Welcome to the latest issue of MINE Australia.

This month, we ask if wearable technology could be the future of Australian mining. The sector is no stranger to innovations such as automation and AI, but could stand to benefit from a broader adoption of localised technology, from smart helmets to powered exoskeletons and everything between and beyond. 

We also speak to the Minerals Council of Australia about the future of the sector, and SafeAI about how new technologies can be effectively integrated into a well-established industry, as the country’s critical mining sector looks to secure its long-term viability. 

Elsewhere, we consider some of the most exciting battery storage projects in place across Australian mines, and ask how and why Australian mining attention could turn to cobalt in the near future.

For all this and more, read on.

JP Casey, editor