Victorian Women in Resources Awards

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The Victorian Women in Resources Awards recognise and promote diversity across Victoria’s minerals industry. The awards are supported by AusIMM Women in Mining Network Victoria.

The awards feature six categories: Exceptional Woman in Resources, Exceptional Young Woman in Resources, Outstanding Australian Trade Operator or Technician, Gender Diversity Champion, Technological Innovation Award and Diversity Program Award which recognises a company or subsidiary.

Winners for 2021 have been announced

  • Exceptional Woman in Victorian ResourcesLaura Chibnall, Principal Environmental and Social Consultant - Ensolve
  • Exceptional Young Woman in Victorian ResourcesYan Lim, Health Safety Environment and Community Advisor – Stawell Gold Mines
  • Outstanding Trade Operator or TechnicianElisabeth Viklund, Underground Operator – Mandalay Resources Costerfield Operations
  • Gender Diversity ChampionNikki Hartrey, Human Resources Manager – Kirkland Lake Gold, Fosterville Gold Mine.


Exceptional Woman in Resources

This award recognises the exceptional achievement of a woman in the Victorian resources sector in any occupation. It notes her leadership skills, resilience, her methods of overcoming barriers and seeking out and accepting new responsibilities and challenges.

It also recognises her work to promote the industry’s social licence to operate. This work may include a commitment to community engagement and development, contributing to gender diversity within the sector or other sustainability initiatives.

Exceptional Young Woman in Resources

This category is open to women under 30 and recognises an outstanding young woman who has shown significant promise and achieved significant milestones in her career to date. It also recognises her contribution to promoting the Australian resources industry’s social licence to operate and increasing gender diversity in the sector.

Outstanding Australian Trade Operator or Technician

This award recognises the achievement of a woman working in a trade, operational or technician role in Victoria’s resources industry. The award recognises her achievement in breaking new ground for women in non-traditional careers as well as her resilience, achievement of goals and support for gender diversity.

Gender Diversity Champion Award

This category recognises an individual - male or female - for their excellence in the encouragement, promotion and advocacy for the attraction, retention and promotion of women within their company and/or the Australian resources sector.

Diversity Program Award

This award recognises a resources company/subsidiary for excellence and innovation in gender diversity programs and demonstrated outstanding performance in increasing the proportion of women in their workplaces.

Companies who have achieved increases in the proportion of women in non-traditional roles, such as senior management, engineering, sciences, operators and trades will be highly regarded.

To be eligible, the company must have a presence in Victoria and be a member of the MCA or WIMnet Victoria.

Technological Innovation Award

This award recognises the achievements of a woman who is using and promoting technological innovation in mining. It also recognises the innovative solutions that she has developed or applied in the Australian resources industry.