AusIMM Community and Environment Society

The AusIMM Community and Environment Society aims to provide a balanced, informed voice which supports professionals in the minerals sector in community and environment related issues.

The role of the AusIMM Community and Environment Society - click here

Community and Environment Society Strategy and Framework documents:
Strategic Pillars


Click here to view current committee members.

Georgia Manning (Chair)
Donna Edwards (Secretariat)
Phone : +61 3 9658 6135

Becoming a Society member

AusIMM members with an interest in community and environment issues can join the Society by ticking 'Community and Environment Society' in the Joining a Community section of the Members' Area ( click here to log in to your profile ). Members of the Society are eligible to vote in committee elections and will receive the Society newsletter and occasional emails relevant to the group.

Life of Mine Conference 2018

Life-of-Mine 2018 was held from 25-27 July in Brisbane, Queensland. The fourth event in this highly topical series, it focused on five primary themes: incorporating societal and community factors into design and operation; integrating mine planning and processing for environmental performance; strategies and planning for improving rehabilitation outcomes; innovation for delivering better sustainability outcomes; and influences of global trends on the future of the industry.

Please click here to purchase your copy of the conference proceedings.

The AusIMM, BHP and EIANZ Environment and Community Award

The purpose of this award is to provide financial support to students interested in pursuing a career in the environment and/or community disciplines within the minerals industry. The award is intended to support costs associated with completion of an Honours or Masters research project, or equivalent.

To be eligible to nominate for the award, you must be a currently enrolled student planning to undertake an accepted Honours or Masters' research topic with an environment or community focus within the minerals industry. The award is valued at up to $3,000 per annum and can be used to offset financial expenses incurred while undertaking your research project.

To be considered for the award, please download and complete the application form here and email completed copy to

A panel of minerals industry environment and community professionals from AusIMM and EIANZ will review the applications and announce the successful award recipient.

For further information on the award please click here, for enquiries please email Donna Edwards at

Latest News

Stay up to date with the latest news, activities and articles from the Community and Environment Society by visiting the Community and Environment page on the AusIMM Bulletin website. If you have a story that may interest our readers, please let us know via the feedback form

Rehabilitation Reference Library for Exploration and Mining

The Rehabilitation Reference Library for Exploration and Mining is a toolkit of relevant guidelines and documents to assist practitioners in rehabilitation practices and planning across Australia. Sources include (in most cases) web-based documents published by various government departments, universities, international organisations, and industry associations. The reference library is intended to be a dynamic document that may be updated regularly. Should you have any updated or additional relevant resources, please send to

The Social Aspects of Mine Closure

With many mining operations in the Australasian region approaching the end of their productive lives, good management of mine closure transition is becoming increasingly important. In the past, environmental rehabilitation has been the focal point of this work and some excellent results have been achieved; rehabilitation science is advanced and well documented. The same cannot be said for the social aspects of closure, although this is frequently the focal point in closure transition in other parts of the world and there are many lessons that can be transferred. This excellent compilation by the SMI Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland provides a greatly needed resource for Mine Closure teams to consider the social aspects of closure in a globally informed way.
The Social Aspects of Mine Closure - A Global Literature Review

Submissions to government

One role of the AusIMM Community and Environment (C&E) Society is to make submissions to government on key issues. PDF copies of recent submissions from the C&E Society are available below.

View a list of submissions to government by the AusIMM.

Conferences and Events

The Society works closely with the AusIMM Conference team to promote the group's activities at relevant events. A full list of conferences can be found here

For upcoming Community and Environment Society events please visit the AusIMM Events Calendar

Community and Environmental aspects within JORC and VALMIN

Need for Improved Guidance on Community and Environmental Factors considered in JORC and VALMIN Reporting

Community and Environment links

The Society has working relationships and connections with community and environment bodies and initiatives in Australia and across the globe including:

Community and Environment resources

WA Department of Environmental Regulation

WA Department of Mines and Petroleum