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This program will demonstrate and test operational interventions to reduce long-term risks to people, water and ecosystems post-closure and deliver fit-for-purpose post-mining land use.

It will achieve this by delivering a scalable and dynamic information system architecture to help design the desired post-mine future, developing prototype technologies that can be applied at high-risk points in the mining value chain and identifying supply chains leading to new business solutions.

An important focus is providing mining equipment, technology and services and mining companies will have access to the solutions needed to better close mines to increase the chance of transition to a new use (known as relinquishment). A better understanding of supply chain bottlenecks will also help METS and mining companies achieve their goals.

Key industry challenges to be addressed include limited options to reduce waste material production or reuse these materials, a siloed approach to technology development, development and data sharing and fragmented mine closure solutions supply chains.


  • Smart, scalable and dynamic information system architecture for closure design: The aim is for communities, First Nations, industry and governments to design an operational and closure process to achieve their desired post-mine future.
  • New and innovative prototype technologies for successful post-mining futures: Cost-effective technological solutions at selected intervention positions will reduce the long-term residual risk and/or maximise net benefit.
  • Feasible business solutions for scalable supply chain development: Emerging supply chain businesses in post-mine land use will be able to make informed decisions about investment.

Program Leader

Dr Agnes Samper

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Current Projects

Integration of biophysical aspects of mine closure planning

Project 3.1

Transforming disparate approaches to remote sensing and monitoring to industry best practice

Project 3.2

Mine site water: options for extracting value from open pits

Project 3.3

Returning ecosystem resilience

Project 3.4

Mined landform stability and its impact on transitioning for regional benefits

Project 3.5

Barriers to reducing acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) risk

Project 3.6

Comparative Closure: assessing the biophysical closure challenges of different mining methods

Project 3.7

Increasing bio-available plant nutrients in mineral waste

Project 3.8

Climate change, vegetation & risk for rehabilitation success

Project 3.9

Long-term performance of cover system at Kidston

Project 3.12

Australian Seed Scaling Initiative

Project 3.13

Opportunities for Growth in Australia's mine closure solutions industry

Project 3.14