ARC Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia’s Biosolids Resource

The ARC Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia’s Biosolids Resource is set to transform Australia’s biosolid use as a valuable resource, providing new practices, technologies and products for improved land management and training. This new Centre will pave the way for improved and more environmentally sustainable practices across the globe.

Biosolids are a by-product of the wastewater treatment process that can be used as fertiliser, in land rehabilitation or as a construction material. However, around 30% of the by-product still goes to land-fill in Australia.  The Centre will undertake projects to investigate how this valuable resource can best be managed across the entire process, from treating biosolid waste to transportation and legislation.  In addition to providing new practices and technologies the Centre will develop a skilled workforce ready to use the new technologies as they emerge.

Our role

Led by RMIT’s Distinguished Professor Andrew Ball, the Centre will build on RMIT’s expertise in environmental science and technology.

Our people


The Centre has expertise from 20 national and international partners from Australia, the UK and US including universities, water management authorities and industry.

Australian University partners

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  • Node leader - Professor Megan Ryan, University of Western Australia
  • Node leader - Professor Damien Batstone, University of Queensland
  • Node leader - Professor Richard Stuetz, University of New South Wales
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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer