Science leading environmental excellence in the mining industry


The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR) is a new model for workplace integrated researcher training. It will deliver restoration-industry-ready professionals focused on the needs of the mining sector, to enhance the capacity of industry to deliver improved financial, social and environmental outcomes. 

Scale and context are key drivers of research priorities for restoration. Thus there is a clear need to develop proven, cost-effective, and scalable restoration solutions. These restoration needs form the foundation of the CMSR. The CMSR is structured as six thematic research areas: restoration genetics, seed technology and enablement, rare species management, restoration ecophysiology, restoration trajectory, and mining industry policy extension.

Together these themes will create a multi-disciplinary, integrated training centre that complements the proponents’ substantial existing capacity in restoration research.

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Mine Site Restoration received Australian Government funding of $5 million through the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Program.





The latest DNA approaches to improve seed sourcing, plant performance, and biomonitoring restoration.




New tools for understanding plant function and condition for mine closure.





Making every seed count in restoration through ‘smart seed’ technology




Enhancing conservation of threatened species impacted by mining




Innovation in bio-indicators and spatial modelling for mine closure capability.




Establishing a nationwide approach to mine closure policy.  

CMSR partners with WABSI

A new partnership has triggered the process for researchers and industry to work together and map the way forward for restoration research on Banded Ironstone Formations (BIFs) of the Yilgarn Plateau.

The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI) and Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR) partnership brings together Curtin University, the University of Western Australia and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority

At a recent workshop, we brought together partner researchers to discuss the biodiversity values and ecological restoration of BIFs of the Yilgarn Plateau.


CMSR in the international news!

The Centre for Mine Site Restoration was featured in the ASIA Miner last week!

A $6.7 million research centre based at Curtin University in Western Australia will partner with mining companies to apply world-class science to the rehabilitation of retired mine sites. The Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR) aims to connect high-end science with on-ground practice in mining restoration, and to train the next generation of high-level researchers to be industry-ready.


Science finds sense in rehab

SCIENCE will be applied to mine-site rehabilitation with the establishment of the Australian Research Council Centre for Mine Site Restoration at Western Australia’s Curtin University.