10 australian mining conferences to attend in 2017

10 Essential Australian Mining Conferences to Attend in 2017

Stay up-to-date with the latest significant developments in practice and research, promote and impart knowledge, network, share achievements, and build a better industry.

Australia is a major developer of mining services, equipment, and technology. Mining has had a substantial environmental impact in some areas of Australia.

Mining conferences are a fantastic way to stay up-to-date with the most recent industry developments in practice and study, advance knowledge, network, celebrate achievements, and improve the industry.

We have put together a list of 10 Essential Australian Mining Conferences to attend in 2017 that create a dynamic view of the future of mining, helping your organisation to better understand industry changes within Australia.

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Minerals & Energy Services Future Forum

Date: 28 February 2017

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre

Early next year SACOME will jointly host a South Australian Mineral & Energy Services Future Forum, in collaboration with AIIA, APPEA, Austmine, GMUSG, METS Ignited, NERA and RESA.

The Department of State Development is developing an industry-wide South Australian Minerals and Energy Services Strategy with consultation from industry to ensure future industry, academic and government initiatives are aligned for optimal growth of this sector.

This full-day event will bring providers of goods or services together with other industry stakeholders in a program that presents the themes of the strategy, aiming to share ideas, generate discussion and build knowledge.

The day will include:

  • Inspirational speakers
  • Panel discussions
  • Networking sessions


Minesafe International

Date: 1-2 May 2017

Venue: Perth, Australia

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) is re-establishing the popular Minesafe International conference series in conjunction with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia and WA Department of Mines and Petroleum.

This conference series is designed to ensure that health and safety within the resources industry maintains an appropriate and ever-increasing position of awareness and will be inclusive of all sectors of the resources industry (minerals, oil and gas).

This conference will provide the opportunity for Australian and international key health and safety practitioners to discuss their findings/research, network, and share their achievements and challenges in one of the great mining hubs in the world – Perth, Western Australia.


Iron Ore

Date: 24-26 July 2017

Venue: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Iron Ore 2017 is the latest in the well-established and very successful AusIMM international iron ore conference series and the theme of the conference is “Building Resilience” in the current challenging climate of low iron ore prices.

The conference will cover the latest developments in;

  • Exploration
  • Geostatistics and ore reserve estimation
  • Ore characterisation
  • Mining
  • Processing
  • Automation
  • Project optimisation and development
  • Health, safety, environment and community
  • Technical marketing
  • Logistics and utilities
  • New equipment


The Australian Mine Ventilation Conference

Date: 28-30 August 2017

Venue: Brisbane, Australia

The Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2017 is a sequel to successful mine ventilation conferences held in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Ventilation controls form many of the core risk activities in mines. Significant developments in practice and research in recent years have helped ensure mining maintenance and improved levels of safety within the underground mining sector.

The organising committee aims to provide an opportunity to present these developments so that the industry can benefit from this collective knowledge. As per the previous events, experts from industry and academia will be called upon to bring about the fourth in a series of ventilation conferences.

The conference will bring operators, planning personnel, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, government regulators, consultants and research and technology personnel together to explore achievements and build a better industry.

Consistent with the aims of the AusIMM, the conference enables members and industry to keep abreast of views on various aspects of mine ventilation and provides a forum to showcase technical and factual information within the minerals industry.


Mining Resources Convention

Date: 29-30 August 2017

Venue: Brisbane Hilton, Queensland.

The Mining Resources Convention has been labelled as Vertical Events’ premier flagship event! With back-to-back presentations from key resource industry experts and participants, this two-day event has previously had upwards of 1,500 attendees.

Now incorporating the Australian Copper Conference, 80+ booths are set to fill the bustling exhibition area, offering ample networking opportunities at its attendants’ fingertips. This year’s event is sure to be another great success.


AIMEX Conference

Date: 29-31 August 2017

Venue: Sydney Showground, Sydney

The 2017 event will see the development of a world-class, free-to-attend conference program aiming to deliver operation improvements for all mining techniques.

The conference program will bring together Consultants, Equipment and Service Suppliers, Mine Managers, Engineers and Operational personnel who can create a personalised conference agenda that address the specific needs related to their job function or site.

The overarching themes of the program include Underground Mining, Surface Mining and Mining Innovation and will cover major topics such as Longwall, Conveyor, Mass Mining, Caving Technology, Bulk Handling, Ventilation, Drill and Blast, Haulage, Crushing and Screening, Geotechnical Issues, Pit Design, Energy Efficiency, Automation, Water Filtration, Exploration and Safety.

Join the discussion on;

  • Critical topics in underground mining.
  • Step-change solutions for mines moving forward.
  • Where the mining industry is now & how we will look in the near future.



Date: 11-12 September 2017

Venue: Perth, Australia

MetPlant 2017 will continue to build on the tradition of promoting and imparting knowledge pertaining to world’s best practice in Metallurgical Plant Design.

Since 2002, this conference has brought together a broad range of disciplines from across the minerals industry involved in the ‘whole of life’ planning and operation, (from design and maintenance engineers, operations managers, planning engineers, metallurgists and process engineers, environmental specialists, equipment suppliers, service providers and consultants) to discuss and review developments in metallurgical plant design and the optimisation of operations.

With a diverse conference program, including case studies and discussion of world’s best practice in plant design, plant operations, care and maintenance and closure strategies.


Tenth International Mining Geology Conference

Date: 20-22 September 2017

Venue: Hobart, Tasmania

This will be the tenth in a proud tradition extending back to the inaugural event held in Mount Isa, Queensland in 1990.

The theme of the Tenth International Mining Geology Conference is “Setting New Standards” where the focus is on opportunities and benefits of formal work process standards, and on improving the quality/standard of current approaches to mining geology.

Mining Geologists are now involved in many business-critical steps in the value chain, from resource evaluation and feasibility through mine production management and geometallurgy to marketing. The complexity of mining geology also continues to evolve and increase in response to corporate expectation and technological development, and there is a greater need for our work to be standardised.

The International Mining Geology Conference series, jointly convened by the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), has developed into the premier event in the world of Mining Geology. The role of Mining Geologists continues to evolve and increase in importance.


13th AusIMM Underground Operators’ Conference

Date: 16-18 October 2017

Venue: Gold Coast, Australia

The AusIMM Underground Operators’ Conference is vital to the development of the profession generally. UGOPS 2017 will provide an opportunity for practitioners to share their learnings, provide inspiration and produce an ongoing reference for years to come.

The conference’s organising committee is particularly keen to hear from colleagues working overseas to share their experiences. There are opportunities to be realised and it is in difficult times that innovation thrives through necessity.

The theme is to share ideas and collaborate to ensure that the mining industry as a whole moves forward.


International Mining and Resources Conference

Date: 30 October-November 2017

Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The International Mining and Resources Conference is Australia’s largest mining conference and is partnered with Mines and Money Australia, the country’s largest mining investment forum.

With over 2500 mining leaders, policy makers, financiers, technical experts, innovators and educators to hear from over 200 international speakers for four days of learning, deal-making, and unparalleled networking.

This year’s programme will cover all aspects of mining from exploration to investment, production to optimisation through to technology, health and safety, future energy, policy and governance; it truly is the one-stop event for the entire industry.

The Expo is FREE to attend and will be one of the most effective ways to network with over 2500 mining professionals from over 50 countries all under the one roof.


Many days of in-depth technical sessions, networking, activities, functions, learning how mining professionals and organisations are working together to enhance and expand your understanding of the mining industry make 2017 an exciting year to be involved in the Australian Conference circuit.


*Dates given are subject to change.

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