The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is proud to partner with and sponsor a diverse range of organisations and events across Australia that support a variety of communities and stakeholders.
In particular, our partnerships and sponsorships support the regional communities in which the Australian minerals industry operates, our world-class minerals workforce, Indigenous economic empowerment and better health and education outcomes.
MATES in Mining is an initiative of the Australian Mining industry based on the successful MATES in Construction program and is affiliated with MATES Australia.
One in five Australians will suffer from mental health problems such as anxiety and depression in any year, and the mining sector is no different.
Our nation would not be a global mining powerhouse without our first-class workforce. And it's clear that good mental health in mining means safer and more productive mine sites.
Mental health problems are first and foremost tough on the individual and their families and friends. They also affect productivity. A recent report by the Shared Value Project suggests that mental health-related issues are costing the Australian economy $60 billion a year.
In mining, every dollar spent on mental health prevention returns $5.70 through reduced health care costs.
The MCA is a proud corporate partner and event sponsor of the National Aboriginal Press Club, an initiative of the Centre for Aboriginal Independence and Enterprise.
The National Aboriginal Press Club has been created to offer up a First Nations voice on a whole range of critical issues impacting on all Australians. It will conduct a number of lunch events across the country to bring everyone together to discuss a broad range of topics. These events are aimed at increasing the profile of Aboriginal issues in Australia and giving Aboriginal grass roots communities the opportunity to have their voice heard.
As a close partner of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples around Australia, the Australian minerals industry is a strong supporter of initiatives which give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a greater voice in our national conversation.
Since January 2019 the MCA has supported the Clontarf Foundation, which improves the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.
Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000 the Foundation has grown to cater for more than 8,000 boys in 116 schools across Australia.
MCA is proud to partner with the Stars Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation providing full time, in-school mentoring and engagement programs for First Nations young women in secondary schools.
The Stars mentoring program currently supports students in 15 high schools across Australia, with plans for expansion.
With nine out of ten senior Stars students completing year 12 in 2019, there are great opportunities ahead for the MCA and Stars Foundation to work together to promote career choices in Australian mining, celebrate First Nations cultures and support better life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women.
The MCA works with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to help raise awareness about prostate cancer among the minerals industry’s 240,000 strong workforce.
The partnership will aim to educate the minerals workforce on screening and treatment options and also support for survivors and loved ones. Industry will be encouraged to host a PCFA Ambassador for workplace health awareness sessions and even light up their own Big Aussie Barbie.
Four new videos tailored for mine site toolbox talks and health sessions are now available to help raise prostate cancer awareness. The videos were filmed on location at the 2019 Gastech Victorian Mine Rescue Competition, the videos feature PCFA Ambassador The Hon Jim Lloyd talking about his prostate cancer diagnosis and recovery.
The four videos cover:
- The MCA and PCFA partnership
- Talk to a GP and knowing your risks
- How prostate cancer affects families
- Where to get support.
The MCA Big Aussie Barbies portal also makes it easy for mining, mine equipment, technology and services and other organisations to host a barbeque, toolbox talk or health awareness session.
The portal can help connect companies with a trained PCFA Ambassador to deliver important information about prostate cancer, the treatment options available and the support provided to men and their families.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Australian men, with about one in seven men likely to be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime.
The MCA and PCFA launched the new partnership in September 2019.
The MCA has been working closely with AEMEE on its annual conference since 2016 which is attended by over 160 delegates representing Aboriginal businesses, major mining, oil and gas contractors, contracting companies, related professionals and community members.
In 2019, the MCA provided in-kind and financial support for the conference as part of its commitment to promoting the strength and diversity of the Indigenous mining and mine equipment, technology and services businesses.
The National Exploration Undercover School is an initiative run by the University of Adelaide and funded by the MCA. The 3 week minerals exploration-focused summer school was founded in 2016 by Graham Heinson and Richard Lilly and is run annually for 30-35 students who have applied from all states and territories in Australia.
NExUS is a true educational collaboration between universities, industry and government geoscience institutions and is supported in kind by the Geological Survey of South Australia and over 20 different mining and exploration companies. The course has a strong career focus with all previous students attending having gone onto secure roles in the minerals industry or continuing their geoscience education.
The course focuses on exploration through cover and aims to fill the gap between university and industry; covering a wide range of topics related to key skill sets required to meet the current challenges facing the exploration and mining industry. The course also promotes networking both within the cohort itself and with conference attendance and evening sessions with senior representatives from industry and professional societies.
The NExUS course is globally unique and it has quickly established a strong reputation with industry throughout Australia and internationally. As at January 2020 the course has an alumni of 136 early career geoscientists who are working in all facets of the minerals industry.
The MCA is a gold sponsor of the national Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP), established in 2008 to assist development of science teachers through nine professional development modules as well online resources and minerals kits provided at no cost. The program is endorsed by the Australian Science Teachers Association.
The Indigenous Australian Engineering School is a week-long STEM-focused camp provided annually to 50 Indigenous high school students at Curtin University and the University of Sydney.
The program has been financially supported by the MCA for more than 15 years with the aim of increasing Indigenous participation at university-level STEM courses.
The MCA is a lead sponsor of the Robogals Asia Pacific Rural Trips Program.
Robogals volunteers deliver workshops in rural cities that expose students to the world of engineering and showcase the exciting opportunities in engineering and the minerals industry.
MCA members host volunteers for field trips in mining regions, exposing Robogals to the breadth and depth of activity and opportunity across the industry, increasing their understanding of operations and innovation in practice and providing industry perspective for future teaching.
The National Rock Garden is being developed as a world-class national and international destination designed to celebrate Australia’s geological heritage.
This will provide a unique educational, cultural and historical attraction for all Australians and global visitors.
A cluster of minerals rocks is being planned as part of the interim garden being developed in the near future. The MCA is supporting the Garden and the Geological Society of Australia with funding and in-kind support.
Other MCA-sponsored events and organisations include: