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Through a comprehensive and inclusive process, CRC TiME identified research priorities for 2021-24. Research projects are grouped into four programs, each addressing a number of overarching priorities.

Regional Economic Development

Project 1.1 (Completed)

Towards a framework for regional cumulative impact assessment

Project 1.1 Fact Sheet

Project 1.2 (Completed)

Post-mining land uses

Project 1.2 Fact Sheet


Project 1.3 (Completed)

Mapping the regulation of mine closure

Project 1.3 Fact Sheet 

Project 1.3 Fact Sheet – Ensham Case Study  

Project 1.3 Fact Sheet – Latrobe Valley Case Study

Project 1.3 Fact Sheet – Pilbara Case Study


Project 1.4 (Completed)

Understanding local readiness for closure: initiating a multi-stakeholder participatory approach

Project 1.6 (Completed)

Future-proofing a small local government authority against the impacts of the mining boom and bust cycle

Project 1.2 Fact Sheet

Project 1.7 (Underway)

Collaborative planning for post-mining development in the Latrobe Valley – Stage 1

Project Summary

Project 1.8 (Underway)

Identifying future economic development pathways for mining regions and increasing transition capacity

Project Summary

Project 1.9 (Underway)

Mine closure guidance: review and comparative analysis

Project Summary

Collaborative project (Completed)

Navigating the Regulatory Framework Impacting the Economic Transformation of Mine Affected Land

Risk, Evaluation and Planning

Project 2.1 (Completed)

Understanding the values of stakeholders in Australian post-mining economies

Project 2.1 Fact Sheet

Project 2.2 (Completed)

Exploring the issues in mine closure planning

Project 2.2 Fact Sheet

Project 2.3 (Completed)

Current tools, techniques and gaps in evaluating mine closure

Project 2.4 (Completed)

Quantifying risks and opportunities from mine closure

Project 2.7 (Underway)

Natural capital accounting in the mining sector

Project 2.8 (Completed)

Limitations and issues with using the DCF NPV method for valuations of mine closure and post mine closure

Project 2.8 Fact Sheet

Operational Solutions

Project 3.1 (Completed)

Integration of biophysical aspects of mine closure planning

Project 3.1 Fact Sheet

Project 3.2 (Completed)

A roadmap for adapting to technological change in remote sensing and monitoring capabilities
Project 3.2 Fact Sheet

Project 3.3 (Completed)

Hydrological and geochemical processes and closure options for below water table open pit mines
Project 3.3 Fact Sheet

Project 3.4 (Completed) 

Returning ecosystem resilience

Project 3.5 (Completed)

Mined landform stability and its impact on transitioning for regional benefits

Project 3.5 Fact Sheet

Project 3.6 (Completed)

Barriers to reducing acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) risk

Project 3.7 (Completed)

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

Project 3.7 Fact Sheet

Project 3.8 (Completed)

Increasing bio-available plant nutrients in mineral waste


Project 3.9 (Underway)

Climate change, vegetation & risk for rehabilitation success

Project Summary

Project 3.10 (Underway)

Improved prediction, remediation and closure of AMD/NMD sites by examination of mine waste behaviour at the meso-scale

Project Summary

Project 3.12 (Completed)

Long-term performance of cover system at Kidston

Project 3.13 (Underway)

Australian Seed Scaling Initiative

Project Summary

Project 3.15 (Underway)

Algae-based technologies for improved environmental outcomes and sustainable post-mining futures (stage 1)

Project 3.17 (Completed)

Enabling mine closure and transitions: Opportunities for Australian industry

Project Summary




Data Integration, Forecasting and Scale

Project 4.1 (Completed)

Dynamically transforming environmental assessment through a shared analytics framework

Project 4.1 Fact Sheet

Project 4.2 (Completed)

Mine Rehabilitation Trials Online (MRTO)

Project 4.3 (Completed)

Network of demonstration and testing sites

Project 4.3 Fact Sheet

Project 4.4 (Completed)

The CRC TiME Knowledge Hub (e-library)



Project 4.7 (Underway)

A systemic approach to Regional
Cumulative Effects Assessment (RCEA)

Project Summary

Project 4.5 (Completed)

Abandoned mines in Australia



Project 4.8 (Completed)

Evaluation of an ecosystem forecasting system for rehabilitated arid landscapes

Project 4.6 (Underway)

Evidence for effective climate-adapted
seed-sourcing strategies

Project Summary

Project 4.9 (Underway)

Mine Pit Lake Assessment and Management: A national initiative to support mine closure and regional opportunities 

Project Summary

Education and Training Programs

Project 5.5

Strategic education and training review and options


Project 5.6

First Nations VET pathway (Stage 1 & 2)

Mass Open Online Course

Foundations of Mine Closure and Sustainable Transitions

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Project 5.1 (Completed)

Defining our path to impact

Project 5.1 Fact Sheet

Project 5.2 (Completed)

Foundations for Indigenous Inclusion

Project 5.2 Fact Sheet

Project 5.3 (Completed)

Transitions and climate change

Project 5.3 Fact Sheet