Kindred Bodies and Partners

The Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA)

AusIMM is proud to be one of the founding partners in the Global Mineral Professional Alliance (GMPA), a collaboration of leading professional organisations for minerals professionals around the world.

The GMPA member institutes take a leadership role in the pursuit and continuing development of best practice professionalism in the minerals industries. Areas of focus include science, engineering, mineral processing, environmental stewardship, community engagement and mineral economics and finance.

In addition to the AusIMM, the member institutes are:

GMPA partner institute Website
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP)
The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM)
Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME)

Benefits for AusIMM members

The GMPA collaboration brings many benefits to AusIMM members. GMPA enables AusIMM and its partners to pool resources and effort to bring excellent professional development opportunities for members, including through conferences which are delivered collaboratively (many on a rotating basis between partner institutes) and we are actively exploring opportunities to develop publications and online learning resources for members as collaborative effort between the partner institutes.

The OneMine Global Mining database is a key product that GMPA member institutes have a shared role in developing and promoting. For more information on OneMine and how to access it as an AusIMM member, please click here.

Visiting members' recognition amongst GMPA partners

GMPA partners offer members of the other institutes the ability to be recognised as a ‘visiting member' when living and working away from their normal home base for a period of up to twelve months.

For example, under this agreement, AusIMM members working in South Africa will be recognised by SAIMM as visiting members. A member recognised under this arrangement will be given access to all SAIMM member benefits for up to 12 months without having to separately join as a member of SAIMM. The AusIMM will in turn offer visiting member rights to a member of the SAIMM living in Australasia for up to 12 months.

For more information about visiting memberships, please contact

GMPA's Memorandum of Understanding and membership

The GMPA operates under a Memorandum of Understanding. The current MoU was signed in Cape Town in 2017, and can be viewed here. The MoU is kept under regular review and will be updated to reflect continuing developments in GMPA activities and membership.

As GMPA develops, it is envisaged that further professional institutes may be welcomed into the partnership. The membership of GMPA is a matter that will be determined by the current members. GMPA members are required to:

  • Work together to identify and deliver collaborative projects that are of mutual benefit.
  • Share knowledge and resources regarding effective ways to support the professional development of institute members.
  • Be a partner of or commit to joining the OneMine Global Mining Database.

Candidates for membership of GMPA will generally be the principal organisation representing mining professionals of its nation (or multi-nation region), will typically comprise members who practice, represent and promote the multiple technical disciplines inherent to mining activities, have “not-for-profit” status, and must have an enforceable Code of Ethics. In limited circumstances it may be appropriate for two organisations from a nation or multi-national region to join GMPA where no single organisation represents the breadth of minerals professions and where the two organisations complement (rather than compete with) each other.

Conferences and other professional development opportunities

Each of the member Institutes offer a range of professional development opportunities. To review the program of conferences, seminars and other events, please follow these links:


The AusIMM has affiliations with similar organisations around the world. In some cases, AusIMM members can qualify for concessions provided by these kindred bodies.

Please contact the relevant organisations directly with any queries.

  • American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME)
    8307 Shaffer Parkway, Littleton, CO 80127-4012 USA
    PO Box 270728 Littleton, CO 80127-0013 USA
    Telephone: 0011 1 303-948-4255
    Facsimile: 0011 1 303-948-4260
  • American Iron and Steel Institute
    1140 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 705, Washington, DC 20036
    Ph: 0011 1 202 452 7100,
  • Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
    Suite 1250, 3500 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West,
    Westmount Quebec H3Z 3C1, Canada
    Telephone: 0011 1 514 939 2710
    Facsimile: 0011 1 514 939 2714
  • The Geological Society (of London)
    Burlington House
    London W1J 0BG
    Telephone: +44 (0)20 7434 9944
    Facsimile: +44 (0)20 7439 8975

    The Geological Society of London is a not-for-profit organisation, and a registered charity (no. 210161). Its aims are to improve knowledge and understanding of the Earth, to promote Earth science education and awareness, and to promote professional excellence and ethical standards in the work of Earth scientists, for the public good.

    Founded in 1807, it is the oldest geological society in the world. Today, it is a world-leading communicator of Earth science – through its scholarly publishing, library and information services, cutting-edge scientific conferences, education activities and outreach to the general public. It also provides impartial scientific information and evidence to support policy-making and public debate about the challenges facing humanity.

  • Indonesian Mining Association
    Gedung gajah, Persil A,B, C - 5th Floor, Unit A-II
    JL. Dr. Saharjo raya No. 111, Tebet, Jakarta Selatan 12810 Indonesia
    Telephone: 0011 62 21 8303632
    Facsimile: 0011 62 21 8370 5657
  • The Institute of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy (IOM3)
    IOM3 Headquarters
    297 Euston Road London NW1 3AQ United Kingdom
    Telephone: 0011 44 20 7451 7300
    Facsimile: 0011 44 20 7839 1702
    Web contacts:
  • The Iron and Steel Institute of Japan (ISIJ)
    Niikura Building (2F) 2 Kanda-Tsukasacho 2-chome,
    Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0048 JAPAN
    Telephone: 0011 81 3 5209 7011
    Facsimile: 0011 81 3 3257 1110
  • MINTEK - Specialists in mineral and metallurgical technology
    Private Bag X3015, Randburg 2125 South Africa
    Ph: + 27 11 709-4111, Fax: + 27 11 793 2413
  • Netherlands Institute For Metals Research
    Mekelweg 2 PO Box 5008, 2600 GA DELFT, The Netherlands
    Ph: 00 31 (0) 15 278 25 35, Fax: 00 31 (0) 15 278 25 91
  • The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers
    Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE
    Telephone/Fax: (0191) 232 2201
  • Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers
    Los Canarios 154, Urb. San Cesar II Etapa, La Molina, Lima 12, Peru
    Telefax: 0011 51 1 313 4160
  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME)
    8307 Shaffer Parkway Littleton Colorado 8027-4102 USA
    Telephone: 0011 1 303 973 9550
    Facsimile: 0011 1 303 973 3845
  • The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA)
    476 Wilson Avenue, Novato, CA 94947-4236
    Tel + 41 5 897-1380
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
    184 Thorn Hill Road Warrendale PA 15086-7514 USA
    Telephone: 0011 1 724 776 9000
    Facsimile: 0011 1 724 776 3770
  • The Nonferrous Metals Society of China
    B12 Fuxing Road, Beijing 100814, China
    Telephone: 0011 86 10 851 5387
    Facsimile: 0011 86 10 851 5387
    Contact: Dr Ma Fukang (Secretary General)
  • The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM)
    PO Box 61127, Marshalltown 2107, South Africa
    Telephone: 0011 27 11 834 1273/7
    Facsimile: 0011 27 11 838 5923
  • The Swedish Mining Association
    Box 1721, 111 87 STOCKHOLM, Sweden
    Telephone: +46 8762 67 35
    Facsimile: +46 8611 62 64