Fifth International  Conference on Block and Sublevel Caving
30 August – 1 September 2022 | Hilton Adelaide, South Australia

The only dedicated cave mining international event globally


Information and deadlines for authors.


Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.


Information for conference attendees.

The Block and Sublevel Caving Conferences provide a platform for mining companies to be kept informed of the latest technological developments and caving research carried out by industry and academia. The Australian Centre for Geomechanics, a not-for-profit mining research organisation at The University of Western Australia, looks forward to hosting the Fifth International Conference on Block and Sublevel Caving in Australia in 2022.

The ACG’s priority is the safety and well-being of the delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors of our further education and training conference and events. All attendees are strongly encouraged to attend in person; the ACG looks forward to welcoming many cave mining industry professionals to Adelaide in August 2022. Worldwide delegates are able to participate via a leading online event platform. Presentations will be available on-demand for three months post-event.

This follows previous events held in Cape Town, 2007; Perth, 2010; Santiago, 2014; Vancouver, 2018.


  • Cave mechanics
  • Draw control and fragmentation
  • Mine planning and design
  • Cave front tracking
  • Ground support
  • Seismicity
  • Subsidence
  • Geotechnical monitoring
  • Numerical modelling

Past, present and future cave mining projects in Australia*

Past Mines:




Operating Mines:

Block Caving

Big Bell



Sublevel Caving

Black Rock Cave

Capricorn Copper


Ernest Henry


Future Projects:

Block Caving


Savage River

Sublevel Caving


Mt Lyell (currently closed, may re-open)

*to the best of ACG’s knowledge. ACG does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. If changes/updates are required, please contact ACG.

The proceedings from Caving 2018 are freely available for download at the ACG Online Repository of Conference Proceedings