Australia Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) has been launched to increase women’s participation in the mining industry. A series of strategies are planned to attract and retain women in the resources industry.
AWRA say they are working with the industry and Federal Government’s Critical Skills Investment Fund for the project, which will implement recommendations from the National Resources Sector Workforce Strategy.
“Increasing the number of female workers in the resources and allied construction sectors has been identified as an essential strategy in meeting the industry’s escalating demand for workers,” AWRA director Minna Knight said.
Knight also said AWRA will build on many of the industry initiatives and networking groups already doing things for female workers. The project is an opportunity to unite all these organisations under one banner and take a nationally co-ordinated approach.
This announcement comes as the Women in Industry Conference in Sydney this week looked to address “the under representation of women in these industries”.
Under the AWRA project, the focus will be on identifying gaps in the application policy and practices at worksites “while also developing guidance and assistance in terms of worksite best practices and female workforce development,” Knight said.