The Australian minerals industry has announced the finalists for the Rio Tinto Women in Resources National Awards, which celebrate and recognise exceptional women whose achievements inspire others in the resources sector.

Building the future minerals workforce means industry needs to boost its focus on increasing workforce diversity and inclusion, including gender diversity.

Encouraging women to pursue a career in mining is vital if we are to increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths professionals which our innovative, high-skill industry will need to meet growing demand for Australia’s world-class resources.

Research and our industry’s own experience confirm diversity and inclusion increase productivity, innovation and performance – and has benefits for women and men.

With more than 33,400 women working in the sector in 2017, up from 8,900 in 2001, we’ve made good progress in recent years. Yet with only 16 per cent of Australia’s minerals workforce being women, it’s clear that there’s a big job ahead.

The Australian minerals industry is changing to attract a more diverse workforce with most employers offering part-time work options and flexible hours along with other initiatives, including:

  • At Rio Tinto, 18 per cent of the workforce are women and 41 per cent of its 2017 graduate intake were women
  • Downer EDI Mining is participating in a project connecting schools with industry organisations to increase female participation in science, technology, engineering, maths and trades careers
  • BHP achieved a 2.9 per cent increase in female representation in 2016-17, with women now accounting for 20 per cent of BHP’s overall workforce
  • St Barbara has been a Workforce Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice since 2014, with 100 per cent of women returning to work following parental leave between 2009 and 2016 (up from 50 per cent between 2007 and 2009).

2018 is the fifth year of the Women in Resources National Awards, a partnership between the MCA, Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia, NSW Minerals Council, South Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council and Queensland Resources Council.

A full list of the finalists appears below. Contact details are available on request.

 

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Award Category

Finalists

Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance Award

ERA Ranger Women's Network

 

Energy Resources of Australia

 

Rio Tinto White Ribbon Accreditation

 

Rio Tinto

 

Inclusion & Diversity at Rio Tinto Weipa

 

Rio Tinto

 

Diversity – South32 policies in action

 

South32

 

GHD - Diversity and Inclusion at GHD

GHD

 

The Newcrest Australian Parental Program

Newcrest

 

Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources

Nicole Brook

Glencore

 

Katrina Bangay

Energy Resources Australia/Rio Tinto

 

Jo-anne Dudley

Rio Tinto

 

Donna McDermott

Hydro Tasmania

 

Vanessa Sullivan

Tasrail

 

Melanie McCarthy

Mandalay Resources

 

Peta Libby

Digirock

 

Kalpana Maharage

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd 

 

Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources

Kristy Christensen

South32

 

Helen Gill

South32

 

Holstein Wong

BHP

 

Nima Sherpa

BHP

 

Caroline Dunning

MMG

 

Dhakshi Weerawardena

BHP

 

Gender Diversity Champion in Australian Resources

Deirdra McCracken/Tindale

BHP/WiMNet NSW

 

Linda Murry

Rio Tinto

 

Rachel Durdin

Rio Tinto

 

John Graham

South32

 

Sarah Jones

Orica

 

Veena Mendez

Chevron Australia

 

Outstanding Australian Trade, Operator or Technician

Hana Newbury

Peabody

 

Katrina Bangay

Energy Resources Australia/Rio Tinto

 

Dannielle Weston

Hastings Deering

 

Tarrisha Simpson

South32

 

Nicole O'Keefe

BHP

 

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