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Executive Essentials

Tailings Risk & Governance

Masterclass date: 2023 dates to be advised

PD Hours
Executive Essentials

Tailings Risk & Governance

Masterclass date: 2023 dates to be advised

PD Hours

An essential guide to tailings management responsibilities, accountabilities and liabilities for Accountable Executives, CEOs, Board members, senior executives, banking executives, investors and insurers.


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type Next Intake PD Hours Language
90-minute webinar
100% online

2023 (dates to be advised)

Up to 3


Course overview

With a continued focus on the safe and effective management of tailings facilities driving increased accountability and liability for mining company executives, maintaining a baseline understanding is critical for senior management. This 90-minute masterclass has been designed to give Accountable Executives, CEOs, Board members, senior executives, banking executives, investors and insurers a concise overview of tailings management from a risk and governance perspective, in the light of recent catastrophic tailings dam failures and the requirements of the resulting Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM). The masterclass explores learnings from active tailings operations and incidents worldwide, and trends in tailings management.



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Who should attend?

Senior leaders and executive mine professionals
Suited to Accountable Executives, CEOs, Board members, senior executives to understand the requirements of GISTM compliance, the impacts on operations and closure of tailings facilities, and trends in tailings management.

Corporate and investment-related professionals
Understand the context behind provision of financial and human resources to enable GISTM compliance, and the review of tailings facility designs.

Senior tailings facility managers, including operators and engineers
Understand key governance and operational considerations to comply with GISTM requirements, and trends in tailings management.

Learning outcomes

  • Build awareness of key tailings facility risk management issues
  • Discuss fundamental principles for addressing issues from a risk and governance perspective
  • Examine compliance with the GISTM
  • Understand trends in tailings management

Course structure 

This masterclass will be delivered via:

  • 90-minute live webinar
  • Supported by resources and case studies, including summarised versions of key industry references and guidelines
  • Interactive group forums on AusIMM’s Learning Management System, providing opportunity for peer discussions and feedback

The webinar session will be recorded and available within 24 hours for participants unable to attend.

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Executive Essentials: Tailings Risk and Governance


David Williams

David Williams

Professor and Director of Geotechnical Engineering Centre at The University of Queensland; Manager, Large Open Pit Project
Professor David Williams initiated and directs the industry-funded, UQ Geotechnical Engineering Centre at The University of Queensland, which has attracted $10M in funding, and manages the Large Open Pit Project. He has over 40 years of teaching, research and consulting experience, and is internationally recognised for his expertise and experience in mine waste management and mine closure, pertaining to tailings dams in particular.

Professor Williams was a member of an Expert Panel investigating technical causes of the Brumadinho tailings dam failure and is on a number of Tailings Independent Technical Review Boards, including for Escondida.

He authored the 2009 and 2016 Tailings Management Handbook, as part of the Commonwealth Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry. Professor Williams is currently involved in the Working Party for the Australian National Committee for Large Dams Guidelines on Tailings Dams – Planning, Design, Construction, Operation and Closure, published in 2012, with an update in 2019.
Peter Chapman

Peter Chapman

Principal Tailings Engineer, WSP Golder
Peter Chapman is a Principal Tailings Engineer based in WSP Golder’s Perth office. He has been with WSP Golder for more than 18 years and is the Mine Waste Group Leader for Australia. He holds Engineer of Record and ITRB roles for major clients across Australia and has a strong focus on risk management processes.

Frequently asked questions

The course will be run entirely online via a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) which can be accessed via computer, tablet or phone. Participants will simply need to have a working Internet connection and a computer, tablet or phone with sound to access the course. The live webinars will be hosted on Zoom and participants may choose to download this application to their computers or devices; however, this is an optional download and attendance via an internet browser is also enabled. Participants will not be required to have access to a webcam or microphone.

The full course is estimated to take about 3 hours of learning. Participants will have access to the course platform for three weeks.

At the moment, the course will only be delivered in English. 

No pre-qualification needed but the course is aimed at mining professionals who have a certain level of working experience and knowledge.

Participants can earn professional development (PD) hours for undertaking the course. One contact hour of technical content is equivalent to one PD hour.

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