COVID-19 Statement from the Chair

The Organising Committee has made the decision to postpone the 2021 Bowen Basin Symposium for a second time. We are deeply disappointed that we cannot host this event in August 2021, however, attendance at the Symposium is critical for its success and the COVID-19 lockdowns in progress across the country (not just in Queensland) have jeopardised this. All parts of our technical programme, exhibition and networking opportunities have been impacted.

We have confirmed the availability of the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre (MECC) and other key suppliers for the new dates: 28-30 March 2022 (note that this falls over a Monday to Wednesday, rather than a Tuesday to Thursday as has been scheduled previously). The Organising Committee will begin to transfer the extensive planning and preparations to the new dates, however, the Symposium will still be known as the 2021 Bowen Basin Symposium.

We understand that the postponement of the Symposium raises questions in regards to current registrations, sponsorships, exhibition, payments and accommodation bookings. We have prepared some responses to FAQs which can be seen here. If you cannot find the information you’re looking for below, please do not hesitate to email the Symposium Secretariat at

The Organising Committee hopes that you will be able to attend on the new dates and that the Australian Coal Mining community is able to remain healthy and safe during this time.  We are looking forward to bringing together researchers and practitioners to share their knowledge and experience and continue the success of previous Bowen Basin Symposia.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you to Mackay in March 2022 for the 2021 Bowen Basin Symposium.