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GENDER DIVERSITY FEATURE

SPECIAL FEATURE

GENDER DIVERSITY IN PRACTICE FROM IMPLEMENTING ‘BEST PRACTICE’ day-to-day workplace policies, to comprehensive recruitment strategies and organisational culture overhauls, Australia’s resource employers are pulling out all stops to lift their female workforce participation levels. This is both a challenge and an opportunity, and is by no means unique to Australia’s mining, oil and gas sectors. Under the federal Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, 4,000 organisations are required to report on a range of gender indicators to the government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). However, in late 2014 just 76 of those organisations were deemed to have met the standards of its annual ‘Employer of Choice’ citation – some of which are featured in these pages. Highlighting the long road ahead for the resource industry, WGEA reports the sector is the least diverse in Australia with just a 15.7 per cent female workforce composition. With 16.1 per cent female employees, construction is not far in front. While the statistics clearly demonstrate the challenge ahead, more than ever resource employers are engaging with industry-led initiatives such as the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) and bolstering their internal gender diversity programs to become stronger, more productive and more diverse organisations. In this special cover feature, we bring you a selection of those employers tackling the challenge of workforce diversity, driven by the understanding that attracting, developing and retaining more women in the workplace will benefit business, the community and the nation. RP

www.amma.org.au | AUTUMN 2015 | RESOURCEPEOPLE

RESOURCE PEOPLE Issue 010 | Autumn 2015  
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