The QRC works with companies and individuals to champion gender diversity in the resources sector
The Queensland Resources Council began its Women in Resources Action Plan (WRAP) in 2006 to increase the proportion of women in the resources sector, particularly in ‘non-traditional’ area of employment such as engineering, geology, operators and trades.
Since then the proportion of women in the sector in Queensland has grown from 6 percent to 15.8 percent overall, and 13.7 percent in ‘non-traditional’ roles.
WRAP incorporates the annual Resources Awards for Women presented at QRC’s International Women’s Day Breakfast, produced in collaboration with Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ).
The awards recognise the achievements of women four categories, Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources, Exceptional Young Woman in Queensland Resources, Exceptional Trade/Technician/Operator in Queensland Resources and Exceptional Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) student.
In addition, there is a Gender Diversity Champion Award, and an Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance award for QRC member companies.
QRC works closely with, WIMARQ, a voluntary not-for-profit group to actively engage women in the sector.
The QRC was integral to bringing other states and territories on board to offer state-based awards, and initiated the Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA), the first of which was held in Brisbane in 2014. Since then the WIRNAs have been conducted in Perth, Adelaide and Launceston with the 2018 awards hosted by Canberra.
Women in Mining and Resources Queensland
Women in Mining and Queensland (WIMARQ) is supported by the QRC. WIMARQ is a group of volunteers who provide support, mentoring and encouragement to women who are working in, studying for or taking a break from the minerals and energy sectors.
WIMARQ organises events aimed at bringing together women in all areas of the resources sector including people from mining, exploration, metals processing, oil and gas industries.
WIMARQ's signature initiatives include:
- International Women’s Day Breakfast and Resources Awards for Women
- WIMARQ / QRC Mentoring Program
- Regular professional development and networking event
- Regional presence in Moranbah, Mount Isa and Weipa
Women in Resources National Awards
The Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA) recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women in Australia’s resources sector.
The awards help promote the value of increasing the gender diversity of the resources sector workforce and highlight the achievements of women in the sector while providing the sector with role models and ambassadors.