SMI is a world-leading research institute dedicated to finding knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the global minerals industry. 

The commercial objectives of the Institute are to:

  • Develop practical solutions to the challenges of operating sustainably in the resources sector.
  • Create global teaching and implementation materials for improved effectiveness in risk management and safety performance.
  • Provide custom designed professional development courses for industry professionals.
  • Continue to work with industry and government on improving land rehabilitation and mine closure standards.

We work closely with JKTech Pty Ltd, our technology tranfser company. JKTech commercialises our research and delivers world-class solutions to the global minerals industry providing products, services and process improvement across the life of mine. Like SMI, JKTech is committed to a whole-of-mine approach ensuring more effective operations now, while planning for a more sustainable future.

Our work covers all facets of the life of mine from geology, to minerals extraction, water management issues, minerals processing, workplace health and safety, mine rehabilitation, energy and community engagement.



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Our Research Centres

The Sustainable Minerals Institute is made up of six inter-disciplinary centres and an international centre of excellence. Each centre works in developing and applying the principles of sustainable development to the resources industry.