Who We Are

The Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices (ACSMP) was established in 2009 and is recognised by both government and industry in Australia and internationally as:

  • a leading independent global authority on sustainable mining practices
  • a provider and developer of innovative educational resources across both tertiary and professional development sectors
  • an active research organisation focussed on new mining practices, and development and application of technologies and systems for sustainable mining initiatives. 

ACSMP personnel have decades of experience on mine sites, with inter-disciplinary approaches in mine planning, dewatering and groundwater management, mine environmental management particularly related to subsidence of underground mines, efficient mineral extraction and waste sequestration, and remote sensing of the mine environment. Based at UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, the Centre offers research, education/training and advisory services throughout Australia and globally.  We are particularly active in emerging economies in South East Asia, South America and Africa. The ACSMP utilises world class researchers and teaching staff in the area of sustainable development and mining working either directly for the Centre or in collaboration with the Centre's staff.  Our affiliates and collaborators include the mining industry; UNSW researchers; other institutions; governments  and organisations.

What We Do

We provide a one stop shop for the mining industry and other stakeholders seeking solutions to sustainability issues in mining.  We aim to maximise the benefit to society from responsible extraction of the world's mineral resources.  ACSMP is actively researching and working with industry and government in these key mining sustainability areas:

  • Sustainability impacts of unplanned mine closures
  • Mine safety
  • Community engagement
  • Mining legislation and policy
  • Biodiversity offsets and mining
  • Carbon mitigation at mine sites
  • Climate change adaptation and mining
  • Environmental and social impact assessment
  • Implementing sustainable mining practices in India and China
  • Remote sensing and imaging the mining environment
  • Mine water, coal seam gasification (CSG), seepage barriers, water quality, virtual water gender issues in mining
  • Mining laws and policies
  • Sustainability in mining education 

Research Themes

Our work covers many areas including social science, biology, engineering, law, indigenous studies and other disciplines.
To better utilise the Centre’s core competencies, we have created ‘Thematic Clusters’ representing four of the most pressing issues facing the future of sustainable mining practices.