Geoscience Education Challenges and Opportunities – An Industry Perspective

Terry, Jillian1

1BHP, Melbourne, Australia

The resources industry is transforming due to technology application, discovery and extraction of increasingly deep and complex orebodies, a changing future-facing commodity and energy mix and environmental and social value commitments.

At the same time, an ageing and experienced technical workforce is contemplating retirement; early career geoscientists require upskilling; universities face severe financial challenges, breadth of Geoscience career options isn’t understood and resources industry perception is at an all-time low. These factors are contributing to unprecedented low numbers of enrolments in Geoscience degrees.

Australia needs a consistent supply of diverse, quality geoscience graduates and access to workforce development programs to meet forecast industry and societal demand.

This paper will propose collaboration opportunities for educators, government and industry to inform, influence and support students to build careers in geoscience.


Jill Terry  has worked in various operational and leadership roles in mine, project, resource and exploration geology in Australia and offshore. As Vice President Technical Capability for BHP she is delivering educational initiatives to optimise future ways of working underpinned by technology and innovation.

About the GSA

The Geological Society of Australia was established as a non-profit organisation in 1952 to promote, advance and support Earth sciences in Australia.

As a broadly based professional society that aims to represent all Earth Science disciplines, the GSA attracts a wide diversity of members working in a similarly broad range of industries.