Supply Opportunities

Austmine exists to develop the Australian METS sector and provide growth opportunities and value to our members so they can achieve greater success.

As part of our ongoing efforts, the team is now working with strategic industry partners to provide members with exclusive supply opportunities both domestically and internationally.

BHP Opportunities

Austmine has partnered with BHP to bring Australian METS new opportunities to drive innovation and engage in collective problem-solving. This includes the Supplier Innovation Program, where BHP put forward a series of business challenges to suppliers who pitch ideas to solve them. The “winning” solution can then proceed to a paid pilot program to test it before committing to its implementation.


CLOSED: Detection of Oversize Rock Blended in Stockpile

Posted on 12/13/2020
This challenge closed on Friday 15th January 2021.

International Opportunities

Austmine works with partners around the world to bring Australian METS companies supply opportunities in key prospective markets. This includes the Innoventure program which is a collaboration with Tata Steel and the EXPANDE Open Innovation in Mining Program in Chile.  

Current International Opportunities


Beneficiation of Low-Grade Ferro Oxide Manganese Ores

Posted on 1/4/2021
Submit for the Tata Steel beneficiation of low-grade ores challenge by 28/01/21.


Upgrade to Battery Operated / Renewal Energy Based HEMMs

Posted on 1/5/2021
Submit for the Tata Steel Upgrade to Battery Operated/Renewable HEMMs challenge by 28/01/21.


Detection and Separation of Foreign Objects in Coal

Posted on 1/5/2021
Submit for the Tata Steel detecting and separating foreign objects in coal challenge by 28/01/21.


Online Copper Grade Measurement of Ore Sent to Production

Posted on 1/5/2021
Antofagasta's Minera Zaldivar is seeking solutions for copper grade measurement of ore.

Domestic Opportunities

Austmine is working with Australian mining companies to provide METS with opportunities to submit solutions to their current operational challenges.


Electricity Generation from Low Latent Rock & Water Temperatures

Posted on 9/30/2020
Rio Tinto are seeking to generate electricity from low latent rock and water temperatures.


Protective Anode Coating for Aluminium Smelting

Posted on 12/14/2020
Rio Tinto Bell Bay is seeking solutions for a full-scale low cost automated anode coating process.


Robotic Tank Cleaning

Posted on 12/14/2020
Rio Tinto Yarwun are seeking a solution utilising robotics or remote technology to clean...