Only 9% of fulltime workers in the mining industry are women, who hold less than 1% of board or executive management positions, according to a survey by the NSW Minerals Council.

Women in Mining: A snapshot is the first survey of its kind conducted within the mining industry, questioning 170 current and past female employees. The survey found that over 30% of women in mining, the largest proportion, are employed as machinery operators or drivers.

Furthermore, 93% of women working in the mining industry would actively encourage more women to take up a career in the industry, including in roles operating of heavy vehicles and machinery. 71.4% of those who were surveyed think that more should be done to encourage women to take on a career in mining.

“The responses showed women in mining are passionate about where they work and what they do, from operators and administrators through to trades and engineers, including some that are emerging in important leadership roles. But clearly much more needs to be done to attract and retain women into mining, and provide career development and senior leadership opportunities,” said NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee.

More findings of the survey are presented in this infographic.

Women in mining infographic

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