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Female FIFO mine workers feel left out says survey

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

The resources sector needs to be more inclusive of female remote mine employees, an industry body has revealed.

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) has found female respondents feel left out because of their gender.

AusIMM’s latest professional employment and remuneration survey shows 57 per cent of female respondents did not believe the industry was diverse enough while more than 40 per cent thought their colleagues were not welcoming enough.

Qualified workers concerned

The sample survey of 600 people, 97 per cent of whom had a bachelor’s degree or higher qualifications, also found 21 per cent of women who responded currently worked in a fly-in fly-out or drive-in drive-out role.

Seven times more women surveyed thought diversity and inclusion were important compared to their male counterparts. A further five times more women believed access to health care services was important compared to males.

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The findings have prompted AusIMM to continue the study each year and reflect the views of women in the industry.

“AusIMM recognises that we have challenges in our industry when it comes to diversity and inclusion, the numbers make that clear,” CEO Stephen Durkin said in a public statement.

“We are deeply committed to playing a strong leadership role to help fix these problems as the peak body for resources professionals.”