minerals industry in Western Australia is most appreciative of the efforts of the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Marmion, and Minister for Lands, Terry Redman, for expediting legislation which addresses the skyrocketing shire rates on exploration licences,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Compa...

Read More >

Northern Territory land access advantages under threat

“The Northern Territory is regarded as a jurisdiction that encourages companies willing to take a chance, to build new industries and provide for future Territorians. This is why mining, exploration and primary industries have invested in the Territory,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, CEO. ...

Read More >

Exploration incentive delivers significant benefits to WA

“An independent economic impact study into the Western Australian Government’s Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) vindicates the Government’s commitment to the program since its introduction in 2009,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Chief Executive Officer. “The repor...

Read More >

Energy reform sensible step forward

“The Energy White Paper and the numerous priorities identified for the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council are a sensible step forward in the energy reform process,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC, Chief Executive Officer. “A long term strategic approach to secure, affordable and reliable energy is a fundamental req...

Read More >

No increase in royalty rates applauded

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) welcomes the announcement by the Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Marmion, that there will be no changes to the royalty rate regime, and that next year’s budget will have no allowance for an increase in royalty rates. It is clear from the Mineral...

Read More >

Port charges review must be extended

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) welcomes the announcement by the Western Australian Minister for Finance, Bill Marmion, that the Department of Finance will be undertaking a review of the Pilbara Port Authority’s charges for the Utah Point Multi-User Bulk Export Facility,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC, C...

Read More >

Fast-track resolution for skyrocketing shire rates

“The announcement by the Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Marmion, and Minister for Lands, Terry Redman, that legislation will be fast-tracked into State Parliament to address the skyrocketing shire rates is a terrific outcome for the industry,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Compa...

Read More >

Rewards for exploration investors

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) applauds the Government on meeting its pre-election commitment to implement the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI). Legislation for the EDI has now passed through the Senate with bipartisan support,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC, CEO. “The Government has recognis...

Read More >

The Senate must support the much needed EDI

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) applauds the House of Representatives on passing the Bill for the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI),” said Simon Bennison, AMEC, CEO. “This is a significant achievement for the minerals industry in Australia. “The EDI will encourage much needed inve...

Read More >

Government and industry agreed on streamlining environmental approvals

Controversy over the assessment of applications to develop mines in the Banded Iron Formations (BIF) in certain regions of the Mid West was highlighted at the AMEC Mining and the Environment Conference this morning. “The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) believes these applications have not been given the opportuni...

Read More >

Innovation and collaboration essential for environmental success

At the AMEC Mining and the Environment Conference held in Perth today, Government leaders highlighted the importance of collaboration between industry and Government. “This Conference recognises the importance of a collaborative approach between industry and Government to achieve the best environmental outcomes and processes”, sa...

Read More >

WA rehabilitation fund a growing success

Speaking at the AMEC Mining and the Environment Conference in Perth today, the Hon. Bill Marmion, Minister for Mines and Petroleum, said that the Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) was “one of the Department’s biggest environmental reforms” with $1 billion in unconditional performance bonds returned to industry since the implemen...

Read More >

AMEC recommendations to increase exploration in NSW

In advance of the New South Wales Election, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has released a Policy Platform – Creating a Globally Competitive Mineral Exploration and Mining Industry – for the consideration of the incoming Government.  “AMEC has identified thi...

Read More >

Another deterrent to exploration and mining in WA

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) remains strongly opposed to new fees for assessing Mining Proposals (MPs) and Programmes of Works (PoWs) in Western Australia,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “AMEC has opposed the ad hoc approach to back calculating fees for MPs and PoWs since the concept was firs...

Read More >

Certainty essential for QLD jobs

“Queensland Labour’s plan to legislate against 100% fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) projects is extremely concerning,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), CEO.   “A blanket approach to FIFO workforce arrangements is not feasible as many operations are in remote locations and de...

Read More >

Strong relationship with Japan to increase international competitiveness

“The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) which commences today will strengthen Australia’s partnership with Japan and increase investment opportunities in the Australian resources sector,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) CEO.   “Japan is Australia...

Read More >

AMEC launches Queensland Policy Platform 2015

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has released a Queensland Policy Platform. It identifies a number of key policy initiatives requiring the incoming Government’s immediate attention in order to create a vibrant mineral exploration and mining industry in the State. “The Queensland Government needs a strong...

Read More >

Some relief for iron ore miners

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) welcomes the announcement by Premier Colin Barnett and Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion on the royalty relief program for eligible iron ore miners,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “AMEC is pleased to see the approach being taken by the State Government in ...

Read More >

AMEC and China Beijing International Mining Exchange sign MOU

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Beijing International Mining Exchange (CBMX).   Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO said, “The MOU is a significant step towards fostering a strong relationship between China and the Australian mining and exploration indus...

Read More >

Imminent boost for mineral exploration

“The introduction of new legislation into Parliament yesterday is a significant step towards the full implementation of the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI),” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), CEO.   “The legislation is now due to be debated in the first sitting of ...

Read More >

Investment in exploration essential for new discoveries in WA

“Round 10 of the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) will provide up to $4.69 million for 41 drilling and prospecting projects. This will be a much needed boost to the exploration and support services sector in Western Australia,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) CEO.   “Th...

Read More >

Aboriginal heritage reforms a win-win for stakeholders

“The Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014 introduced into Parliament today will improve efficiency, decision making, transparency and compliance in the development approvals process, whilst also protecting Aboriginal heritage sites,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) CEO. “The We...

Read More >

Improved timeframes needed for all development applications in NSW

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) congratulates the New South Wales Government for recognising the need and committing to improve timeframes for assessments of state significant developments such as mines,” said Bernie Hogan, AMEC Regional Manager.   “The plans aim to reduce the average as...

Read More >

China-Australia FTA to boost resources sector

“The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement will be a boost to the Australian resources sector,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), CEO.   “It will increase Australia’s international competitiveness and support Australia’s resources and energy exports into China, ...

Read More >

Equity needed in royalties

An extract of this opinion article by Simon Bennison, CEO, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, was published in The West Australian today under the title ‘Premier should not raise any royalties’. Public comments from Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett last Friday that royalty rates for iron ore will n...

Read More >

China coal tariffs weigh on Australian producers

“The shock introduction of import tariffs on coal into China from this Wednesday, 15 October, will be another blow to the Australian coal industry,” said Simon Bennison, CEO, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.   “Last week China announced import tariffs of 3 percent for anthracite coal and coking coal...

Read More >

Vilification without credible evidence is unacceptable

“The decision by the Australian National University (ANU) to publicly blacklist seven resources companies and divest its investment holdings in these companies is an extreme and inappropriate reaction to what appears to be a flawed report by a Canberra based consultancy group,” said Simon Bennison, CEO, Association of Mining and Expl...

Read More >

One-Stop Shop must have support

“It is extremely disappointing that the Greens and the Palmer Untied Party (PUP) are reversing the inroads the Federal Coalition, and the previous Labour Government, have made to reducing red tape and streamlining the approvals processes,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies CEO.   &ldquo...

Read More >

Flexibility in 457 visas essential

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) welcomes the final report into the review of the temporary skilled visa subclass 457 program: Robust New Foundations - A Streamlined, Transparent and Responsive System for the 457 Programme,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “AMEC commends the report’s ai...

Read More >

Unlocking Australia's uranium potential

“The recent signing of a Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement between India and Australia is a significant boost to the Australian uranium mining and exploration industry, and will enable Australia to supply clean energy to support the growth of India,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) CEO. ...

Read More >

Australia regains competitiveness

“AMEC congratulates the Senate on passing the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2014. This is another step towards restoring Australia’s international competitiveness,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), CEO. “AMEC has consistently stated that the...

Read More >

Mineral exploration key to industrys future

“The Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia June 2014 quarter report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ shows a slight increase in mineral exploration expenditure and metres drilled on the back of consistent decreases,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies CEO. &ldqu...

Read More >

NSW drives explorers away with added costs

“The New South Wales Government’s response to the report into land access arbitration by Mr Bret Walker SC is nothing short of a capitulation to anti-mining groups,” said Bernie Hogan, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Regional Manager. “To include legal representation into the arbitration proces...

Read More >

EPA proposals to be scrutinised

“The recommendations made today by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on the cumulative environmental impacts of development in the Pilbara region will be scrutinised by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC),” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO.   “AMEC will be investigating the potential ...

Read More >

Government program targets new mineral discoveries

“The South Australian Government’s PACE initiative has been a valuable investment in the State’s mineral exploration industry since its introduction in 2004,” said Simon Bennison, CEO of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC).   “The program has generated substantial investment in pr...

Read More >

Mining sector integral to the economy

  “The mining sector is a key economic driver in Australia, contributing billions of dollars each year in taxes and royalties, contributing 10% of Australia’s GDP, and employing almost 100,000 people in Western Australia alone,” said Simon Bennison, CEO of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), at ...

Read More >

Collaborative drilling projects unlocking QLD's potential

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) applauds the support the Queensland Government is providing the mineral exploration sector through collaborative drilling grants, creating jobs and opportunities in the State,” said Bernie Hogan, AMEC Regional Manager.   “Co-funded drilling programs have b...

Read More >

Greens Bill could hit junior miners and explorers

“The Green’s bill to abolish diesel fuel credits for the ‘big miners’ could have unintended consequences for emerging miners and junior explorers. The Greens are naïve and do not take into account the essential role of diesel fuel in the mining industry,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Explorati...

Read More >

Cash tendering undermines QLD uranium announcement

“The announcement today that the Queensland Government is ready to accept applications for uranium mining in Queensland is welcome news to the mining and exploration industry,” said Bernie Hogan, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Regional Manager.   “Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, T...

Read More >

MRRT MUST BE REPEALED IMMEDIATELY

“It is extremely disappointing that the Senate has again blocked the repeal of the mining tax,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) CEO.   “AMEC calls on the Senate to support the repeal of the mining tax as a matter of urgency.   “Combined with the removal...

Read More >

Repeal of the carbon tax a step towards restoring international competitiveness

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) is extremely pleased that the carbon tax has finally been repealed,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO.   “The carbon charge through reduction in diesel fuel tax credit has meant all AMEC members are paying more for their energy. Due to their remote location t...

Read More >

2014 Award Winners

The AMEC Convention Dinner was held on Wednesday 2 July at the Crown Perth. Babs McHugh from ABC Radio presented the evening and the special guest speaker was Peter Bell, former Fremantle Dockers Captain.   Several awards were presented during the evening including the AMEC Prospector Award, AMEC Media Awards and the AMEC Environmen...

Read More >

AMEC Media Awards

The AMEC Media Awards recognise excellence in journalism covering the Australian mineral exploration and mining industry. Entries are judged on their clarity, relevance, quality of research, level of impact on industry stakeholders and overall benefit to the mining and mineral exploration industry. 2016 Award Winners AMEC Online/Dig...

Read More >

AMEC Prospector Awards

About the Award The prestigious AMEC Prospector Award for individual endeavour in the field of mineral exploration was first presented by AMEC in 1993. It is given to the individual/s who made the most outstanding mineral deposit discovery within recent years. The award is made in recognition of the discovery itself, as well as the individua...

Read More >

Royalty debate continues

Speaking at the AMEC Convention in Perth today, Michelle Andrews, Deputy Director General, WA Department of Mines and Petroleum highlighted the state’s dependence on mining royalties. “In ten years, the royalties have gone from 8% of total State Government revenue, to approximately 22%” Michelle said. State revenue is a...

Read More >

Boost for Australian greenfield mineral exploration

“The launch of the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) by Federal Minister for Industry Hon Ian Macfarlane at the AMEC Convention in Perth today will be a much needed boost to greenfield mineral exploration in Australia,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) CEO   “The Coa...

Read More >

AMEC Environment Award

The AMEC Environment Award reflects the increasing importance of managing environmental impacts of mineral mining and exploration projects. It is made to a company that goes above and beyond in their management of environmental impacts or is developing innovative methods to achieve better long term environmental outcomes. The judging criteri...

Read More >

NO CREDIBILITY IN ANTI-MINING REPORT

“The Australia Institute has today released another anti-mining report, attacking the Industry, Federal, State and Territory Governments,” said the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) CEO, Simon Bennison.   “The report ignores the billions of dollars already paid by the industry to the Federal Go...

Read More >

NSW Budget overlooks the mining industry

“The New South Wales Budget has ignored many of the concerns raised by the mineral exploration and mining industry,” said Simon Bennison, CEO of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.   “Whilst the Government should be commended for handing down a solid budget forecast that seeks to boost economic gro...

Read More >

QLD strives to become the premier exploration state in Australia

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies supports the Report to Government released today from the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Exploration (MACE),” said AMEC CEO Simon Bennison.   “Queensland now has an opportunity to promote itself as a destination for exploration investment. By showing support ...

Read More >

Aboriginal Heritage reforms crucial

“The release today by the Western Australian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Hon Peter Collier MLC, of the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014 and a number of Fact Sheets is extremely timely for the mining and minerals exploration industry. The current legislation dates back over 40 years and is well overdue for comprehensive review a...

Read More >

Downward trend for Australian mineral exploration

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for Mineral and Petroleum Exploration Australia - March quarter 2014 show a consistent decline in expenditure on mineral exploration.    “There has been a steady decrease in recent years which is causing extreme concern and hardship for those in the sector,...

Read More >

QLD Budget looks towards strong future

“AMEC commends the Queensland Government for bringing down an appropriate budget that is focussed on the long-term economic development of Queensland,” said Bernie Hogan, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Regional Manager.   “In the face of globally difficult investment markets for mid-tier miners and...

Read More >

Restore industry confidence and increase exploration investment

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) congratulates the Minister for Industry Hon Ian Macfarlane today in announcing the Government’s commitment to working with the States and Territories to implement the recommendations from the Productivity Commission Inquiry Report into Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration...

Read More >

Restoring Australia's reputation for mining investment crucial

“Restoring Australia’s reputation for investment in mining and exploration will be a crucial outcome from the 2014/15 Federal Budget,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC)   “The Government’s strategies to keep the economy on track ap...

Read More >

NT encouraging investment in exploration and mining

“The Northern Territory Budget 2014 demonstrates the Territory’s commitment towards encouraging exploration and investment in the region,” said Bernie Hogan, Regional Manager, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC).   “The allocation of $23.8 million over four years towards co-funded explorati...

Read More >

Encouraging investment the key to State growth

“Despite acknowledging in the 2014/15 WA State Budget papers that there is a significant degree of uncertainty in additional royalty income included in the Forward Estimates as Royalty Rate Analysis, it appears that the outcome of the current review of the royalty rate regime may have been pre-empted”, said Simon Bennison, CEO of the...

Read More >

The truth of the diesel fuel tax credit

“The constant attacks on the mining industry by the Leader of the Greens are inaccurate and need to be corrected. The potential damage to the resources sector and the Australian economy by removing the diesel fuel credit is grossly underestimated – or ignored – by the Greens,” said Simon Bennison, CEO of the Association o...

Read More >

Boost for minerals exploration in VIC

“The announcement today by the Victorian Government of a $15 million initiative to drive minerals exploration in Victoria is a welcome initiative and will bring Victoria in line with other states’ support for the exploration sector,” Simon Bennison, CEO of the Association of Mining and Explorations Companies (AMEC) said today. ...

Read More >

AMEC Awards 2014 - Nominations now open

Nominations are now open for the AMEC Awards 2014. AMEC Prospector Award The prestigious AMEC Prospector Award for individual endeavour in the field of mineral exploration was first presented by AMEC in 1993. It is given to the individual/s who made the most outstanding mineral deposit discovery within recent years. The award is made in ...

Read More >

Finding solutions for mine closure and rehabilitation

At a forum in Perth today, Government leaders challenged industry to look creatively at finding solutions concerning mine closure and rehabilitation to more remote regions. It highlighted that transparency from both industry and Government needs to be continually improved.   The forum for this discussion was the Mine Closure and Reh...

Read More >

Business unites in call to repeal Mining and Carbon taxes

Statement by CCI Chief Executive Officer - Deidre Willmott, CME Chief Executive - Reg Howard-Smith, and AMEC Chief Executive Officer - Simon Bennison. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA, with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies have united on behalf of business, to ...

Read More >

MRRT must be removed not revised

Comments from Opposition Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen in the media today, committing to continue to pursue the principle of a tax on minerals in the ground, has reignited uncertainty in the mining and mineral exploration industry. AMEC has consistently stated that the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) is a poorly designed, discriminatory a...

Read More >

Productivity Commission Report recognises key concerns for industry

The Productivity Commission’s final report into Non-Financial Barriers to Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration has recognised many of the concerns that the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) identified in its various submissions and presentations to the Commission over the past 12 months. The Final Report - Miner...

Read More >

Exploration Development Incentive essential for mineral explorers

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for Mineral and Petroleum Exploration Australia - December quarter 2013 are of extreme concern to the exploration and mining sector. The figures show a significant decrease in total mineral exploration expenditure.   The implementation of the Government’s Explor...

Read More >

Scrap the carbon tax and mining tax

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has consistently stated the carbon tax would impose significant costs and inflationary pressures to Australian businesses, consumers and the economy.   The cost imposts on industry of the Clean Energy Future Plan, which commenced on 1 July 2012, are significant and need to b...

Read More >

NSW Planning Bill Amendments will destroy investor confidence

The imposition of 46 amendments to the NSW Planning Bill by the Upper House has clearly shown that Labor, the Greens and the Shooters Party seek to close NSW from economic development,” said Bernie Hogan, Regional Manager for the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC).   New South Wales had an opportunity to sh...

Read More >

Policy changes to restore industry confidence

Grant Thornton has released the fourth annual survey of junior mining and exploration (JUMEX) companies which provides a comprehensive, independent industry snapshot.   The JUMEX Survey found that the most significant business constraint is the availability of equity finance. There has also been an increase from 2012 in the percenta...

Read More >

Retrograde step for Cape York Economic Developments

The message that the Queensland Government is promoting a four pillar economy was damaged today with the announcement to effectively strengthen the Wild Rivers Declarations and kill off a key project supported by the local community in Cape York.   The announcement that the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve is to be granted as a Strategi...

Read More >

One-stop shop for approvals in NSW

Yesterday, the New South Wales Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government which is another step towards achieving the ‘one-stop shop’ for environmental approvals. “The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) applauds the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell,...

Read More >

Certainty for mining titles in NSW

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) supports the New South Wales Minister for Resources and Energy, The Hon Chris Hartcher, in taking a sensible step towards providing certainty for mining titles in New South Wales.    “The introduction of the Mining (Development Consent) Amendment Bill will provide...

Read More >

Repeal of the MRRT to restore industry confidence

Since the Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT) and the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) were first announced in 2010, AMEC has consistently stated that the mining tax was an ill-conceived, poorly designed, discriminatory and a refutably bad tax that should be rescinded and replaced with a long term tax strategy that encourages investment and is in...

Read More >

QLD Government supports mineral exploration

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) is pleased to see that the Queensland Government has listened to industry advice in the announcements today regarding the non-cash tender for coal tenements in the Bowen Basin and the repeal of the Strategic Cropping Lands Act. The announcement from Minister Andrew Cripps of the firs...

Read More >

Good start to streamlining approvals in NSW

“The announcement today from Resources Minister Chris Hartcher that the NSW Government has amended its mining lease standards to reduce duplication is a positive step for industry,” said Bernie Hogan, AMEC Regional Manager.   It follows similar announcements this week by the QLD Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andr...

Read More >

AMEC applauds the Government's commitment to streamlining approvals

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has been advocating for a more streamlined and efficient approvals system at the Federal level and is pleased to see the announcement today from the Federal Minister for the Environment, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP.   “The fact that the Government has approved the framework ...

Read More >

Queensland wants Australia's mineral explorers

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has been advocating for parallel processing and removing roadblocks to mineral exploration in Queensland for some time now and is pleased to see the response from Minister Andrew Cripps regarding the overhaul of the approvals process. “Under the proposed changes, exploration co...

Read More >

The Miners - Book Launch

Stories from the industry that drives modern Australia   OFFICIAL LAUNCH 16 OCTOBER 2013   Mining has played an integral role in shaping Australia as we know it. The industry raised the profile of the continent and has attracted investors, explorers and settlers for many decades, and continues to do so.   ...

Read More >

Streamlining of environmental approvals applauded

“The signing of a draft memorandum of understanding on environmental approvals in Canberra today is a great step forward for the mining and mineral exploration industry in Queensland,” said Graham Short, The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) National Policy Manager. “AMEC applauds the Federal Minister ...

Read More >

State Government continues streamlining of approvals

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) congratulates the Mines and Petroleum Minister for extending the Programme of Work (PoW) validity period from two to four years. “This will give exploration and mining companies far greater flexibility in their drilling programmes and will be in a better position to manage ...

Read More >

Potential for economic development in Wild Rivers region

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) as a member of the Cape York Regional Planning Committee met in Cairns today to discuss the draft of the Cape York Regional Plan (CYRP). “This is another step towards achieving coexistence for industry, local communities and Government,” said AMEC Regional Manager, Berni...

Read More >

Industry confidence in the Coalition team

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) congratulates all the members of Parliament that have been appointed by Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott to Cabinet, Outer Ministry and Parliamentary Secretary positions”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC Chief Executive. AMEC is particularly pleased to have the Hon. Ian MacFar...

Read More >

Capital raising assistance for mineral mining and exploration companies

“At the moment equity finance for the mineral exploration sector is extraordinarily tight,” Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) Chief Executive Simon Bennison said. On-Market Bookbuilds has developed a new capital raising tool in partnership with the Australian Securities Exchange, called ASX BookBuild. The fac...

Read More >

AMEC Awards and Mining Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

Recognising outstanding contributors to the mineral exploration and mining industry This year the AMEC Awards dinner will be held on September 4 and will incorporate the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame inductees. The evening will recognise the outstanding contributors to the mineral exploration and mining industry. The pr...

Read More >

Further cost increases in WA Budget to hit mining hard

“The cost involved in mining and mineral exploration in Western Australia has taken a further hard hit in the Budget announced today,” said AMEC CEO, Simon Bennison. “At a time when every dollar is critical to all companies the Budget will have an adverse impact on the bottom line and make Western Australia a less favourab...

Read More >

A balanced approach for Channel Country QLD

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies is pleased to see the Queensland Government propose a well-considered approach to resource development around western rivers of the state. “With the release of the Western Rivers Advisory Panel report, the Minister has heard all stakeholder views and thankfully removed some of the hys...

Read More >

Tax credit essential for the mines of tomorrow

“Research undertaken by the University of Western Australia in 2012^  indicated that mineral discoveries are reducing, getting deeper and harder to find, and equity investment is being lost to competitive offshore projects. It also found that the national mineral inventory is gradually being depleted and the mining industry is becomin...

Read More >

Delivering the 'Case for Confidence' - AMEC Convention 2013

The AMEC Convention 2013 will be held from 3 - 4 September at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Organised by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Australia’s peak industry body for mineral exploration and mining, the AMEC Convention 2013 is the key industry event in Australia. This year the AMEC Convent...

Read More >

Reducing resources red tape in QLD

The Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC) is pleased to see the Queensland Government has listened to the needs of explorers and miners in reducing the complexity and bureaucracy involved with the environmental impact statement process. “The new simplified terms of reference focus on the critical matters and remove ...

Read More >

Carbon tax changes don't go far enough

"Media statements that the Federal Government is considering changes to the carbon tax package indicate that the proposal doesn’t go far enough", said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). "AMEC has consistently stated that the carbon tax was a step change in publi...

Read More >

Cutting red tape to boost productivity

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has been advocating for a more streamlined and efficient approvals system at the Federal level and is pleased to see the response today from the Coalition with the release of its policy to Boost Productivity and Reduce Regulation. “AMEC is pleased to hear the Coalition is commi...

Read More >

Federal environmental reform essential

There has been renewed focus on streamlining the approvals process by the NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and WA Premier Colin Barnett, who are calling for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to reverse the abandoned Labor promise to streamline the environmental approval process. Streamlining the approvals process is an initiative that has been reco...

Read More >

Regional plans deliver some hope of co-existence

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) supports the release of the Draft Regional Plans by Deputy-Premier Jeff Seeney. “It has been a difficult process to sift through the various interests of Central Queensland and Darling Downs community and industry groups, however AMEC hopes that a clear path to co-existence is...

Read More >

More taxes could limit investment in NT

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) still has serious concerns over the enacting of the 1% environmental tax in the Northern Territory. “With the Minister releasing a statement that only a third of more than $6 million dollars raised by the tax will actually be directed to legacy sites, it brings into question t...

Read More >

Timely commencement of the new Mining Rehabilitation Fund

“The commencement of the new Mining Rehabilitation Fund on 1 July 2013 is a timely and welcome boost for mid tier miners and junior exploration companies in Western Australia”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. Following the passage of legislation to create the Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) in late 2012 AMEC has continued to wor...

Read More >

Exploration investment a much needed boost to industry

“The announcement today of new State Government funding to support the search for minerals and petroleum across Western Australia is a much needed stimulus for investment in exploration in Western Australia,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “There has been a continuous decline in exploration activity in Australia. Of most c...

Read More >

Queensland State Budget Supports Mines of Tomorrow

The Queensland Government has today committed an additional $30 million over the next three years to assist the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ).   “AMEC has continuously highlighted to governments across Australia that without a vibrant and profitable exploration industry, the mineral wealth of Australia will remain undisco...

Read More >

Queensland State Budget Supports Mines of Tomorrow

The Queensland Government has today committed an additional $30 million over the next three years to assist the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ).   “AMEC has continuously highlighted to governments across Australia that without a vibrant and profitable exploration industry, the mineral wealth of Australia will remain undisco...

Read More >

Regulatory Barriers recognised in Productivity Commission Report

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) welcomes the report released by the Productivity Commission today which sets out a number of key recommendations to governments across Australia in order to increase productivity in the exploration industry. “The Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration report highlights a numb...

Read More >

AMEC Launches Queensland Policy Platform

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has released a Queensland Policy Platform identifying key initiatives in order to foster a healthy and sustainable mining and mineral exploration industry in Queensland. AMEC CEO, Simon Bennison said, “the document provides a strategic framework for the Queensland Government t...

Read More >

Mining exploration deductions fall victim to poor tax policy

“Last night’s budget announcement by Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan to change exploration deductions and thin capitalisation rules is of serious concern to the exploration and mining industry”, said Simon Bennison, CEO, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “The Federal Government’s measures to ...

Read More >

NT Government increases tax burden on mining and exploration

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) is greatly disappointed by the first budget handed down by Northern Territory Treasurer, David Tollner today” said Bernie Hogan, AMEC Regional Manager. “The Territory Government missed the opportunity to show their support for the mineral exploration and mining in...

Read More >

Tax hikes will further jeopardise Australian mining industry

“Recent media speculation suggesting there will be changes to the tax regime on the resources industry in the upcoming Federal Budget is alarming and of great concern to the mining and exploration sectors”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “Any further erosion of the diesel fuel tax credit arrangements provided to the mining...

Read More >

AMEC welcomes Victoria's commitment to industry

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) welcomes the responsible 2013/14 Budget handed down by the Victorian Coalition Government today”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “The state government announced it will commit $19.1 million towards initiatives that increase exploration and reduce barriers to invest...

Read More >

AMEC urges NT Government to rethink new levy

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) is extremely disappointed at the proposed decision from the Northern Territory Government to apply another levy on the mining and exploration industry. With very little consultation, and less than a week to respond, AMEC has been advised by the Northern Territory Government that a Re...

Read More >

AMEC launches Federal Policy Platform to secure mines of tomorrow

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) launched its Federal Policy Platform last night for mineral exploration and mining. The Platform puts forward key recommendations in order to secure the mines of tomorrow and ensure critical revenue streams, dividends and opportunities are not lost. “AMEC believes policy reform n...

Read More >

Magnetite royalty rebate timely

 “The announcement today by WA Premier Colin Barnett that magnetite producers can apply for a rebate of 50% paid in the first 12 months of production is most timely,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “AMEC has been working closely with the WA Government over the past two years in order to develop realistic industry wide...

Read More >

Don Rush Native Title Amendments

“It is absolutely essential that the new Attorney General, Hon Mark Dreyfus QC does not try to rush proposed amendments to the Native Title Act through Parliament without full and proper consultation of the issues and a detailed understanding of the potential unintended consequences,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. These comment...

Read More >

Industry welcomes new Minister for Mines

“The State Government has today announced its Cabinet, appointing Bill Marmion as the new Minister for the Mines and Petroleum portfolio. AMEC and industry would like to welcome Bill Marmion. With his previous role as Minister for Environment and Water, Minister Marmion is well prepared for this portfolio”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC ...

Read More >

Queensland Uranium Review Welcomed by Industry

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), welcomes the report released today from the State appointed Uranium Mining Implementation Committee” said Bernie Hogan, AMEC Regional Manager, Eastern States. “The independent committee has outlined 40 recommendations to ensure the development of a best-practice ...

Read More >

Proposed changes to EPBC Act are unwarranted

“AMEC believes the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the EPBC Act are unnecessary and completed unwarranted,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “There is no doubt Australia’s water resources should be protected and managed in a way to ensure their sustainability. However, including water as a matter of nati...

Read More >

Australian Exploration Activity in Decline

“The recent release by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) of the December quarter exploration statistics has further highlighted what AMEC has been warning policy makers for some time. Australian exploration activity is in decline. Of most concern, is the decrease in greenfield exploration which fell by 28% in the December 2012 quar...

Read More >

Which WA party stands up for small business?

Businesses unite in call for payroll tax reform The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) along with other associations representing small and medium business has today met on the steps of WA Parliament House to unite in their call for a commitment to lift the payroll tax threshold. The following joint media release has als...

Read More >

Industry welcomes plans to invest $20million into sector

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) welcomes the announcement made today by the Liberal party of Western Australia to invest $20 million to improve accountability and transparency of the resources approvals system for WA if re-elected,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “AMEC applauds the push to strea...

Read More >

RBA demonstrates benefits of mining spread across Australian economy

“The Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) report released today, adds to the growing evidence that Australia’s mining boom has delivered a vast amount of financial and social benefits to Australians,” said Simon Bennison, CEO, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). “The rhetoric about the mining i...

Read More >

AMEC supports uranium decision in Queensland

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), welcomes the announcement made today by the Queensland State Government to overturn the uranium mining ban in Queensland,” said Bernie Hogan, AMEC Regional Manager QLD/NT. “This policy was specifically called for in AMEC’s Queensland Policy Platform prior t...

Read More >

AMEC in The Courier Mail - Paladin glows brighter

AMEC featured in an article on the 22 October in The Courier Mail on the QLD Government’s announcement to overturn the ban on uranium mining. AMEC supports the decision and believes the Queensland Government should be commended as it puts the State on an equal playing field to other states in Australia that allow uranium mining. ...

Read More >

AMEC launches WA Policy Platform to sustain growth

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has today released a WA Policy Platform for mineral exploration and mining which puts forward key recommendations in order to sustain growth in the industry. The recommendations seek to create sound economic and regulatory conditions which provide increased clarity and certainty for...

Read More >

AMEC in The West Australian - how to sustain growth

AMEC CEO, Simon Bennison has a monthly column in The West Australian. In the 17 October 2012 edition, Simon discusses the launch of AMEC’s Policy Platform which puts forward key recommendations in order to sustain growth in the mineral exploration and mining sectors. The recommendations also seek to create sound economic and regulator...

Read More >

Proposed cash bidding for exploration rights disadvantage junior Queensland exploration companies

“AMEC is greatly disappointed in today’s release by the Queensland Government to implement cash-bidding auction for exploration permits for coal, as it will create a significant inequity in the Queensland exploration industry”, said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). &l...

Read More >

Exploration inquiry falls well short

“The announcement today by Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP to launch an inquiry into Non-Financial Barriers to Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration, does not go far enough to address the real impediments facing  industry”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “The inquiry will assess duplication ...

Read More >

Where are Australia mines of tomorrow?

“The fact that Australian exploration investment could have peaked, and the industry may now be entering a period of contraction, are cause for concern for the sustainability of the Australian mining industry”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. Today the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of WA released a paper auth...

Read More >

One step closer to WA`s first uranium mine

AMEC acknowledges the Hon Bill Marmion Minister for Environment and Water’s consideration and determination of the appeals to Toro Energy’s Wiluna Uranium Project as a positive step towards full approval of the project. “To date, the Wiluna Uranium Project has already undergone a lengthy, rigorous and extensive assessment ...

Read More >

AMEC and China Mining Association sign MOU

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) will sign an important Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the China Mining Association (CMA) at a breakfast during the AMEC Convention tomorrow. Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO said, “the MOU is a significant step towards fostering a strong relationship between the two associ...

Read More >

Further analysis required before tax changes implemented

“The proposals contained in the Business Tax Working Group Discussion Paper released today for comment need to be closely considered before any decisions are taken by the Government to reduce economy wide taxation rates at the expense of the Australian mining sector,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “There could be signific...

Read More >

Green comments on mining ban unfortunate and untimely

“Recent comments in the media by Ms Giz Watson, WA Greens Spokesperson suggesting a complete ban on exploration and mining in the South West region of Western Australia, and the need for a legislative fix are most unfortunate and untimely”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “These and other constant attacks on an industry whi...

Read More >

New rules from ASX welcomed by industry

The recent announcement by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) of changes to make it easier for small to mid-cap companies to raise capital is welcomed by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). AMEC CEO, Simon Bennison said, “The current economic climate, particularly in Europe, has made sourcing equity capit...

Read More >

Ban in mining sets dangerous precedent

“AMEC members are extremely disappointed in the manner in which the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Hon Norman Moore has used his extraordinary powers under section 111a of the WA Mining Act to completely ban coal exploration and mining activities in the Margaret River region, now and in the future,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC Chief...

Read More >

Review of legislation affecting junior miners welcomed in QLD

“The announcement today by Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, to review legislation and regulation for junior miners in the Queensland area has been welcomed by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC),” said Regional Manager for QLD and NT, Bernie Hogan. “In a Queensland policy platf...

Read More >

AMEC Launches Northern Territory Election Policy Platform

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has released a Northern Territory Election Policy Platform identifying key initiatives in order to foster a healthy and sustainable mining and mineral exploration industry in the Northern Territory. AMEC Regional Manager for Queensland and Northern Territory, Bernie Hogan said, &ldq...

Read More >

Prime Minister Julia Gillard to officially open AMEC Convention 2012

The AMEC Convention 2012 is expected to draw large crowds with outstanding keynote speakers and the largest trade exhibition ever showcased at the AMEC Convention. The three day event, organised by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, will be held at the Burswood Convention Centre, Perth, Western Australia and run from the 4 ...

Read More >

Mining industry welcomes regional planning review in QLD

The recent announcement by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney to commence a statutory regional planning process in the Queensland area has been welcomed by AMEC, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. AMEC Regional Manager for QLD and NT, Bernie Hogan said “this is another strong indication that the Queensland Government has hea...

Read More >

Action Needed to Address Decline in Minerals Exploration

“AMEC welcomes the announcement that all Australian Energy and Resources Ministers have agreed to develop a National Exploration Strategy to address Australia`s Greenfields Exploration challenge”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “The agreement was reached at a recent meeting of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources i...

Read More >

NSW budget increases operating costs for mineral explorers and producers

“Under the disguise of ‘improved compliance measures’, the NSW Government will take an additional $70million over four years out of an industry that already pays in excess of $1.5bn in royalties a year”, said Bruce Edwards, AMEC Regional Manager, NSW. “Of particular concern to AMEC members is the introduction o...

Read More >

First step towards reduction of Green Tape

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) welcomes the Queensland Government’s first step towards amending the significant barriers involved with exploration in Queensland with the introduction of the Greentape Reduction Bill yesterday”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “AMEC is pleased the Minister f...

Read More >

Migration agreement a step forward for project development

“AMEC welcomes the Federal Government`s approval for the first Enterprise Migration Agreement (EMA) for the significant Roy Hill project in the Pilbara,” said Graham Short, AMEC National Policy Manager. “This EMA highlights the extent of the growing skilled labour shortage In Australia. “The concept for this agr...

Read More >

WA Government Announces Royalty Review

“The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) welcomes the responsible 2012/13 Budget handed down by WA Treasurer, Hon Christian Porter”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “The state government announced in the budget it will be conducting an analysis of state royalties over the next 3 years and will be consulti...

Read More >

Another nail in the coffin for jobs

“Ongoing media speculation that there will be an announcement in the forthcoming Federal Budget adopting another Greens policy to further reduce or remove, the diesel fuel credit for mining and exploration companies is alarming and of intense concern to AMEC and its hundreds of members”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “Our...

Read More >

Improved access to capital for junior explorers

“AMEC, (Association of Mining and Exploration Companies), strongly welcomes recent proposals by the ASX to give small and mid-tier mining and exploration companies better access to equity capital”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “AMEC has continuously expressed concerns with the difficulties faced by small and mid-tier Aus...

Read More >

FIFO - A Legitimate Workforce Strategy

The ongoing demand for workers to sustain the growth in the mining industry has kept the debate about FIFO ignited. AMEC presented its viewpoint today at a parliamentary inquiry into the nation’s FIFO workforce. National Policy Manager, Graham Short said, “FIFO has provided a viable solution in attracting and retaining the right...

Read More >

More Uncertainty Over Additional Tax

“AMEC is categorically opposed to further reductions in the diesel fuel rebate and recent media reports the Government is considering additional reductions are extremely alarming to AMEC members, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “AMEC met today with Senior Treasury Officials and was assured a further reduction in the diesel fuel r...

Read More >

Sad day for national interest

“The ill-conceived, poorly designed, unfair and discriminatory minerals resource rent tax (MRRT) is planned to pass through Parliament today regardless of ongoing opposition from AMEC and the vast majority of iron ore and coal companies,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “AMEC is astounded that a tax favouring large multinati...

Read More >

Mineral exploration expenditure not the full story

“The release by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of the latest mineral exploration figures showing another increase in exploration expenditure should be treated with extreme caution by Australian governments in patting themselves on the back for a job well done. This headline expenditure figure does not tell the full story about the hea...

Read More >

The design of the mining tax is not fixed!

“Comments by the Treasurer Wayne Swan indicating the minerals resource rent tax (MRRT) is well designed and has been agreed by industry are simply incorrect,” said Graham Short, AMEC National Policy Manager. “As the peak industry body for the vast majority of mining and exploration companies throughout Australia, AMEC and ...

Read More >

Greens grab for cash loses sight of national interests

“The constant calls by Australian Greens Leader, Bob Brown to include gold and uranium in the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) should stop immediately”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “The Greens clearly have the gold and uranium sectors in their sight in an attempt to grab more cash. However, they need to think about the...

Read More >

Interpretation of exploration expenditure figures inaccurate

The recent assumptions made by Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson stating that because exploration expenditure is increasing, the total amount of exploration undertaken is also increasing is grossly inaccurate. It is a common assumption that when exploration expenditure increases exploration itself is also increasing and this is...

Read More >

AMEC Delivers Approvals Reform Blueprint

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has today released a Blueprint for Approvals Reform in WA. The document provides a strategic framework for Government to address the next phase of approvals reform over the coming 12 months and to ensure efficient project approvals without compromising environmental, Aboriginal heri...

Read More >

NSW Uranium Decision in the Right Direction

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) welcomes the NSW Cabinet’s decision to overturn the 26 year ban on uranium exploration. “The NSW Government has based its decision on science and factual evidence and it will generate new opportunities for the State’s mining and exploration industries,” said ...

Read More >

Labor - Uranium Policy Still Creates Uncertainty

New WA Opposition leader Mark McGowan’s vow to change the WA Labor Party’s policy on uranium mining in WA is a win for common sense and a step in the right direction but still does not provide any clarity or certainty for company’s currently developing projects. “The previous Labor policy would have exposed a Western...

Read More >

AMEC condemns lack of transparency of MRRT legislation

“There has been a total lack of transparency from the very start of the minerals resource rent tax (MRRT) legislative process,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “It was announced today that the Greens did a secret deal with the Government late last night to support the government’s new mining tax. The mining tax was th...

Read More >

Tony Crook MP leads mining tax fight in Canberra

In the aftermath of the MRRT legislation AMEC CEO Simon Bennison has paid tribute to the tenacity and fortitude of Tony Crook MP, Federal Member for O`Connor. “Tony Crook led the fight in parliament to amend the MRRT legislation in order to provide better shielding for small emerging miners,” said Mr Bennison. “The su...

Read More >

Parliamentary Committee wrong on the MRRT!

“The House of Representative Economics Committee Report on the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) and related Bills is obviously confused and has failed to identify any unintended consequences of this most complex piece of legislation. “In its presentation and written submission to the Economics Committee, AMEC stated that the ta...

Read More >

Amendments to MRRT not far enough!

“The announcement today by Independents Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Andrew Wilkie stating they will be supporting the MRRT legislation through the House of Representatives is disappointing, and our members have serious concerns in relation to the passage of the legislation in its current form”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. ...

Read More >

AMEC launches national advertising campaign

“Representing smaller and emerging Australian iron ore and coal miners, AMEC has today launched a national advertising campaign drawing attention to the unfair and anti competitive nature of the proposed mining tax”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “The Federal Government has chosen to ignore the significant effect the MRRT...

Read More >

Discrimination against emerging miners still ignored

“The discriminatory and anti-competitive nature of the Government’s proposed mining tax on small emerging miners continues to be ignored in the latest  Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) legislation tabled in Parliament today”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC CEO. “Despite consistent requests made by AMEC, the Federal ...

Read More >

Opportunity to support small Australian businesses lost

The Federal Government this morning voted against an amendment to its Clean Energy Future Reform plan, which would have seen regional mining and exploration businesses exempt from changes to the diesel fuel rebate. “Here was a golden opportunity presented by Mr Tony Crook, member for O’Connor, in Parliament yesterday to provide ...

Read More >

Another missed opportunity

“The Commonwealth Government has missed another great opportunity to formally and publically discuss the discriminatory and unfair Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) and carbon taxes at the Tax Forum currently being held in Canberra”, said Simon Bennison, AMEC chief executive (Association of Mining and Exploration Companies). &ld...

Read More >

Discrimination Continues

“The serious discriminatory nature of the proposed Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) has still not been addressed by the Commonwealth Government in its latest Exposure Draft of the legislation,” said Simon Bennison, AMEC Chief Executive. “Expert independent modelling previously conducted by the University of Western Austra...

Read More >

Increased NSW royalty stream should be directed to a Royalties for Regions scheme

 “The announced increase in NSW mining royalties is unwelcome. However, now is the time for the NSW Government to consider redirecting a significant portion of the proposed increased royalty stream from mining activities into community services and infrastructure in country NSW”, said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive of the Assoc...

Read More >

AMEC Partners

AMEC PartnerAMEC PartnerAMEC PartnerAMEC PartnerAMEC Partner