The Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (SMI-CMLR) addresses the environmental challenges of the minerals industry by translating scientific results into practices that continually improve mine rehabilitation outcomes. 


Formally established in 1993, the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (SMI-CMLR) consists of a collaborative and multi-disciplinary group of research, teaching and support staff, and postgraduate students. SMI-CMLR is dedicated to delivering excellence in environmental research, education and awareness to the national and international minerals industry, relevant government departments, non-government organisations and local communities.

SMI-CMLR is widely recognised as the source of quality research at the cutting edge of issues in mining environmental management and sustainability, across the full spectrum of resource commodities.  It has built a reputation for providing the  science necessary to inform decision-making that can minimise risks and maximise opportunities resulting from resource exploration, extraction and processing globally.


The SMI-CMLR has core disciplinary strengths in the basic and applied biological, chemical and physical sciences, working at scales from the microbial to the catchment and regional.

   Explore our Expertise

The SMI-CMLR origins began in the mineral- and energy-rich State of Queensland, contributing extensively to the rehabilitation challenges of the large open-cut coal mines of the Bowen Basin in central Queensland. 

    Where we work

Over the years the SMI-CMLR has developed research expertise and knowledge that has spanned the realms of Environmental Geochemistry, Soil-Plant Systems, and Landscape Ecology 

   What we do

Postgraduate research is a core component and strength of the SMI-CMLR, with Masters and PhD scholars from all around the world undertaking projects across the breadth of disciplines, commodities, waste streams and sciences.

    Learn with us

The Centre builds on the strengths of the diverse backgrounds and disciplines of staff and students to address the environmental challenges of the minerals industry

   Who we are


General Enquiries

Phone: +61 7 334 64050
Fax: +61 7 3346 4056

Postal Address

Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation
Sustainable Minerals Institute
The University of Queensland
St Lucia  Qld  4072

CMLR Director

Professor David Mulligan