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The Operational Solutions program will demonstrate and test operational interventions to reduce the long term post-closure risks to water, ecosystems and people, and deliver fit for purpose post mining land use. The program will achieve this by delivering a scalable and dynamic information system architecture to help design the desired post mine future, developing prototype technologies to be applied at known specific high-risk points in the mining value chain and identifying supply chains leading to feasible post-mine land use business solutions.

The program will provide METS and mining companies with access to the solutions needed to better close mines to increase the chance of relinquishment. It will allow mines to be better designed to facilitate high value post-mine futures. METS companies will also have access to new technologies and approaches that have been developed for purpose. A better understanding of bottlenecks in the supply- chain will also help METS and mining companies to achieve their respective objectives. The key industry challenges the program will address include:

  • Limited solutions to reduce the production of waste materials and their possible re-use;
  • Siloed approach to technology deployment and data sharing; and
  • Fragmented supply-chains for the provision of rehabilitation goods and services to remote mines.

The foundation projects in the Operational Solutions program are enabling CRC TiME to move beyond ‘business as usual’ research on individual topics. There is an extensive knowledge base and leading practice in issues such as tailings, landform stability and water management. CRC TiME is aiming to transform practice by looking at operations, closure and post closure as an integrated system.


  • Smart scalable and dynamic information system architecture for closure design: mining companies, regulators and communities will be able to design the 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.

Acting Program Leader

Professor Anna Littleboy

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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