The finalists in the 2019 Resources Awards for Women have been announced.The awards, run by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) recognise the leading women, as well as the work of men and women who promote gender diversity in the sector.
They also recognise resource companies efforts to improve gender balance in their workforces.
“These awards recognise our sector’s ability to bring better gender balance in our workplaces,” said QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.
“The QRC and its members have a goal of at least 20 percent women in ‘non-traditional’ roles—such as engineering, earth sciences, trades and operators—by 2020,” he said.
“Since 2006 these awards have provided a cohort of role models and ambassadors to inspire women to enter and remain in our resources sector.
“The economic and social benefits of better gender balance for our sector are clear and we believe that women should have equal access to the rewarding and high-paying careers the resources sector offers.
“Over the past 13 years since the introduction of our Women in Resources Action Plan, the proportion of women working in non-traditional roles in our sector in Queensland has risen from just six percent to 14 percent in our latest survey of members.
“Overall women now make up 16 percent of our workforce, but obviously we still have a lot of work to do.
“I congratulate our finalists, who have been selected from a record pool of candidates and look forward to seeing them at the awards presentation at our annual International Women’s Day breakfast on 8 March.”
Winner of the 2019 Exceptional Woman category will take home an MBA scholarship from the Australian Institute of Management.
The breakfast, hosted by BHP, will be followed by the annual Inspire! Convention hosted by South32 and tickets will be on sale soon for both events.