A3.0 Mining Challenge: How Australia can innovate for mining sustainability

A3.0 mining

Recognising new approaches to improving mining productivity and sustainability outcomes post the recent ‘mining boom’.

 2014 Mining Stream Wrap Up

Australia 3.0 Mining 2014Australia 3.0 Mining had a good turnout (over 70) and a busy program (over 20 speakers) with active interaction in the Q&A sessions and the networking during the breaks. Colin Farrelly as Mining Lead presented the wrap up plenary and thanked the Keynote speakers, who helped us set the scene for mining innovation both now and into the future.

A30 Miner's Den Yammer

Each of the 13 Innovation Pitches gave us a glimpse of what is possible right now in their 5 minute pitch.  We intend to continue to work with all the people who presented their ideas and solutions in the Miner’s Den Yammer network.   We would like to continue shape a number of the innovation ideas that we received, including:

  1. making introductions to potential partners who can add value to the idea,
  2. targeting particular segments of the mining industry for support, and
  3. shaping some into ideas suitable for collaborative research for the innovation pipelines of both AMIRA International and SA Gov Mining and Petroleum Services CoE.

View Final A3.0 Mining Speakers Program 2014-08-29

A3.0 Mining Speakers Program 2014 v2_tmbThis year Australia 3.0 Challenged participants to…identify new ideas and solutions for success in exploration, development and mining with improved productivity and sustainability outcomes …and galvanising the action to make them real.

It’s NOT a talk-fest, it’s a do-fest! Australia 3.0 is an opportunity for you to share your own ideas and opinions, and contribute your experience to mature the ideas of others into a new and innovative pathway. Catalysing ideas into the future. It is a national forum for the innovators in your team.

The Industry Innovation Challenge

The Australian mining industry faces significant challenges over productivity and sustainability. Decreasing ore grades, deeper mines, higher input costs and complex regulation have all contributed to declining productivity reducing our global competitive advantage.

To ensure economic prosperity for Australia, our mining companies, service providers, government departments and research organisations need to collaborate in an open and effective way to develop new ideas and new solutions to address these challenges.

Technology enabled transformation can shift operations from a set of static disparate functions, to a digitally aware, dynamic, automated, integrated and interactive environment, with increased agility, lower operating costs, higher productivity and improved safety and environmental outcomes.

The Australia 3.0 thought leadership format

Day one will hear keynote talks and presentations of innovative new ideas and solutions in three separate sessions following the themes of:

  • Exploration & development – deeper and under cover
  • Mine productivity – faster, cheaper, better operations
  • Sustainability – Lowering the carbon footprint and better health & safety

You, and other leading industry thinkers will put these ideas through their paces, test and mature them, and identify the research projects required to bridge the gap between ideas and broad industry uptake.

Day two the gathered experts will socialise and finalise the scope of potential research proposals ready for input the to funded pipeline process of our industry research partners: AMIRA and the Sth Aust Govt Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence.


The call for Emerging and Cross-Industry Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Transforming Mining was held earlier in August and now they are under review.

Call for Innovation - A30 Mining 2014_tmbThe A3.0 Miner’s Den has been set up under the management of AMIRA International for the purposes of having discussions around ideas and solutions as part of the Australia 3.0 Mining Stream.

Using the Yammer on-line collaborative network for sharing innovative ideas and solutions for the mining industry where Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is a disruptive enabler for change.

We welcome the Prospectors to the Den and we will also be bringing Miners and Technology innovations specialists for helping develop ideas. Some of these will be showcased at the A3.0 Mining stream on 28 August.

Our Partners

Government of South Australia Department of State Development is home to a project exploring how to establish Adelaide as a national Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hub to service the mineral and energy resources sector with cutting-edge ICT solutions. The ICT Roadmap for Minerals and Energy Resources Project, the outcomes of which are being implemented through the new Mining and Petroleum Services Center of Excellence, aims to support one of the South Australian Government’s Seven Key Priorities: Realising the benefits of the mining boom for all.  The new Department of State Development is supporting Australia 3.0 as a means to generate new opportunities in support of this objective.
AMIRA AMIRA International Ltd is a member-based organisation of minerals companies and suppliers that develops, brokers and facilitates collaborative research projects. Through this process a number of companies can jointly fund research and jointly share the benefits.  AMIRA will be actively seeking ideas from the Australia 3.0 event for seeding new collaborative innovation projects for their mining company members.
 CSIRO CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship works across the minerals value chain to grow Australia’s resource base, increase the productivity of the minerals industry and reduce its environmental footprint, both in Australia and globally. The Minerals Down Under Flagship been an active supporter of Australia 3.0 for the last three years and this year will be actively engaged in supporting the Showcase for new ideas and new solutions.





Get involved

Register your interest to participate in Australia 3.0 and identify your area of interest via the Get Involved form

Contact us

Australia 3.0 Mining Stream Leader
Colin Farrelly

AIIA Resources Special Interest Group
Byron Riessen

Australia 3.0 Program Manager
Kelly Hutchinson Australia 3.0 Program Manager or 0403803543 Australia 3.0

Follow us on Twitter @aus3point0 or #aus30mining

2013 Outcomes

Australia 3.0 Mining Communique_tmbIn 2013 from May-August Mining Stream Leader,  Colin Farrelly worked with Mining Stream Speakers, Jonathan Law,  Paul Heithersay and  Paul Lucey to prepare for the 8 August Australia 3.0 Forum.

Below are the presentations and papers that were part of the breakout sessions that all contributed to the final Australia 3.0 Mining Communique.

A30 Mining Breakout 1 - J Law_thumbA30 Mining Breakout 3 - RIIT_thumb
 Mining Transformation - Farrelly v1.0_thumbA30 Mining Breakout 2 - Heithersay_thumb

View the Mining  blog post, read the 2013 Recommendations and make a comment here >>


Australia 3.0 Mining Communique
Mining Transformation – Farrelly v1.0
A30 Mining Breakout 1 – J Law
A30 Mining Breakout 2 – Heithersay
A30 Mining Breakout 3 – RIIT