Women in Mining award winner breaking down barriers for the industry

Women in Mining award winner breaking down barriers for the industry

March 07, 2014

The 2014 NSW Mining Outstanding Woman of the Year is Cate Sims, a Specialist in Aboriginal Relations with Rio Tinto, awarded for working tirelessly to breakdown employment barriers and promote diversity within the NSW mining industry.

New survey: NSW women in mining want more women to forge a career in resources sector

New survey: NSW women in mining want more women to forge a career in resources sector

March 05, 2014

A new survey has found that 93% of women working in NSW mining would actively encourage more women to take up a career in the industry, including in roles operating of heavy vehicles and machinery.

NSW Women in Mining

The NSW mining industry is world class and we’re proud of the things we’re achieving like helping to build stronger communities, innovative technology, world-leading safety and new practices to reduce our impact on the environment.

One issue we want to tackle is the shortage of women employed in non-traditional roles such as engineers, geologists, surveyors and trades, to show that mining is not just welcoming to women, but needs their skills. 


From 2014, we’ll be working on some exciting gender diversity initiatives as well as engaging in diversity policies. 

We've launched our new report, NSW Women in Mining 2014: A Snapshot, in time for the 2014 NSW Women in Mining Awards Dinner.  The report includes profiles of the winners from the 2013 NSW Women in Mining Awards as well as results from the survey of women and companies in the industry we conducted in late 2013.


We host the annual NSW Women in Mining Awards to acknowledge the achievements of women in mining, including groundbreaking efforts by individuals and companies to recruit and retain women. You can find more information about the 2014 awards at the 2014 NSW Women in Mining Awards website


On March 8 2012 (International Women’s Day), we established the NSW Women in Mining Network to address this shortage and create a sustainable and productive network of women in the mining industry right across NSW.

Since its’ launch less than two years ago, the network has grown to over 500 members, seen the social media pages go from strength to strength, held regional forums and held the first NSW Women in Mining Awards. To ensure the network continues to grow and be a position to hold more regional networking events, we have combined the events arm of our network with AusIMM’s WIMnet.

The collaborated group will be known as WIMnet NSW and run by AusIMM, in partnership with the NSW Minerals Council, with the sole purpose of hosting networking events in Sydney and the regions including the Hunter Valley, Illawarra and Central West. The network is open to all women working in or with the NSW minerals industry; we particularly encourage those working in non-traditional roles to join.

Find out more about the network on Facebook; there are also similar groups for women in Western Australia and Queensland

For more information about NSW Women in Mining, contact Chrissie Clarke at cclarke@nswmining.com.au or join us on LinkedIn.