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The DIRT Webseries


a web series on Australian Mining

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Get the low-down on everything that’s happening in the Australian mining sector. No frills, no bullsh*t, just pure gold.

Hear Richard’s hot take on everything related to recruitment for Australian mining. With decades of experience and a deep understanding of the factors and moving pieces affecting the industry, Richard has been able to change with the times. Because whether we like it or not, the recruitment landscape in Australia is rapidly changing – the old ways of working are not working anymore – and companies must learn to evolve or go extinct.

Richard is passionate about sharing his opinion and helping organisations figure out which levers they can pull in this current recruitment climate to overcome the numerous challenges facing the industry.

Clean up your hiring process with the DIRT!



Episode 1: The Great Resignation

Welcome to Episode 1 of The DIRT where Richard talks about what the hell is going on with the labour shortage in Australian mining.




Episode 2: Work Life Imbalance

What is up with the demands of the modern workforce? Is it really about maintaining work/life balance, or is it about one life and the right attitude?




Episode 3: Are You Part of the Problem?

How are you dealing with the skilled workers shortage? Are you part of the problem, or are you actively looking for ways to overcome the talent gap and find the solution?




Episode 4: Same Job, Same Pay

Really? Check out what Richard has to say about this interesting concept.



Bernie Thornton

Our experience working with the Aston team is a good one – we find them professional, competent – they provide us with the flexbility to ramp up our blue collar workforce when we get busy which is a great advantage to us.

Bernie Thornton, Director, Fredon Electrical & Communications WA

Piero Liscia

The amount of time that we’ve gained from not spending time trying to find people, Aston found the people for us – normally of a very high calibre. They know their job, they do their job very well.

Piero Liscia, General Manager, Sitech (WA) Pty Ltd

Lyndon Berry

In the last 18 months, in total we’ve engaged with Aston for about 130 candidates, it’s been critical to the business to be honest. My experience working with the Aston team has been excellent. Being able to call on somebody that specialises in that field, to have candidates ready to go.

Lyndon Berry, Business Manager, Drilling Industry

Ashley Abrahams

Knowing that they hire subject matter experts within the field of the trades that we look for, gave us a lot of confidence. From our side, we do put pressure on them and anything I’ve asked them, they’ve delivered.

Ashley Abrahams, Business Development Manager, Performance Mining