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Water Stewardship

Delivered by Sustainable Minerals Institute


Understand water management in the minerals sector for positive post-mining outcomes. 

The Water Stewardship course focuses on catchment and regional approaches to water resource planning, beneficial water reuse schemes, including treatment options, social considerations, integrated environmental studies and post-closure considerations. The course material is supported by many case studies and discussion of potential initiatives.

Upcoming courses

Delivery mode
online, online classroom
No dates currently available
Time commitment
40 hours

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Who should attend

Junior environmental personnel.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

What you'll learn

  • Gain insight into the water governance and expectations for the minerals sector.
  • Implement integrated water resource management, water resource planning and identifying options for reducing water requirements.
  • Learn how to manage water quality impacts and identify water treatment technologies to support beneficial water reuse.
  • Explore catchment and regional initiatives.
  • Develop skills to manage water for positive post-mining outcomes.

Time commitment

This is an online course that will require roughly 40 hours to complete.

Course curriculum

  • What is meant by Water Stewardship?
  • Voluntary obligations
  • Water governance
  • Case study
  • Integrated water resource management
  • Water resources planning
  • Role of mining companies
  • Reducing water requirements
  • Examples and case studies
  • Water quality issues
  • Water treatment technologies
  • Other mitigation options
  • Case study
  • Discussion of issues
  • Residual voids
  • Groundwater rebound
  • Collaborative opportunities
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Examples and case studies


The assessment for this course is a critical reflection essay. Students will describe their regional context, water resource planning processes, and water quality issues at a particular mine. Students will be asked to reflect on the water stewardship activities that could be undertaken if there were no budget constraints.

Certification and accreditation

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion to verify their skills and achievements.


Associate Professor Claire Côte, Director, Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry
Associate Professor Claire Côte
Director, Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry


Applicant Price
Individual domestic ex. GST A$3,000
Individual international (GST not payable) A$3,000

See terms and conditions (PDF, 123.12 KB).

GST is excluded from the cost

Payment options

We accept credit cards (Visa/MasterCard) for payment, including corporate credit cards. If you do not have access to a card, please contact our team at to discuss your options.


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