19—21 NovemberBrisbane

Complex Orebodies

Complex Orebodies Conference 2018

About the conference


The Complex Orebodies conference aims to attract a wide range of contributors willing to share their experiences and insights into this crucial issue.

Corporate leaders, operators, service providers, financial institutions and researchers are invited to contribute case studies, perspectives on important issues, and unique solutions to the variety of challenges across the entire range of development activities.

Contributions are sought from all global jurisdictions, across the entire spectrum of disciplines. Insights will be gained from case studies of existing complex orebodies; analysis of the future technical, social, political and environmental landscape as it affects mining; and from contributions detailing innovative extraction approaches with potential to revolutionise mineral supply.

Organising committee


Conference Chair

Prof Rick Valenta FAusIMM — WH Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre

Committee Members

Ian Sheppard MAusIMM — Aeris Resources
Professor Deanna Kemp — University of Queensland
Associate Professor Glen Corder FAusIMM(CP) — University of Queensland
Professor Alice Clark FAusIMM(CP) — University of Queensland
Professor Allan Trench FAusIMM — University of Western Australia

Event Management

Eliza Sanneman —Team Leader, Senior Coordinator, Events
Claire Stuart —Coordinator, Publishing

Conference themes


  • Current complex orebodies – technical, political, social and environmental challenges and solutions
  • Meeting future challenges, standards and expectations – the changing landscape of acceptable practice


  • Transformative technologies to open up new extractive possibilities
  • Defining and understanding complexity as it applies to the entire mining life cycle
  • Trends and challenges of future metal supply
WIMnet Conference Grants


As an initiative to increase the number of female presenters at AusIMM conferences, a WIMnet Conference Grant is available for some AusIMM conferences which may be awarded to a female presenter based on merit and need. The grant covers the cost of conference registration, but does not include travel or accommodation. Successful applicants need not be AusIMM members, although preference will be given to members. Successful applicants must first have their abstract accepted by the conference organising committee. Following the conclusion of the conference, grant recipients are asked to provide a short (less than one page) article for publication in the WIMnet newsletter.

Women interested in applying for the complimentary conference pass should submit their application via email to the WIMnet secretariat dedwards@ausimm.com.au for consideration. Applications should be no more than 300 words and explain how the applicant meets the selection criteria (merit and need) and why they are applying.

In addition, WIMnet have a number of members experienced in conference presentations who are available to offer advice on presentation skills should an applicant be interested in their assistance.

Call for abstracts

Due 28 May 2018

Submit an abstract

Online submission

Extended abstracts that are accepted by the organising committee will be subject to peer review. The selection criteria include relevance to the conference theme, accuracy and originality of ideas, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation. All accepted extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings and presented at conference technical sessions. All presenting authors are required to pay and attend the conference to present their extended abstracts.

AusIMM Guidelines for presenting authors


Read the guide to writing an abstract

Key Dates

Deadline abstract submission: 28 May 2018
Notification to authors of abstract acceptance: June 2018
First draft paper submission: 30 July 2018
Final paper & copyright submission: 24 September 2018
Conference Dates: 19—21 November 2018

Review Process


Abstracts that are accepted by the conference organising committee will be subject to peer review and the selection criteria include relevance to the conference themes, accuracy and originality of ideas, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation.

Author registration

The extended abstract volume will only contain extended abstracts from authors/presenters attending the conference. To confirm publication of a presentation, as well as inclusion in the technical program of the conference, authors must ensure at least one author per extended abstract is registered and has paid the discounted author rate. Extended abstracts of authors who are not registered by the deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the extended abstract volume and program.

Author registration will be due in September 2018.

Terms and conditions

By submitting your abstract you hereby agree to the terms and conditions of The AusIMM that if your final abstract is selected for the technical program at least one author of the abstract will register and pay the discounted author registration fee with full intention of presenting at the conference.

Abstracts of authors who fail to register and pay by the nominated deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the extended abstracts volume and program.

By submitting an abstract to this AusIMM conference you hereby agree to the following terms and conditions

  • Prior to submitting an abstract that contains information that relates to, or reports on, a particular company or organisation, the appropriate level of approval must have been granted.
  • Abstracts submitted are of original quality (not previously published).
  • Submissions of abstracts are loaded electronically via the conference Speakers’ Portal, with minimal formatting.
  • Extended abstracts submitted are in accordance with the Guide to Authors and should not exceed 1000 words (3 pages).
  • The abstract does not infringe on the copyright of any other third party and copyright for said abstract will be assigned to the AusIMM.
  • The abstract adheres to the guidelines as presented in the AusIMM Guide to Authors.
  • Authors with accepted final extended abstracts agree to register, pay and attend the conference. At least one author/presenter must be registered and paid by the nominated deadline in order for the extended abstract to be published and presented. Any extended abstract not registered and paid will be automatically removed from the extended abstract volume and program.
  • Late withdrawals of final extended abstracts will incur penalties if withdrawn by the author at any time following the final submission date:
    • Authors will incur a A$400 desktop publishing fee
    • The extended abstract will be removed from the extended abstract volume and technical program
    • In the instance the author is not available to present the extended abstract a suitable replacement may be found to present the extended abstract and pay the registration fee.

For further information, please contact:

Claire Stuart, Coordinator, Publishing
Telephone: +61 3 9658 6104
Email: cstuart@ausimm.com.au

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International Visitors

  Visa Information

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa will depend, amongst other things, on your purpose for visiting Australia. The 'Visa options for Conferences, Trade Fairs, Seminars or Expos' fact sheet outlines some visa options that may be applicable

For more information on visa application requirements, view the 'Visa Application Requirements' fact sheet.

You should apply for your visa well in advance of the conference date. We strongly recommend that you apply at least two months prior to your intended date of departure. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection reserves the right to change regulations, so for all the latest information relating to obtaining an Australian visa, please visit: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visi

Invitation letters will be provided to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment. Official acceptance and invitation letters may be obtained by contacting Event Management by email: conference@ausimm.com.au.

Invitation letters can only be requested once payment of registration has been received. Please note when applying for your visa you should include a copy of your registration confirmation.

Australia has health and character requirements which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.

• For more information on health requirements, go to : http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Heal

• For more information on character requirements, go to: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Char

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plant products and many cannot be brought into the country without prior application. To have a smooth transition through quarantine and to enjoy your visit in Australia, it is important that you understand Australia’s quarantine regulations. Visit www.daff.gov.au for more information.

Please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at your arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly.


Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever- infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. No service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.