Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology

CODES ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits


CODES - ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits

Based at the University of Tasmania and built on strong teamwork and worldwide collaborations, the Centre has grown substantially since 1989 and is now widely regarded as a global leader in ore deposit research. It has four satellite facilities (nodes) at the University of Queensland, University of Melbourne, Australian National University, and CSIRO; two strong partnerships with the University of British Columbia and the Colorado School of Mines; and it collaborates with 78 universities and institutes plus approximately 70 industry companies world-wide. This ensures an exceptional breadth of skills, facilities and research strengths.


Significantly advance collaborative and innovative ore deposit research for Australian and international researchers and the minerals industry.


» Undertake and publish high-quality research.

» Lead the global minerals industry in research on exploration and recovery of new mineral resources.

» Equip the Australian minerals industry with world-class graduates.

» Communicate the Centre’s research to the wider research, industry and general communities.

The strategic focus of the Centre is based on a holistic, multidisciplinary approach that covers all elements of ore deposit research, from fundamental research through to applied research outcomes.


Its modus operandi is to use advances in the fundamental research and technology programs to drive innovative team-based applied research, linked with industry. This is achieved through the five major research programs:

5 research areas within CODES

There are many exciting research opportunities available for graduate students. Currently CODES has the following PhD projects and a wide range of Honours projects:

» 13 Laboratory-based

» 33 Australian-wide

» 27 World-wide


5 areas of research within CODES