The Treasurer of Australia – Thursday at the World Mining Congress

World Mining Congress 2023

Media welcome. Access is limited and security tight.

To attend plenary be at the Merivale Street security gate at 8 for access. Speaker list below.

For Treasurer’s media call and speech, be at the Merivale Street security gate at 9 am. 


  • Towards zero deaths
  • Blasting for net zero
  • Mining on the Moon
  • The big green mud robot
  • Drive a dozer at the Convention Centre*
  • And other autonomous and AI stories.

It’s Day 4, Thursday 28 June at the 26th World Mining Congress, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Media welcome but access limited.

if you’re not accredited, be at the Merivale Street security gate at 8 for access for first plenary

If you’re attending for the Treasurer, be at the Merivale Street security gate at 9 am for media call and speech. 

Plenaries, 8.30 am to 10.10 am

  • Cathy Foley, Australia’s Chief Scientist, 8.30 am
  • Sherry Duhe, Newcrest Mining, Interim CEO, 8.55 am’
  • Michael Wright, Thiess, Executive Chair and CEO, 9.20 am
  • Jim Chalmers, Treasurer of Australia, 9.50 am

*The driver is at the Convention Centre. The dozer is 800 km away.


Finding critical metals with CSIRO

The copper, lithium and rare earth minerals need to power the energy transition will largely be found in hard to explore areas, buried under thick regolith or in deep sedimentary basins.

CSIRO’s Dr Sandra Occhipinti will discuss how we can find them faster and with less environmental impact. It’s about using new geophysical techniques, smart data analysis, and clever drilling supported by field-based sensors.

Deadly slopes revealed with computer vision and radar

Slopes move. Landslides, mudslides, and slope instabilities relating to open-pit mines, natural slopes, tailings dams, and river dams can potentially cause catastrophic loss of life and infrastructure.

CSIRO’s Dr Marc Elmouttie will report on how CSIRO and Chongqing Research Institute have developed a combined computer vision and radar to create a high-precision slope stability monitoring system that will be trialled over the next twelve months.

Blasting for net zero emissions

Blast design is optimised for plant efficiency. It can also help lower carbon emissions says CSIRO’s Dr Ewan Sellers.

He believes miners can change how they blast rocks to have efficiency and reduced carbon emissions at the rock face, the mine and the mill.

He will discuss a new concept he calls Blasting for Net Zero (B4NZ) which includes optimisation of blasting by changing mine designs, adding sorting, and applying hydrogen peroxide explosives.

Plus UQ stories

  • Decarbonisation of the ironmaking and steelmaking
  • A new method for integrated risk management on mine sites

About the Congress

The World Mining Congress was first held in 1958 in Poland. It has been held every two to three years ever since. It is UN-affiliated and continues to have a secretariat in Poland.

The 26th World Congress will be held for the first time in Australia, spanning the entire Brisbane Convention Centre from 26 to 29 June 2023. The Congress anticipates over 3000 participants from over 70 countries.

The Congress was brought to Australia with the support of the host, CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency. The Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science and Resources is our Major Sponsor and Queensland is our Host State Sponsor. A large suite of leading global and national companies and research agencies are also major sponsors of the Congress.

Inclusion of Congress speakers in media releases does not imply endorsement by the WMC, its hosts, partners and sponsors.

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For more information and accreditation contact
Niall Byrne,,  +61-417-131-977 and visit