London-based mining giant Rio Tinto has announced the appointment of Chris Lynch as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer, replacing outgoing CFO Guy Elliot in mid-April this year.

The latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that residential construction activity continued to improve in the final quarter of 2012.

The Queensland Rail Council (QRC) has announced it will conduct a comprehensive coal dust monitoring program along the length of the western and metropolitan rail systems running through to the Port of Brisbane.

In declaring its annual results, Regional Express’ Executive Chairman Lim Kim Hai has slammed the Federal Government, saying its policies are ‘decimating regional aviation’.

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) has launched a new campaign aimed at securing the country’s energy future, arguing that Australia has no safeguards to ensure that domestic supply is protected.

The Federal Government has announced teams of specialist engineers and environmental advisers have begun work on identifying and investigating the design, safety and conversion issues associated with the proposed Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released the proposed annual adjustment of heavy vehicle charges for the 2013-14 tear for public consultation.

International gas giant Chevron has announced it has reached an agreement with Beach Energy to acquire two onshore gas blocks covering an estimated 810,000 acres in the Cooper Basin.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Victorian Minister for Transport, Terry Mulder, have officially opened section 4B of the Geelong Ring Road, marking the completion of the project.

The Federal Government has announced it has granted Major Project Facilitation (MPF) status to the National Port Corporation’s Field Support Hub (FiSH).

Leighton Holdings has been awarded a further $975 million in contracts to deliver civil and underground works for the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project.

Australian companies continue to prefer to source talent from local pools rather than 457 visa holders, according to the latest survey conducted by industry association Consult Australia.

The Federal Government has announced it will provide $21.3 million to Charles Darwin University (CDU) to establish a new trades training facility at the Casurina Campus in Darwin.

The Queensland Government has announced the multi-million Port of Brisbane Motorway is now open to traffic, eight months ahead of schedule.

Tasmanian based Bell Bay Aluminium has announced it has struck an agreement with Swire Shipping for the provision of direct international ocean freight shipping between Asian ports and Bell Bay Port.

Employers will have to prove there is a legitimate skill shortage before being able to take on a foreign employee under the much-maligned 457 Visa scheme.

The delivery of major projects around Queensland has highlighted the pressing need for targeting skilling programs, according to a recently released report.

The number of apprentices in trades and non-trade related studies has declined for the start of the year, according to the latest report released by the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER).

The South Australian Government has announced the launch of a new online tool to help people explore a career in mining and resources.

On time performance for domestic airlines departures for Sydney airport has dipped slightin in 2012, with 82 per cent departing on time and 80 per cent arriving on time, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and regional Economics (BITRE).

The Victorian Government has officially granted planning approval for the $1.6 billion Webb Dock redevelopment.

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