corporate responsibility


Delivering to standards

Fender has aimed to develop a collegiate team culture that is committed to delivering geophysical services at the highest industry standard; to using the best technology; and to providing high quality data efficiently and cost-effectively. Our quality management systems have been developed to support these aims. They are based on industry standards for planning and delivering quality work outcomes.

Fender is a member of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG) and our Managing Director is on the Technical Committee member of the Ground Geophysical Survey Safety Association (GGSSA). The GGSSA was formed in 2011 with the aim of developing industry guidelines for electrical geophysical surveys. We follow both the ASEG and GGSSA guidelines and standards. Our MD is also an organising committee member for the Sydney Mineral Exploration Discussion Group (SMEDG).

We attribute responsibility for complying with these standards to our appropriately trained and experienced staff members. We dedicate approximately 10% of staff time to professional development in geophysical techniques, and training in equipment operation and work health safety.

Managing Safety and Risk

Fender has an extensive Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) which is constantly improved through consultation with our workers. We follow all safety standards to ensure we stay compliant and safe in the field and in our offices. Formal risk management processes have been undertaken for all our surveying methods and include information on exposure times, engineering controls and necessary risk mitigations.

We have developed online training modules for all workers. This maintains a culture where safety is everyone’s responsibility. The modules have been developed in-house to ensure the training is organisation-specific and meet the needs of our team.

Fender provides safe working procedures for all employees and subcontractors. We make sure we comply with the occupational health and safety and environmental objectives of each of our contracts. We undertake to:

  • Provide and maintain a safe working environment
  • Provide and maintain safe plant, equipment, and systems of work
  • Focus on identifying, assessing, and controlling hazards
  • Provide safety information, instruction, and supervision to all employees
  • Provide adequate facilities for staff
  • Provide and monitor use of personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Consult with employees WHS representatives about WHS
  • Provide employees with access to WHS policies, procedures, and processes
  • Provide channels for employees to give safety feedback and recommendations
  • Provide an online incident reporting system so stakeholders and regulators are informed

Being socially responsible

Our corporate social responsibility (CSR) is our commitment to managing our business activities and operations in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

Fender is a values-driven organisation that has been operating for more than 12 years. Our practices and values are focussed on operating with professionalism, integrity, and respect in all our interactions with all of our stakeholders.

When we work with our environmental, agricultural, and mineral exploration partners we exhibit a highly responsible approach to maintaining and preserving the environments in which we provide services. For mining companies, maintaining their privilege to operate also means working in partnership with landholder, famers, community, and indigenous groups.

While we maintain a highly ethical culture, we also formally comply with all legislative obligations in relation to equal opportunity employment, anti-discrimination, workplace gender equity, modern slavery, and other government policies.

Fender has been supporting the geoscience community in NSW and nationally since our foundation. We put particular emphasis on helping the career development of university students in the geophysical sciences by:

  • Providing internships for university students
  • Undertaking lectures for undergraduates
  • Participating in university career days
  • Supervising postgraduate student projects
  • Maintaining ongoing research collaborations with several universities (Macquarie University and James Cook University)


WORK WITH US: employment opportunities

Fender Geophysics is frequently looking for casual field staff on geophysics crews. The role offers great opportunity for travel as we undertake surveys all over Australia and have offices in Sydney and Airlie Beach in Queensland.

The majority of surveys are in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. The survey locations can be remote. Field stints can be up to 4 weeks. Crew stay in a range of types of accommodation from tents in field camps to country pubs and motels or mine site accommodation.

Once on a survey all meals and accommodation are paid for. Travel to site is paid for through employment is usually ex the location of employment being Sydney or Airlie Beach preferably.

Applicants must have a current drivers licence and be comfortable driving in Australia.

Preference is given to:
• People with an interested or educated in geoscience, geology, geophysics, and geotechnical engineering.
• People with an engineering background.
• People with an electrical or mechanical trade.
• Practical people who like to engage with a team.

NB: Despite the remote nature of the work and that it is in the field of mining and minerals exploration it is ineligible as specified for work for your second year 417 visa. However, if you have completed the specified 88 days and looking to extend your Working Holiday Visa, this could be right up your alley.

READ what people are saying

Kalo Gold – Fred Tejada

We are very excited about the results from the IP survey, indicating that the Qiriyaga Zone has the potential to be a large system, and the Qiriyaga Hill Deposit could be just the tip of the iceberg. Multiple large high priority targets have been identified from the IP survey and the vast majority have never been drill tested or they occur beyond the limits of historical drilling

Dart Mining – James Chirnside

The IP and MT geophysical survey interpretation from Granite Flat has identified several significant Cu-Au targets which are now our primary focus for further drilling. The interpretation and revelations within the data are possibly the company’s most significant results to date, and we are very encouraged by them - in fact we could have scarcely asked for more.

We now need to accelerate our exploration program at Granite Flat and ...