Women in Mining

Women make a significant contribution to the NSW mining sector

From operational and trade roles to the boardroom, we are proud of the exceptional women who work in our industry, who are often groundbreakers taking on non-traditional roles at companies for the first time.

Our member companies acknowledge the diverse workforces drive better organisations and are working to provide better, safer and more flexible workplaces for all employees. This includes implementing more flexibility in work, programs to address psycho-social risks which disproportionately impact women in our industry, and proactively working to provide women with opportunities to grow their careers including through mentoring programs.

Women in our industry are employed in non-traditional roles such as engineers, geologists, surveyors and trades. NSW mining both needs and welcomes the skills and contribution that women bring across the mining workforce.

In addition to our annual NSW Women in Mining Awards, the NSW Minerals Council is also a member and key sponsor of the Women in Resources National Awards, which recognises the exceptional women and company programs across the country.


The NSW Women in Mining Network exists to provide a productive network of women in the mining industry.

It represents the interests of women working in the NSW minerals industry and anyone can be a member, including non-AusIMM members, regardless of gender.

The NSW Women in Mining Network hosts networking events in Sydney and mining regions including the Hunter Valley, Illawarra and Central West. The network is open to all women working in or with the NSW minerals industry. Women working in non-traditional roles are particularly encouraged to join.

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


For the last decade the NSW Women in Mining Network Mentoring Program has helped women working in the NSW mining industry to develop the skills and knowledge to help them fulfil their potential and excel in their professions.

Everyone that participates is matched with an experienced industry mentor (male or female) who can share their expertise. They’re also given the opportunity to engage in training and networking activities in a structured, sustainable mentoring process.

Applications for the program typically close early in the year with the Program running annually between May and October.

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2024 NSW Women In Mining Awards

The NSW Women in Mining Awards celebrate the exceptional careers and contribution of women in the NSW industry. The Awards acknowledge the work of individuals and company programs that promote inclusion, and diversity and make our sector a better place to work.