HSE Mining is committed to equality in the workplace and with the mining sector’s average female demographic at just 8.9 per cent, there is a great need for improvement.

Our focus throughout this year has been to retain our female staff in non-traditional roles, such as production operators, at all of our sites.

The People and Culture team, in conjunction with Griffith University honours students, embarked on a large-scale workforce gender diversity research project at South Walker Creek. This project sought to account for and address the issue of female employment participation at South Walker Creek.

The data was collected through qualitative and quantitative measures including a series of face-to-face interviews conducted onsite, extensive analysis of raw data and academic research.

A report was completed and submitted to HSE Mining earlier this year and a presentation of the findings was made to the members of the National Leadership Team and the Project Manager of South Walker Creek. The report delivered recommendations that strive to increase the retention of female employees and to increase gender diversity to achieve an aspirational target of greater than 20 per cent female employment by contract renewal in 2017.

These findings were presented to BMC and resulted in a commitment from BMC to work alongside HSE Mining to proactively implement the recommendations.