Territory’s own ROCK star recognised in Australia Day honours


Dr Ian Scrimgeour is currently Australia’s longest serving chief government geologist, and was the youngest head of a Geological Survey in any Australian jurisdiction when he was appointed in 2006.

His reputation amongst peers and the industry during his 25 years with the Northern Territory Public Sector has seen him awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to geoscience in the Northern Territory.

Described as a quiet achiever, an effective leader, understated character and a man who is admired and well regarded, Dr Scrimgeour has built a solid reputation for quality advice and strategic thinking based on practicality and underpinned by science.

Under his leadership, the Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS) has managed to secure ongoing government funding for programs to grow the exploration sector, and is highly regarded by the exploration industry. This is demonstrated through consistently high rankings in a global survey conducted by the Fraser Institute of Canada. The data and information provided by NTGS has help attract and support investment in resource exploration in the Territory, which has totalled more than $1 billion over the past decade.

Dr Scrimgeour’s efforts have helped the Northern Territory become a leader in the provision of high-quality pre-competitive geoscience data to support exploration (including geophysical surveys, regional mapping, geochronology data, and the compilation of The Geology and Mineral Resources of the Northern Territory). This has ensured the Territory is now viewed as a highly ranked investment destination, thanks to Dr Scrimgeour’s leadership in industry engagement, online information systems, geoscience research, collaborative programs and investment attraction, including participating more than 35 ministerial and international delegations to East Asia and North America.

Dr Scrimgeour’s integrity and ongoing commitment to ensuring that NTGS programs meet industry’s needs and government’s strategic priorities, has seen the NTGS excel in the delivery of its brief. His dedication to his role and the pursuit of excellence has enhanced the Territory’s reputation as a resource investment destination, and is building ongoing, long term prosperity for Territorians.

For the full Australia Day 2022 honours list, go to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia website.

Ian Scrimgeour talking at AGES 2021
Caption: The Northern Territory Geological Survey’s Dr Ian Scrimgeour PSM has garnered the respect and admiration of the geoscience community after 25 years working for the Northern Territory Government.

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