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Victoria Gold Mining & Exploration Forum 2022

A special networking forum for Victoria’s dynamic gold industry

23 – 24 February 2022 | Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

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Gold mining in Victoria is booming with annual production over 2019-20 reaching the highest yearly level since 1906…Victoria’s gold sector is valued at $1.9 billion and the outlook remains positive with minerals exploration growing in recent years.
– Michael Philipps, Australian Mining, 16 November 2021

The Victorian gold industry is currently experiencing a renaissance, with authorities estimating that there may be approximately 75 million ounces still waiting to be discovered in the State. Exploration and investment are ramping up across Victoria as the sector looks towards a reinvigorated future.

In the March 2021 quarter, $51.5 million was spent on minerals exploration in Victoria.
Victoria’s exploration and mining industry has a bright future and is critical to support more diverse regional economies.
Exploration creates a pipeline of new gold projects to support Victoria’s growing gold mining sector employing thousands of workers, particularly in the Bendigo region, and in mines in Ballarat and Stawell.
– James Sorahan, Minerals Council of Australia 1 June 2021

Gold exploration pulled a March record $246.9 million splurge, the fourth straight quarter above $200m mark and around three times higher than spending levels seen just five years ago
– Stockhead 2 June 2021

Continued investment in Australian mineral exploration is needed to find the mines of the future and unlock the jobs and growth still waiting to be discovered
– Pearce Warren in Mining Weekly 1 June 2021

Victoria’s rich minerals endowment is prospective for gold, base metals and mineral sands. Exploration investment in Victoria was worth $152 million in 2020 – a significant increase over the past five years.
– James Sorahan in Australian Mining 21 May 2021

Informa Australia is delighted to be holding the forthcoming Victoria Gold Mining & Exploration Forum, which will be held on 23–24 February 2022 at the Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria. This event will examine the latest developments in gold mining and exploration in Victoria.

The Victorian gold industry is currently experiencing a renaissance, with authorities estimating that there may be approximately AU$150 billion worth of gold still waiting to be discovered in the State. Exploration and investment is ramping up across Victoria as the sector looks towards a reinvigorated future.

Topics will include:

  • Current market outlook
  • Government perspective
  • Community engagement
  • Case studies
  • Latest updates from the key operating mines in Victoria
  • Investor appetite for Victorian gold
  • Insights from leading exploration companies, and their latest initiatives
  • Recent Data: Opportunities for gold in Victoria
  • Harnessing the mining industry for sustainable indigenous development
  • Recent challenges for the industry including skills shortages, scarcity of drill rigs, and delays for laboratory assays
  • Local Procurement
  • New technology
  • Rehabilitation of the land effectively and efficiently
  • The future of Victorian gold mining


Tim Davis

Director of Technical Services – Australia, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Mark Houlihan

Director IT & Digital – Australia, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Chloe Cavil

Geology Manager, Mandalay Resources

James Chirnside

Managing Director & Chairman, Dart Mining

Michael Hudson

Managing Director, Southern Cross Gold

David Boyd

Managing Director, Carawine Resources Limited

Rex Motton

COO, Fosterville South Exploration

Ryan Skeen

Chief Executive Officer, First AU Limited

Mark Bennett

Executive Chairman, S2 Resources Ltd

Luke Mortimer

Exploration Manager, Kalamazoo Resources

Dr James Tickner

Chief Technology Officer and Founder, Chrysos Corporation

Cameron Cairns

Manager Minerals Geoscience, Geological Survey of Victoria

Tim Markwell

Managing Director, Falcon Metals Ltd

Ben Jupp

Senior Geologist, SRK Consulting

Rodney Carter

Group Chief Executive Officer, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Nick Kennedy

Managing Partner, deliberatedge, Chair, The Workforce Planning Institute

Cassandra Lewis

General Manager, and Djaara Traditional Owner, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

James Sorahan

Executive Director - Victoria Division, Minerals Council of Australia

Don MacDonald

CEO, Deepcore Drilling

Adam Place

Director, Tesbury Consulting Services

Simon Youds

Executive Chairperson, Cauldron Energy Limited

Felicia Binks

Director Environment and Government Relations - Australia, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Matthew Hernan

Principal Geologist, Outback Goldfields

Peter Geddes

Director and Principal Consultant, GoldFern Consulting

Shawn Panton

Chief Geologist, Kaiser Reef




Media Partner


Tectonics and implications for gold prospectivity in Victoria
Victoria’s rich orogenic gold endowment has helped make the State what it is today. But much of its hidden potential is yet to be discovered – with historic goldfields mainly found through surface geochemistry (panning), where mineralised levels are serendipitously exposed. Read more >>

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Full vaccination against Covid-19 is required for all in-person attendees.

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We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

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when & where

23 - 24 Feb 2022

Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
328 Flinders St
Melbourne VIC 3000


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