Victoria swept last night’s Rio Tinto Women in Resources National Awards in Launceston, with each of the state’s three finalists recognised with an award.

Michelle Keegan, Victoria’s 2017 Exceptional Woman in Resources, was honoured with a special national Industry Achievement Award in recognition of her career success and work to advance gender diversity across four jurisdictions.

Starting out as a mining engineer Kalgoorlie, Ms Keegan is today a vice president in Incitec Pivot’s Asia Pacific region.

St Barbara, a global gold mining company headquartered in Melbourne, took out the award for Excellence in Company Programs and Performance for its industry-leading program of gender equality initiatives.

Key initiatives include monthly pay gap analysis, a Women’s Internal Network sponsored by its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Bob Vassie and a domestic violence strategy. 

This commitment has resulted in a 100 per cent staff return to work rate following parental leave, a significant reduction in staff turnover and a reduction in the overall pay equity gap.

Victoria’s Gabriela Love was also recognised, receiving a Highly Commended Award in the national Gender Diversity Champion category.

One of the first women to graduate as a mining engineer in Australia, Ms Love is now Chair of the AusIMM Women in Mining and Resources Network Victoria (WIMnet Victoria) and acts as a mentor of young women in the industry.

Ms Keegan, Ms Love and St Barbara were elevated to finalists in the national awards after taking out their respective categories at the inaugural Victorian Women in Resources Awards in June. 

Victoria’s winners were among others from across Australia, including Western Australia’s Vanessa Torres who received the 2017 Exceptional Woman in Resources Award for long-standing gender diversity leadership and Carolyn Dobson, from Queensland, who was named Outstanding Tradeswoman in Australian Resources.

A full list of winners is available here.

Hosted by the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council in 2017, the Women in Resources National Awards is an initiative of the Minerals Council of Australia and state chambers with support from various Women in Mining Network state branches.

In 2017, the MCA Victoria in partnership with WIMnet Victoria hosted the inaugural Victoria Women in Resources Awards. The inaugural Victorian awards recognised individual success and gender diversity champions across the state’s mining and mine equipment, technology and services sector. 

Victoria’s mining and mine equipment, technology and services sector employs approximately 121,700 people and contributed $13.6 billion in Gross State Product (GSP) to the Victorian economy in 2015-16.


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