Women underrepresented in NSW mining industry

A new survey has found only 9 per cent of full time workers in the NSW mining industry are women and they make up less than one per cent of board members and executive management.

The NSW Minerals Council’s Women in Mining: A snapshot, the first survey of its kind conducted within the state’s mining industry, also found that 71.4 per cent of those surveyed think more should be done to encourage women to join the sector.

The survey found that the largest proportion of women in mining, over 30%, were employed as machinery operators or drivers.  

While the lowest number, 0.5 per cent worked in management or featured on the board of companies.

“Clearly much needs to be done to attract and retain women ïnto mining and provide career development and senior leadership opportunities,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said.  

The NSW Minerals Council surveyed 170 of current and past female employees about issues including working conditions, career opportunities, balancing work and raising a family, and the barriers may face when entering the NSW mining industry.

“The responses showed women in NSW mining are passionate about where they work and what they do, from operators and administrators through to trades and engineers, including some that are emerging in important leadership roles,” Galilee said.     

The survey sought suggestions from women on a range of proactive measures to increase the number of women in mining.

Galilee says some of these measures are already being implemented by the NSW Minerals Council and its member companies with 90 per cent of the companies surveyed offering flexible working arrangements such as job-sharing or part-time work.  

While over 72 per cent of companies surveyed offer paid parental leave schemes in addition to government schemes.  

It also found over 93 per cent of women would encourage other women to join the industry.]

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