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Resourceful Women

QRCís Women in Resources Action Plan (WRAP) was established in 2006 to help its members attract and retain more women into Queensland's resources sector workforce.

At the time, women represented only six percent of employees in non-traditional roles such as operators, trades, geologists, engineers and senior management.

The ambitious target set in 2006 to double the percentage of women to 12 percent by 2020 was all but achieved by 2011 when the QRC Board set a new target of 20 percent women by 2020.

Currently, women represent 15 percent of Queensland's resources sector workforce, and 13.3 percent of 'non-traditional' roles.

QRCís WRAP program incorporates the annual Resources Awards for Women presented at its International Womenís 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.

QRC/WIMARQ Mentoring Program
Mentoring has been demonstrated to be an important element in retaining and developing the careers of women. Following the successful Queensland...

Rio Tinto presents - QRC/WIMARQ International Women's Day Breakfast and Resources Awards for Women 2016
Thank you to Rio Tinto for being our major sponsor for the 2016 International Women's Day Breakfast and Resources Awards for Women presentation...

Images and videos
Click here for video interviews of 2016 Resources Awards for Women winners

Profiles of resourceful women
Women can be found in all areas of Queensland's resources sector, from truck drivers, to trades people, environmental specialists, engineers and mine...

Click on the links below to view various gender diversity publications.

Click here to find out about events for women in resources

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