The Minerals Council of Australia has today released a new toolkit to assist employees, supervisors and organisations in the minerals industry understand their rights and obligations, and how parental leave and flexible work can be effectively and successfully managed.

The toolkit, prepared by Freehills law firm on behalf of the MCA, provides tips for employees, supervisors and organisations navigating parental leave and flexible work, together with practical case studies and frequently asked questions.

It was released at a women in mining workshop organised by the MCA as part of the annual Minerals Week conference and is available at

Representatives of the Women in Resources Network from around Australia met in Canberra to exchange strategies for the recruitment and retention of female employees in the minerals sector.

Dr Linley Lord of Curtin University presented the preliminary findings of a review of strategies to increase the number of women working in the minerals industry. The preliminary findings indicate there has been slow and steady increase in the number of women working in the industry.

About 18 per cent of the industry’s employees are women.

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