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Resources sector on track to achieve 20 percent women by 2020

8 March 2013

Queensland's resources sector is on track to achieve its goal of 20 percent women in 'non-traditional' roles by 2020.

The industry's peak body in Queensland, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) says its 2011-12 survey shows that the proportion of women in 'non-traditional' roles, such as engineers, geologists, trades, operators and senior management had risen to just under 12 percent, up from 11 percent the previous year.

'The proportion of women across all occupations is 14 percent, up from 13 percent in 2010-11,' said QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche.

'It's particularly pleasing to see a one percent increase in female senior managers to 14 percent.

'It's also pleasing to see that the proportion of women in trades increased from two to three percent, though obviously there is still a long way to go in this area.

'While our statistics continue to trend upwards, we know that we need to keep a sharp focus on measures to ensure that the resources sector is attractive to women, and provides a working environment that encourages them to stay.'

The QRC will tomorrow present its annual Resources Awards for Women, which lift the profile of women in the minerals and energy sector and provide a cohort of female industry ambassadors, at its eighth annual International Women's Day breakfast in front of 800 guests at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The awards will be presented by the Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Lisa France, QRC President Stephen Dumble and Chair of Women in Mining and Resources Queensland Jules Blunt.

Click the link below for the full story on the latest gender diversity statistics.

Further information and photos: Caroline Morrissey 0417 770 893

Winning Women - Leading Practice Principles for the Attraction nd Retention of Women in the Minerals and Energy Sector. Seventh edition March 2013