The QRC works with companies and individuals to champion gender diversity in the resources sector
Currently, women represent 15.2 percent of Queensland’s resources sector workforce, and 12.5 percent of ‘non-traditional’ roles.
QRC’s Women in Resources Action Plan (WRAP) program incorporates the annual Resources Awards for Women presented at its International Women’s Day Breakfast. The awards recognise the achievements of women in four different categories: junior, operator, trade and overall winner. A Gender Diversity Champion award is open to men and women.
QRC works with the voluntary not-for-profit group Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) to actively engage women in the sector.
WRAP also engages with Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) high schools and university students.
The QRC has also been integral to the setting up of awards in NSW, and WA, and produced and hosted the inaugural Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA) in 2014 with finalists nominated by each state.
Women in Mining and Resources Queensland
Women in Mining and Queensland (WIMARQ) is support 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
Women in Resources National Awards
Resource sector bodies, including QRC and WIMARQ, throughout Australia have been promoting the value increasing the proportion of women at all levels within the resources sector and these awards form part of that aim.