The International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) invites applications for its 2014 Mineral Policy and Economics short course.  The program will involve a group of up to 20 representatives from governments, civil society organisations and academic institutions from developing countries. It will include the opportunity to interact with other IM4DC participants and alumni, and a field trip to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

The short course will be held in Perth, Western Australia and Brisbane, Queensland and include a field visit to the mining centre of Kalgoorlie.

The short course will run from Monday 23 June to Friday 18 July 2014.

Program structure

The short course will provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of minerals policy that informs regulatory frameworks and economics in the resource sector.  

The short course will run over four weeks from Monday 23 June to Friday 18 July 2014. Participants will attend lectures, conduct interactive exercises and participate in open forum discussions. Lectures will be held at The University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth. A study tour to the regional mining centre, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia will take place during the third week.  Participants will visit mine sites and local government authorities. In the final week of the program, participants will attend an alumni forum in Brisbane, Queensland.

Participants will be expected to develop a Return to Work (RTW) plan for further activity beyond the program.


The program will provide participants with:

  • An overview of mineral regulation, including international and domestic laws and structures
  • An enhanced understanding of minerals policy as it informs mining law and mineral economics
  • A deeper understanding of mineral economics and mineral economies
  • A clear understanding of the drivers of public and private sector economic returns across the minerals sector.

Core topics

  • Aims, components and practice of mineral policy
  • Mining regulation (international and domestic)
  • Mineral rights and allocations
  • Regulating large projects     
  • Environmental, social and public policy issues
  • Administration of mining law and taxation                                                                             
  • Models for economic growth via mineral resources
  • Understanding mineral economies
  • Mineral commodity analysis & resource sector strategy
  • Mineral royalties as a parameter of minerals policy
  • Attraction of mineral sector private investment
  • Optimisation of government geoscience programs to attract exploration
  • The artisanal mining of minerals
  • Transfer pricing controls.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for mid-level to senior personnel in government, civil society organisations and universities engaged in resource sector policy analysis, design and implementation.

A high level of English proficiency is required. The program will be conducted in English, and will include group exercises and interaction with various stakeholders during presentations and field trips. Given the range of nationalities involved it is not feasible to provide translation services.


The program will be delivered by senior academics from the Centre of Exploration Targeting (CET), and from the Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia (UWA). Senior industry and government professionals will participate as guest lecturers and members of panels. 


IM4DC will fund the costs for participants from government agencies, civil society organisations and the university sector including tuition fees, return economy airfares, transport costs in Australia, conference fees, accommodation and meals for the duration of the tour. Further details regarding precise travel dates and arrangements will be provided, once participant details are confirmed.


To be eligible for the short course, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Mid to senior level professional working in a role related to regional development in the mining sector
  • Employment in either a university, training agency, mining institution, ministry, government agency, or civil society
  • At least five years-experience working in the sector
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Not married to/or a de facto of, or engaged to be married to, a person who holds or is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency
  • Satisfactory English language proficiency.

Applications which meet these criteria will be assessed against a range of criteria which include the quality of the submission on expectations and implementation, and alignment with the Australian Aid program priorities. Final selection will allow for the need to achieve diversity amongst participants.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted using the online form. You will be required to attach a copy of your passport and a signed endorsement from your employer.   to submit an application, applications may be started and saved so that you can complete them at a later time. 


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