The Coalfield Geology Council of NSW has a strong history of encouraging professional development for geoscientists. The CGC presents a series of one day workshops to provide high level, cost effective training from industry leaders.

Workshop topics include:

Coal Quality



Regional Geophysics



Upcoming Workshops

Fundamentals for coal geologists

Free online short course – 22nd and 23rd November 2021


The Coalfield Geology Council of NSW (CGC NSW) with the support of the Geological Society of Australia (GSA), have organised a geology short course: Fundamentals for Coal Geologists. This will be run online and for FREE thanks to the support of the CGC NSW, Glencore and Yancoal on Monday the 22nd November and Tuesday 23rd November 2021.

The course will be taught by Emeritus Professor Joan Esterle (UQ) and Dr Judy Bailey (formerly of UON). The event is proudly sponsored by Glencore and Yancoal.

Course outline

  • Fundamentals of rank, grade and type
  • Coal-forming depositional environments
  • Practical: wireline correlation, structure contouring and isopachs
  • How do sedimentary environments impact on geotechnical behaviour?
  • Why coals vary-from lithotypes to macerals across time and space
  • Chemical testing for variation in rank, grade and type
  • Practical: coal lithotype logging
  • Influence of coal character on coal preparation
  • Coal Utilisation
  • Micropetrography of carbon – including petrography of metallurgical coke
  • Current modes of energy generation – in Australia and elsewhere
  • Future trends

Previous Workshops

Coal Quality Workshop – 16th and 18th February 2021

Presented by: ALS Coal

A workshop providing an overview of Coal, Sampling and Measuring Coal Quality, Control of Coal Quality in the Coal Chain, Coal Quality and Utilisation Performance.

41st Sydney Basin Symposium – March 2019

The 41st Sydney Basin Symposium was held in March 2019 in the Hunter Valley at Dalwood Estate.

Sydney Basin Symposium_Program

The Sydney Basin Symposium provides a forum for geoscientists to share knowledge and advance our understanding of the major sedimentary basins of Eastern Australia. The Sydney Basin Symposium was initiated by the University of Newcastle in 1966, as the long-running symposia series  ‘Advances in the Study of the Sydney Basin’. This was the 41st symposia in the series, covering topics including (but not limited to) coal geology and coal quality, mine geology, exploration, hydrogeology, petroleum geology, geophysics, environmental and social, state of the industry, and climate change.

Coal Quality Workshop – 13th and 14th February 2018

Presented by: ALS Laboratories

A workshop providing an overview of Coal, Measuring Coal Quality, Control of Coal Quality in the Coal Chain, Coal Quality and Utilisation Performance, and a 1/2 day Laboratory Tour.

Coal Quality Workshop – July 15, 2016

Presented by: Colin Ward

This workshop provides an excellent grounding in coal quality. Topics covered include coal testing and analysis, coal petrography and coal quality assessment in exploration and mine geology.

Introduction to Geostatistics – September 18, 2015

Presented by: Monica Davis, MD Geology | Rebecca Jackson, Xenith Consulting | Shaun Ayshford, Ayshford Geological Services

A workshop on using geostatistical analysis in coal resource assessment, focussed on understanding basic principles, interpreting and sense checking results. The course was attended by 20 geologists, with experience ranging from 5 to 30 years.