Mine Site Environmental Management

This training course is designed to equip junior environmental personnel with the technical skills necessary to comply with environmental conditions and implement aspects of best practice environmental management. Recent changes to government expectations means environmental teams must be proficient in the management of a broad range of environmental issues.

The Mine Site Environmental Management training course is designed to equip junior environmental personnel with the technical skills necessary to comply with environmental conditions and implement aspects of best practice environmental management

Upon completing the course, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of:

  • Mine water management: hydrology, water balance, water quality, groundwater, regulated structures.
  • Mineral residues: Life-of-Mine disposal strategy, geochemistry, geotechnical stability, monitoring and closure considerations.
  • Rehabilitation: planning, landform design and construction, ecosystem establishment, drainage and erosion, biodiversity and pest control, monitoring and performance indicators.
  • Closure: financial assurance, planning and assessment
  • Technical tools used in environmental assessment studies
  • Airborne contaminants, noise and vibration
  • Cultural heritage
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Waste management and the circular economy

This course is designed for junior environmental personnel employed at Australian mine sites.

Each component of the course includes discussion of relevant legislative requirements, theory and academic advancements, and application of new knowledge to complete a hands-on activity.


  • Acquire all skills related to technical and legal aspects of open cut and underground mine site environmental management
  • Improve the performance of your environmental team and establish greater collaboration within the mines
  • Expand your technical skills to future-proof your career in environmental management for the mining sector
  • Establish a network of peers for knowledge-sharing and support

Training modules are delivered over three weeks spread through the year.
The course is offered every year.

Course participants may attend all three periods over the course of a single year or complete it over two to three years.
The number of course participants is capped at 20 to ensure optimum learning conditions. Registrations open first to participants intending to complete the course in a single year, with registration opening later for individual weeks or modules if spots are available.

Duration: 3 weeks spread through the year
Delivery:  In person 
Where:  The course is delivered at The University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, ensuring participants are immersed in a learning environment and are not distracted by other commitments.
Price:  $14,500 for the whole course
$5000 for an individual week.


Module Course Duration
Week 1
Water and mineral residues
Four days
Week 2
Rehabilitation, closure and
Four days
Week 3
Airborne contaminants, noise
and vibration, cultural heritage,
greenhouse gases, and waste and
the circular economy
Three and a half days


Each module requires a piece of assessment to be completed. These are hands-on activities related to a potential environmental improvement at the mine. Assessment guidance material will be provided along with the course material.
In order to receive certification, participants must successfully complete the assessments with a grade of more than 75% in each. This course has been developed by world-class researchers at the Sustainable Minerals Institute.

Registration for Mine Site Environmental Management course is done through an online payment form. 

Mastercard, Visa and American Express is accepted, as well as the option to create a Proforma Invoice that can be paid via BPAY or EFT.

Registration is not currently open but you can Register your interest


Transformational learning team

Sustainable Minerals Institute
The University of Queensland

+61 7 3346 3015



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