The Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), the Australian partner of International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP), Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage.


Today more than any other time practical solutions for prediction, prevention and control of acid, neutral, and saline drainage are needed by the mining industry in Australia and elsewhere. A leading edge practice spans the life cycle of mining projects, from exploration to closure and beyond, but also adapts to the longer and dynamic cycles of the resources industry, as well as climate change. Under pressure from commodity markets, some mines may go under ‘care and maintenance’ and some may approach closure. Therefore, innovative approaches to understanding and controlling residual risk is paramount. While, minimising risk and costs is the obvious goal, the real cost is not getting it right. 

The Australian AMD Workshop is for all stakeholders who have an interest in mining environments and sustainable mining practices. It is for the mining industry representatives to share their experiences of their operations, and observe and reflect on solutions and technology presented by consultants and research providers. It is also for the civil societies, government and the broader community.

• Executives
• Environmental Practitioners
• Regulators
• Scientists
• Engineers
• Mine Planning Professionals
• Industry
• Government
• Researchers
• Educational institutions
• Consultants
• Others interested in AMD management

Since the first Workshop in 1992 organised by the Tasmanian Chamber of Mines, the AMD Workshop series, later organised by ACMER (1995-2008) and then SMI Knowledge Transfer (2011- 2014), AMD has consistently received positive feedback from participants which has encouraged us to continue in the organisation of these Workshops.


Workshop Chair

Dr Mansour Edraki
Senior Research Fellow - Life Cycles of Mines and Metals Program


Workshop Committee

Bruce Barrie

The University of Queensland

Tania Laurencont

Department of Mines and Energy,
Northern Territory Government

Emeritus Professor Clive Bell

The University of Queensland

Alan Robertson

Founder and Principal Geochemist,
RGS Environmental

Mike Fawcett

Department of Mines and Energy,
Northern Territory Government

Peter Scott

O'Kane Consultants

Andrew Garvie

Principal Consultant (Geoenvironmental)
SRK Consulting (Australasia)

Emeritus Professor Roger Smart

School of Natural and Built Environment,
University of South Australia

David Jones

DR Jones Environmental Excellence

Jeff Taylor

Director - Senior Principal Environmental Geochemist
Earth Systems


Burnie Arts and Function Centre

77-79 Wilmot Street, Burnie Tasmania


Visiting Tasmania     

Tasmania is an island state located south east of the Australian mainland. Burnie is Tasmania’s most westerly city, located on the North West Coast about 40 minutes from Devonport. It has a northerly aspect and is nestled around Emu Bay on Bass Strait.

The 20,000 residents enjoy a vibrant shopping districtthat spills onto the beach for seafood and coffee. Burnie has surprising restaurants and cafés to linger in. It has a dynamic cultural life, galleries, performances, exhibitions and community events.

Fantastic food is made in Burnie like whisky and cheese. The best milk in the world for cheese making is produced in the area. There are well stocked delis to tempt you with gourmet treats.

Burnie’s hills hide impressive gardens and parks, and it is surrounded by beautiful beaches, sparkling water and fresh air. In some areas people live in perfect art deco or federation homes and public spaces featuring buildings by contemporary Tasmanian architects and designers. But there is no escaping the presence of a busy container port, the rail hub or the factory framework lining the highway around Emu Bay on the eastern approach to Burnie. A factory which evolved over 75 years manufacturing high volumes of paper for world markets.

Learn more about Burnie Tasmania

Visiting Australia

The conference will be held in Burnie, Tasmania

For more information on travelling to Australia for the conference please visit the Australian Government Traveler Website.

If you would like to explore further options for touring Australia before or after the conference please visit www.australia.com.

A letter of invitation can be provided to registered delegates upon request. To obtain a letter of invitation please email education@smi.uq.edu.au


Australian Government Traveler Website

Information for International Delegates

Getting there 

As Australia's only island state, access to Tasmania is by air and sea only.

Regular flights depart from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and fly direct to Hobart and Launceston.

Direct flights are also available from Melbourne to Wynyard (Burnie) Located on the North West of Tasmania. 

Where to stay 

In Tasmania you'll find everything from award-winning colonial mansions and coastal retreats to the contemporary elegance of a city waterfront hotel.

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Accommodation in North West Tasmania (Burnie) 


Located across the road from the Workshop location the Burnie Arts & Function Centre