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Digital masterclass

Tailings Fundamentals: Responsibility and Accountability

Course commences 22 September 2022

PD Hours
Digital masterclass

Tailings Fundamentals: Responsibility and Accountability

Course commences 22 September 2022

PD Hours

Develop a fundamental understanding of tailings management from the perspective of mining executives and board directors.


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type Next Intake PD Hours Language
6 hours
2 weeks
100% online
22 & 29 September 2022
(two webinars)
Up to 6


Course overview

Safe and effective management of tailings facilities continue to be a major focus of Boards, investors and the wider community. The AusIMM digital masterclass is an essential learning experience for mining executives and board directors to better understand tailings management from a risk and governance perspective. Delivered over two 90-minute interactive webinars over two weeks, the course will allow participants to ask questions and learn from peers, ensuring content is tailored to current scenarios and industry needs.



Course pricing

*Associate grade membership - for professionals with less than 5 years’ experience in the resources sector.
Price inclusive of 10% GST
Associate membership* and enrolment bundle
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Price inclusive of 10% GST

Enrolments now open

Course commences 22 September 2022

Who should attend?

Asset-level front-line leaders
Suitable for Board directors, senior and accountable executives to understand GISTM compliance, reporting requirements and impacts on operations and closure of tailings facilities.

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

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

Learning outcomes

  • Build awareness of key tailings facility and management issues
  • Discuss applicable principles for addressing these issues from a risk and governance perspective
  • Examine compliance with the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM)

Course structure 

This masterclass will be delivered over two weeks, consisting of:

  • Two 90-minute live webinars
  • 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

Live webinar sessions are recorded and available within 24 hours for participants who are unable to attend.

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Tailings Fundamentals: Responsibility and Accountability


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 Adobe Connect 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 6 hours of learning. Participants will have access to the course platform for three weeks to complete all modules.

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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