Women in Mining Network (WIMnet)
The WIMnet aims to promote the attraction and retention of women in the mining
industry and to encourage membership and active participation of women in The
AusIMM and WIMnet activities. Membership is open to all members of The AusIMM,
regardless of gender.
The WIMnet is a group within The AusIMM which is primarily concerned with women in mining.
Its activities are organised by a Committee whose members meet regularly
via teleconference. You can receive regular updates on WIMnet's activities as well as
Women in Mining Networking events by subscribing to the WIMnet newsletter.
WIMnet News is an online newsletter produced by The AusIMM Women in Mining
Network. If you have something you would like to contribute to WIMnet News or
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Articles published in The AusIMM Bulletin magazine
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There are a range of networking
events for women in resources in both capital centres and regions in
Australia. Contacts are listed below:
the Women in Mining Discussion Forum (Members only can
The WIMnet engages in advocacy promoting
attraction and retention of women. Strategies include raising employer
acceptance flexible rosters and lobbying in favour of more accessible child
On increasing womens’ participation in the industry
WIMnet, WIMSA, WIMWA and WIMARQ call to increase women’s participation in AusIMM conferences
WIMnet, Women in Mining South Australia (WIMSA), Women in Mining Western Australia (WIMWA) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) are calling for an increase in the
number of women participating in conferences, particularly in presenting papers. Statistics compiled
by The AusIMM show total female representation at all AusIMM conferences to be 17-22 per cent for 2010
, 2011 and 2012.
A number of Women In Mining affiliates have volunteered to act as mentors to assist with the
preparation of abstracts, final submissions and presentations. View the list of mentors
Go to The AusIMM website for a list of upcoming AusIMM
events and to access The AusIMM’s Guide to Authors.
Mentoring programs for women in the Australasian resources industry
Resources Industry Mentoring Programs – Click here for contact details
Presentations and items published
- Corporate governance in the resources industry – Dr
Vanessa Guthrie. In July 2011,
Vanessa Guthrie addressed an audience in Perth, Australia, providing some great
tips for anyone interested in the workings of boards.Audio
Podcast available here, MP3(46MB)
Welcome speech, presented to the Mineral Council of
Australia’s Women in Resources workshop 31/05/2011, by Donna Frater,
- Analogy of Life – The Sausage Machine. Presentation to
the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) 'Women In Leadership –
Expectations of the Generations' Seminar on 30 November 2010, by Alex Atkins,
Senior Mining Engineer/Special Inspector of Mines (Mining) PDF.
in Mining Planning for a Sustainable Workforce. Presentation to the Seventh International
Mining Geology Conference 2009, by Lynn Olssen on behalf of WIMnet, August 2009.
- Women in Mining – Consistently Moving Forward in Challenging
Times, Presentation to the
Project Evaluation Conference 2009, by Miriam Lyons-Stanborough, April 2009.
- Planning for a Sustainable
Workforce Through Diversity Initiatives – WIMnet. Presentation
to the Future Mining Conference, by Sabina Shugg, November 2008.Podcast
now available here
the skills shortage - WIMnet article in Australian Mining, August 2008
- WIMnet – The
Courage to Lead,
Presentation to the New Leaders’ Conference, by Kate Sommerville, July 2008. PPTPodcast
now available here
- The AusIMM Paid
Parental Leave Submission to the Productivity Commission (May
- Women in Mining
Network – Presentation to Underground Operators Conference, by Kate
Sommerville, April 2008. PPT
- Women in
The Resources Industry – The Challenges of Attraction and Retention, by
Miriam Lyons-Stanborough, AMMA National Conference, April 2007. PowerPoint.
Women in Mining Submissions
On the mining gender pay gap
On tax deductibility of carer expenses
Events and conferences
For a listing of upcoming women in mining events please visit the WIMARQ and WIMWA websites www.womeninminingqueensland.com and www.womeninmining.com/wimwa respectively.
WIMnet has supported a number of surveys aimed obtaining a
clearer picture of professional women’s participiation in the industry and
investigating factors affecting their attraction and retention.
- What are the Opportunities and
Challenges for Women in FIFO Mining in Canada? By Silvana D Costa, Ana
Carolina Silva and Vivien Hui – PhD Candidates, Norman B Keevil Insititute of
Mining Engineering, (May 2006)
- The Road to Success
After Maternity. By Alison Keogh and Monika Sarder, The AusIMM Bulletin,
July/August 2005. Full version
- Increasing the Diversity of
the Mining Industry Workforce – Strategies for Employers, by the WIMnet,
The AusIMM Bulletin July/August 2003.
- Diversification of the Mining
Industry Workforce - Changing the Rules, by M Keegan, C Knievel & S
Shugg, MAusIMM, Paper presented at the Youth Congress 2001.
- Women In Mining Industry.
by E J Wynn, SAusIMM, Paper presented at the Youth Congress 2001.