The Minerals Council of Australia Victorian Division (MCA) with support from the AusIMM Women in Mining Network Victoria (WIMnet Victoria) has launched the first ever Victorian Women in Resources Awards.
Proudly sponsored by Mandalay Resources, the awards are part of the National Women in Resources Awards with Victorian category winners automatically elevated to the national awards.
Increasing gender diversity is a priority for Australia’s minerals industry, and a specific Victorian awards will provide more opportunities to promote gender diversity in our state’s minerals industry.
“Victoria has been well-represented at the national awards in the past however, hosting a local event means more opportunities to recognise individuals and organisations, particularly in regional areas.
“The MCA is committed to be championing gender diversity across the state and the country,” Executive Director of the MCA Victorian Division Gavin Lind said.
The awards will recognise excellence in three categories: Exceptional Women in Resources, Gender Diversity Champion and Diversity Program. Nominations are open until 19 April 2017.
A three-person panel will judge the awards will category winners to be announced in June.
WIMnet Victoria Committee member and two-time national awards finalist Jo Barron-Perry said that celebrating success had been identified as a way to attract and retain more women to the industry.
“The 2013 MCA Workforce Gender Diversity White Paper found that celebrating success, through role models and awards, were key to changing perceptions of industry and showcase the variety of career paths available.
“Sharing these stories of success help encourage women to consider a fulfilling career in the minerals industry and are an important step towards increasing attraction and retention,” she said.
Mandalay Resources (Costerfield Operations) General Manager Andre Booyzen said he was pleased that the company was able to support the event.
“As it is across industry, increasing and recognising gender diversity is a priority across Mandalay’s global operations well as at our Costerfield Operations in Victoria.
“By supporting these awards, we’re demonstrating this commitment,” he said.
Launched in 2010, the Women in Resources National Awards are an initiative of the Minerals Council of Australia and state chambers with support by various Women in Mining Network state branches. The 2017 national awards will be held in Tasmania in August.