Amy Novak

BEng (Min) (Class 1 Hons), GradDip AppFin

As a mining engineer with 8 years’ experience in open cut coal mining in QLD and NSW, Amy started her career in consulting and has experience in performance benchmarking and operational improvement projects.

She has since worked in mine planning, from production coordinating and managing 24-hour plan through to short-term and medium-term planning roles. Further to her experience in traditional mine design and optimisation, Amy is experienced in the implementation and development of mine strategy to support the transition to Autonomous Haulage.


  • Open Cut Drill & Blast
  • Mine Design and Optimisation
  • Mine Scheduling & Planning
  • Min Strategic Review
  • Resource & Reserve Estimation

Track Record

  • As the lead design engineer at BMA’s Daunia mine, Amy was responsible for the design and scheduling required to support the transition to a fully autonomous coal mine. She built a SPRY haulage model to facilitate daily through to budget scheduling and updated performance measurement standards to enable productive coal mining in an Automomous Haulage environment.
  • During her time as the lead tactical planning engineer at Daunia, Amy’s focus was the revision of pit and dump strategies to support the design and scheduling of an autonomous coal mine. This included leading the re-reserving of pits and dumps to enable the AH mine planning strategy and the development of a hybrid short to medium-term model to support alignment between site and tactical planning teams.
  • At Yancoal’s Mt Thorley Warkworth, Amy led the short-term prestrip planning to enable 18 million ROM tonnes annually and support the expansion of the prestrip fleet. During her tenure, Amy played a key role in the design and sequencing of an end-of-life pit to facilitate the recovery of abandoned coal seams.
  • Amy commenced her operational career at BHP Mt Arthur Coal as a production engineer developing and implementing daily plans and acting as the site liaison for the Integrated Remote Operations centre transition.
  • Amy, as an associate in the mining advisory team at PwC, provided equipment performance benchmarking and supported operational improvement initiatives for open cut coal mines in Central Queensland.