CRC for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC-TiME)

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Mine closure is an integral part of the mining industry affecting operations, suppliers, communities, ecosystems and governments

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CRC-TiME will drive transformational change to enable regions and communities to transition to a prosperous and sustainable post mine future.

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CRC-TiME will

Deliver key components of the National Resources Statement

Enable greater certainty post mine to drive investor confidence and social development in one of Australia’s most important industries

Create new technology and process solutions position Australian METS companies in an emerging billion dollar mine closure global business opportunities

The Challenge

Transforming mining economies to enable Australian regions and their communities to build a successful post mine future is a growing challenge.

  • The social and economic landscape for mining is changing in line with community expectations.
  • Mechanisms for collaboratively building a shared vision of post mine options need improvement to secure a better future for investment in Australian jobs and resources, and create a genuine and enduring partnership between regional businesses, communities, governments and mining companies.
  • The broader community's expectations of the mining sector are high. Addressing them will ensure the mining sector continues to contribute strongly to the national economy and Australian society.


Read Professor Anna Littleboy's Blog Mine Closure - do we have what it takes

Global Relevance

Mine closure is an integral phase of an active mining industry but is a global challenge.

The 2018 Ernst & Young annual "Ten Business Risks facing Mining and Metals" report identified social license as mining’s number one risk factor, while the ICMM - a peak body comprising 28 of the largest global mining companies - identified mine closure as a priority area for the first time in 2018. The growth in the global closure market place also presents a significant export opportunity for Australian METS companies

Over the coming decade, a successful CRC-TiME will transform mining economies to deliver: 

  • increased certainty of relinquishment
  • reduced likelihood of abandonment
  • diversified post mine economies
  • new Australian businesses supplying a global market

It will build trust between mining companies, regulators and communities, and improve the business settings for closure and succession. 

CRC-TiME will enable the changes required to fulfil the vision of the Australian Government’s National Resources Statement.

Vision of Success

A successful CRC-TiME will transform mining economies to deliver increased certainty of relinquishment, reduced likelihood of abandonment, diversified post mine economies and new Australian businesses supplying a global market. It will build trust between mining companies, regulators and communities and improve the business settings for closure and succession.

CRC-TiME will support the vision of the Australian Government’s National Resource Statement:

“To have the world’s most advanced, innovative and successful resources sector which delivers sustained prosperity and social development for all Australians”.

An integrated and multidisciplinary programme

CRC-TiME will provide all the stakeholders involved with the closure, relinquishment and creation of a post-mine regional future with new tools and technologies to make better decisions and lower residual risk into the future.

Social, environmental, economic and technical research will be conducted through three highly integrated programs.

In addition, CRC TiME will address a siloed and fragmented approach to closure research through two cross cutting themes. The CRC will network a series of national demonstration sites to test solutions that are scalable and transferable and will implement shared data and systems integration policies to promote transparency across sites, companies, governments, researchers and the public.

Key Staff and Contacts

Dr Bruce Kelley

CRC-TiME Bid Chair
0418 864 507

Associate Professor Guy Boggs

WA Biodiversity Science Institute
University of Western Australia
0434 976 124

Professor Anna Littleboy

CRC-TiME Research Director
Sustainable Minerals Institute 
The University of Queensland
0419 884 048

Professor Fiona Haslam Mckenzie

CRC-TiME Program Leader:
Regional Economic Development
University of Western Australia

Dr Bryan Maybee

CRC-TiME Program Leader:
Planning and Evaluation
Curtin University of Technology

Associate Professor Glen Corder

CRC-TiME Program Leader:
Operational Solutions
Sustainable Minerals Institute
The University of Queensland

Dr Jason Kirby

Demonstration Sites Cross Cutting Theme