Female Leader, Florence Drummond, Indigenous Women in Mining & Resources Australia

Source: Femeconomy interview Florence Drummond, Co-Founder of Indigenous Women in Mining & Resources Australia (IWIMRA), is on a mission to connect every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman working in the mining and resources industry across Australia, to support each other in their career journey. From her home base in Weipa, Florence and her sister are rallying […]

Dr Vanessa Guthrie – “Just because you are outnumbered doesn’t mean you are wrong…. So never, ever give up”

Monthly Profile Feature Australian Dr Vanessa Guthrie has an impressive and diverse career spanning 30 years in the resources sector. Early on she realised that she wanted to work in an industry that creates value from natural resources and improves the quality of people’s lives. She loves being part of something that is physical, practical […]

Make a difference with an Australia Awards – Africa Scholarship: Applications are now open

Scholarships form an integral part of Australia’s development assistance for Africa, and help to build critical skills and knowledge. The Australia Awards – Africa offer an effective and efficient model to deliver Australia’s assistance while supporting a range of strategic foreign policy, economic diplomacy and development objectives across key sectors. Australia Awards Scholarships (2019 intake): […]

Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ)

Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) is a group of volunteers who support, mentor and encourage women in the minerals and energy sectors. WIMARQ champions gender diversity by sharing information about gender diversity issues, strategies and statistics, and welcomes women and men from across the sector to their events in Brisbane and regional locations. […]

2017 Nominations for Women in Industry – Australia

Originally published by Women in Industry – April 2017. Nominations are now open! Nominations are open in 10 categories across mining, manufacturing, engineering and road transport. NOMINATE NOWNominations will close on Sunday, 30 April. Social Leader of the Year This category recognises those individuals who have significantly effected positive change within their local or regional […]

Finalists announced for 2017 Resources Awards for Women

Originally published by The Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA – January 2017. The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has announced its finalists for the 2017 Women in Resources Awards (WIRA). The finalists, selected from over 90 nominations across five categories, represent a broad range of roles from within the resources sector. […]

Women make up half of apprentices in mining program

Originally published by Australian Mining – February 2017. Young women will make up half the mining apprentices taking part in a work readiness program that kicks off in Queensland today. Thirty-one apprentices will be involved in the four-week BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) work readiness program, which is run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy […]

Female engineering graduates on the rise at UQ

Originally published by Australian Mining – December 2016. A record number of women have graduated from engineering at the University of Queensland, well above the national average. Women accounted for 26 per cent of all graduates, higher than the national average of 17 per cent. The number of female graduates has grown from 21 per […]

Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards open for nominations

Originally posted by The Examiner – November 2016.   PIONEERS: 2016 Tasmanian Women in Resources finalists Tarrisha Simpson, Kelly Down and Ariel Pasco formed the panel at the 2017 awards launch at QVMAG on Thursday. Picture: Hamish Geale Nominations for the 2017 Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards were officially opened on Thursday night at a […]

How Fortescue Metals became the second ASX company in Australia’s history to have a board dominated by women

Originally published by Women’s Agenda – November 2016. A few years ago Fortescue Metals Group was the last ASX50 company to have an all-male board. Less than three years on, it will become only the second ASX-listed company to have a board dominated by women.   Fortescue’s chairman and founder, Andrew Forrest, was unwilling to […]

Gina Rinehart paints mining trucks pink in honour of breast cancer victims

Originally published by The Daily Telegraph – October 2016. WHEN Gina Rinehart steps foot on her Roy Hill mine in the Pilbara’s rugged and dusty terrain her mother is not far from her mind. Having lost her mother Hope to cancer more than 30 years ago, the mining magnate is honouring all women who have […]

Belmont and WA Awards’ Business Person of the Year: Kais a winner for woman

Originally published in Southern Gazette – November 2016. AS a woman in a male-dominated industry, the 23rd Belmont and WA Awards’ Business Person of the Year hopes her success will be an inspiration to other women. Sharon Kais was recognised at last Wednesday’s awards ceremony at the Perth Convention Centre, for her success as founder […]

Australian miners strike a chord on gender balance

Originally published by Herald Sun – October 2016. Noted geologist and former CSIRO chief Megan Clark is one of three women on Rio Tinto’s board. AUSTRALIAN miners are showing the way for their global peers on gender diversity, with women holding about a third of board seats at the nation’s biggest resources companies to buck […]

Swinburne offers engineering research fellowships just for women

Originally published by Engineers Australia – October 2016. Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is offering research fellowships for women in Engineering and IT, which it says is a first for the Australian tertiary sector. The Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowships – Women in STEM are designed to address the underrepresentation of women in STEM and […]

Claire Rutkowski appointed Bentley Systems’ CIO

Originally published by Australian Mining – October 2016. Claire Rutkowski has been appointed Bentley Systems’ new chief information officer, joining the company’s executive team. Rutkowski previously worked as CIO at MWH Global and was responsible for delivering IT strategy and services; supporting around 7000 engineering professionals worldwide. She joined MWH in 1998 and has worked […]

Nominations open for 2017 Resources Awards for Women

Originally published by WIMARQ – September 2016. Date: Wed 8 Mar 2017 Venue: Sofitel Hotel Format: Awards and breakfast Host: BHP Billiton Nominations are now open for the QRC/WIMARQ BHP Billiton 2017 Resources Awards for Women. Winners of these awards become finalists in the Women in Resources National Awards, and we’d love a repeat of […]

WIMWA Centre for Ethical Leadership (Melbourne University) Scholarship opportunity

Originally published by WIMWA – September 2016. With thanks to the ongoing support of Professor Bob Wood, WIMWA are delighted to announce a scholarship place is again available for the CEL (Melbourne University) Ethical Leadership Program.  To apply please send a 250 word (maximum) statement addressing “how you would use this opportunity to benefit other […]

Next Generation of Corporate Female Leaders Program

Originally published by WOB Australia – September 2016. Powerful and unique offering Our high level leadership program Next Generation of Corporate Female Leaders is a powerful and unique offering that will challenge, inspire, engage and stretch you to achieve influential and strategic leadership and board roles, now and in the future. “True leadership is about […]

Why are white men over 50 so scared?

This article was originally published on LinkedIn – August 2016. I once had the opportunity to hear Abigail Disney speak, and she stopped me in my tracks with one powerful sentence: “Slavery did not end in the U.S. because black people thought it was a bad idea, Slavery ended because white people thought it was a bad idea.” Abigail […]

National Women in Resources Award recognises the cream of the crop in mining, energy

PHOTO: Rail freight company Aurizon won a Women in Resources Award. (Supplied: Aurizon) An oil and gas executive from Shell Australia has been named as the Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources. Cecile Wake, VP Commercial, took out the top gong at the National Women in Resources event in Adelaide overnight. Ms Wake is also a […]

‘But you’re a girl…?’ – Emma Haddon on her career in mining

This article was originally published by the AusIMM Bulletin magazine – August 2016. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked ‘are you a cleaner here?’ or ‘how did you get this job, you don’t see many girls out here?’ since working in the mining industry, I could buy you all a […]

Hunter Valley geologist heading to Antarctica for international leadership course

PHOTO: Geologist Marianne Harvey is travelling to Antarctica in December. (1233 ABC Newcastle: Robert Virtue) The icy scenery of Antarctica is a long way from the rural farmland of Farley in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, but for 20 days in December, the beauty of the frozen white mass will greet Marianne Harvey every […]

Marianne Harvey – “As a woman the more you believe in yourself the better; self-promotion is key and that is all about being confident”

September profile Australian geologist Marianne Harvey is pushing at the boundaries as she prepares for an all-female science voyage with Antarctica as the backdrop. Come December she’ll spend 20 days on a boat headed to Antarctica as part of the Homeward Project. She couldn’t pass up the opportunity, not only because of ‘the cool rocks and […]

Support for women working remotely in blokey industries

  A mentoring program that helps women working in remote areas in traditionally testosterone-fuelled industries like mining and construction is gaining traction. The federal government announced a further $490,000 this week for the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) e-mentoring program. The e-Mentoring program, an initiative of the Australian Mines and Metal’s Association (AMMA), is […]

Indigenous woman becomes Fortescue’s CEO for a day

Careen Lee was selected as Fortescue’s CEO for a day, experiencing how the business operates from the highest level. After graduating from Fortescue’s Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC), she became an operator at Cloudbreak before progressing to a surface miner operator. Her role, including her promotion to Specialist Operator and current position as supervisor […]

Women stay down and earn less in mining, construction and finance: report

Women’s participation in the workforce may have increased over the past 20 years, but entrenched stereotypes about where women can work haven’t. A report released from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency on Tuesday found that despite an increase in women’s participation in the workforce over that time, women are still much more likely to hold CEO or key management […]

Women reach for success in new mentoring program

A new mentoring program has been launched in Brisbane to help women develop their careers in Queensland’s resources industry. The Women in Resources Mentoring Program is an initiative of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ), following a successful pilot program that ended last year. It was unveiled by […]

2016 WIRNA Finalists Announced

The 2016 Finalists Twenty four individuals and five companies from the Australian resources sector have been selected as finalists for the 2016 Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA). The finalists will be celebrated and winners announced at the 2016 Women in Resources National Awards presentation diner proudly hosted by The South Australian Chamber of Mines […]

Dubbo resident a winner at 2016 Women in Industry Awards

A Dubbo resident has received a national award for blasting away at the barriers to women working in the mining industry. Processing manager at Alkane Resources’ Tomingley Gold Operations Simone Painter has been named Mentor of the Year at the 2016 Women in Industry Awards. The annual awards recognise and reward the achievements of women working within the mining, […]

2017 Women in Resources Awards nominations

Established in 2010, the Women in Resources Awards (WIRA) recognise individuals and organisations working to build a world-class industry which provides attractive career opportunities and enhances the recognition and participation of women in the sector. CME will open for 2017 nominations in mid-September 2016.  If you would like to be informed when nominations open please […]

The Winners of the 2016 Women In Industry awards

The third annual Women In Industry awards drew together hundreds of people, focusing on the amazing achievements of women in Australia’s industrial sectors. The Women in Industry Awards recognises and rewards the achievements of women working in the nation’s industrial, logistics, and engineering sectors, and aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as […]

All in a days work for celebrated Geochemist

The burly, blackened blokes who are stereotypical of the resource sector are taking a back seat as the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council celebrate the skilled females who keep the plants ticking. In conjunction with the Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet), the 2016 Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards recognise the contribution of females and celebrates […]

How to keep more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

There have been myriad promises made by the major political parties over the years focused on funding programs aimed at increasing the number of women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Although some of the policies do target disciplines where women are underrepresented, there seems to be very little acknowledgement of the […]

A discussion with Dr Vanessa Guthrie, CEO of Toro Energy

This article was originally published by the AusIMM Bulletin magazine – July 2016. Dr Vanessa Guthrie, CEO of Toro Energy, Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia and a keynote speaker at International Mine Management 2016, discusses key stakeholders, leadership qualities and how the uranium industry is faring What is your overview on the state […]

First woman surveyor joins Qld board

Karen Norton who is a Director and part owner of Gladstone surveying consultancy MPA Surveying has been appointed to the Surveyors Board of Queensland by the minister for Natural Resources and Mines.  THE first woman surveyor has joined the state’s surveying regulator, the Surveyors’ Board of Queensland. Central Queensland cadastral surveyor Karen Norton was appointed […]

Stats Reveal Women in Resources on the Rise

THE number of women directly employed across Australia’s resource industry has seen its biggest quarterly increase in eight years – an encouraging result as resource employers focus on diversifying their workforces for greater competitiveness. According to recently released Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data, the number of women working in the industry jumped […]

WIMARQ – Mentoring scholarships applications still open

Mentoring scholarships applications still open Don’t miss out -closing Friday. Entry is quick and simple SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE QRC.WIMARQ MENTORING PROGRAM STILL OPEN FOR APPLICANTS BHP Billiton, as part of is foundation partnership support of the 2016 QRC/WIMARQ Mentoring program is offering three full scholarships for women who would benefit from career advice from a […]

2016 Women in Industry Awards

The third annual Women in Industry Awards recognises and rewards the achievements of women working within the mining, engineering, manufacturing , logistics and commercial road transport industries, and aims to raise the profile of women in these sectors, as well as promoting and encouraging excellence. Australian Mining, PACE, Manufacturers’ Monthly, Logistics and Materials Handling, and […]

Gender Pay Gap in Mining Sector

New report shows $100K gender pay gap for top tier managers A report released today reveals that among top tier managers in Australian organisations, men are paid on average $100,000 more per year than women. The report, Gender Equity Insights 2016: Inside Australia’s Gender Pay Gap, also revealed for the first time a measurable link […]

The men who can change the Australian mining industry

A small milestone to report this week – albeit one that has been 30 years in the making. Way back in the days when he was still learning the microscopic characteristics of plagioclase feldspar during mineralogy labs at the Royal School of Mines (RSM) in London in 1984, your scribe was elected to what is […]

Mining – it’s not just about rocks!

This article was originally published by the AusIMM Bulletin magazine – June 2016. ‘Mining is the extraction of minerals and metals from the earth…’ or so the definition in the dictionary goes. Stephanie Mathews. When people talk about mining, it is usually described as lots of dust and dirt, heavy duty machinery, high-vis clothing and […]

Trailblazer has worker safety on her mind

Joanne Farrell has been promoted to Rio Tinto’s group management executive committee. Joanne Farrell is no stranger to being a trailblazer in a world still dominated by men but even she admits to excitement at her promotion this week to the executive committee of Rio Tinto, the highest management level at the world’s second biggest […]

The untapped resource that could replace the mining boom: Women

Lean In, says Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to women. And now economists agree. IT SOUNDS like a solution too simple to be true, but economists say our greatest untapped resource might just be women. If barriers like childcare were addressed, the number of women heading back to paid work could fill the gap left by […]

Women in resources awards finalist: Suzan Drake-Brockman (Alcoa of Australia)

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Women in Resources Awards (WIRA).   Women in resources awards finalist: Suzan Drake-Brockman (Alcoa of Australia) Outstanding Operator/Technician/Tradeswoman Suzan Drake-Brockman (Alcoa of Australia) Suzan began work in mining as a pit technician at Hopes Hill NSW. This followed her […]

First female mine safety commissioner to start on Monday

As a young mining engineer in South Africa, Katherine du Preez faced a challenge – it was illegal for women to work underground. She became the first woman in that country to hold a mine manager’s certificate of competency, however, and on Monday will be appointed Queensland’s first Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health. She […]

Pink truck fleet delivers message of hope

May 3, 2016 Sharon Masige Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill mine’s entire haul truck fleet will be painted bright pink to raise awareness of breast cancer and highlight the growing role of women in mining. Hope, the first pink truck and named after Rhinehart’s mother, transported a load of iron ore to a crusher after the […]

Trail blazing Queensland single mum wins Women’s Day award

8 March 2016 While working full time and completing studies, new mother Dannielle Dendle was told the wedding was off and she’d have to move out. However, Dannielle’s tenacity allowed her to finish her Associate Degree in Mining Operations Management, unpick the wedding, train a new recruit, set up a new home, and take her […]

Sandfire Resources Appoints Maree Arnason as NED

18 December 2015 – Sandfire Resources NL (ASX: SFR; “Sandfire”) is pleased to advise that experienced resource industry executive Maree Arnason has been appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Maree Anderson is an experienced director and senior executive whose career has spanned 30 years in industries focused on resources, energy, transport and FMCG/manufacturing. […]