Australian Coal Basins

Background and context for understanding Australian coal deposits

The NSW Institute for Frontier Geoscience professional development course in Australian Coal Basins is designed to outline the location and significant features of the Australian Coal Basins, to provide a geological background and context for understanding Australian coal deposits. The course will be run by experts in their field chosen by the Coalfields Geology Council of NSW, and will include academics, consultants, Government and Industry geologists.

Course Structure

  • Location
  • Stratigraphy and Age
  • Coal Petrography and Microscopic Analysis
  • Formation of High Quality Coal Seams
  • Tectonic Setting and Basin Structure
  • Coal Types and Rank
  • Coal Exploration
  • Coal Characterisation and Utilisation
  • Coal Seam Gas
  • Industry Field Trip

Course Duration

The postgraduate training course consists of at least 40 contact hours as part of the 5-day intensive, and will include an assessable practicals designed to demonstrate the capacity to generate and interpret geological data relevant to the course objectives.

Course Venue

Room G111, Level 1, Geology Building, University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus
View the Callaghan campus interactive map


Morning tea and afternoon tea is provided each day. If you have any specific dietary requirements please contact Nicole Weaver by email -

Course Cost


Receive Early Bird discount of $500.

Delegation Discount is also available

If you register 3 or more delegates from your organisation, receive a 50% discount on the 3rd delegate's registration fee.

* The Early Bird discount and the Delegation discount cannot be taken in conjunction with one another.

Who should complete this course

From an Industry perspective, there is a strong need for early to mid-career employees to improve and/or broaden their skill base, to become effective and efficient members of the working team. A postgraduate training program will provide a comprehensive range of professional geological and geotechnical based skills, which have the potential to substantially improve productivity. Not only will these skills assist everyday decision making, but will facilitate better utilisation of consultants and consultancy reports. The courses will give early to mid-career geoscientists much greater competence, ability and confidence to operate in the workplace.

Entry requirement is a BSc degree or three (3) years experience as a Coal Geologist in the Industry.


The 5-day intensive will include assessable practical tasks designed to demonstrate the capacity to generate and interpret geological data relevant to the course objectives. The course will also involve participant interaction, facilitated by a short pre-course research task, and in-course discussion.

What certification will I receive?

A Certificate of Attainment will be awarded for successful completion and a mark and grading will be recorded for the course.


The course may be transferred to a relevant postgraduate or Masters Program in the Faculty of Science and Information Technology. Please contact GradSchool for further advice.

About the Course Convenor

Teaching interests

Dr Bailey’s teaching interests include coal and coal utilisation, energy, sedimentary petrology and environments, and carbon sequestration.

Dr Bailey is a member of the Priority Research Centre for Energy, International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology - Chairman, Commission III (Former), and Cooperative Research Centre for Black Coal Utilisation - Project Manager. (Former).

Research interests

Carbon sequestration in minerals and underground reservoirs, coal-fired power, coal petrology, sedimentology, coal utilisation, char development, combustion, gasification, coal grindability.

Got a question?

Contact us for advice on how to apply, enrol, or for more information.

Ready to start?

Once you’ve read our Application guide you’re ready to apply