Diversity & Inclusion Award

The AMMA Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises an organisation leading the way in developing a diverse and inclusive workforce through strategies, programs, policies and practices.

Nominating organisations will have developed strategies to increase the diversity of their resource and energy industry workforce, which has directly enhanced the success and culture of the organisation.

Nominees organisations must be an employer of a resource-related company at both the time of application and award presentation.

Award nominations should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • 200 words on the opportunity/challenge identified by the organisation;
  • 300 words on developing and implementing the solution(s); and
  • 200 words on the outcome(s) and success metrics.

For more information please contact AMMA’s Events Manager Gail Gifford at [email protected] or on 07 3210 0313.

Diversity & Inclusion Award Past Recipients

2019 | Fortescue Metals Group
Judges were impressed with the success of Fortescue’s Vocational Training & Employment Centre, which has gone from strength-to-strength, which has assisted in Aboriginal people now making up 13 per cent of the company’s Australian workforce. The program is delivering an ongoing employment pipeline for Aboriginal people, focussing on breaking down barriers to entering the workforce and achieving their career goals. The revolutionary program has grown from an office in South Headland to a national network supported by government, and for many participants, changed lives through employment.
2018 | St Barbara
The Australian Women in Resources Alliance Award recognises an organisation that has developed innovative or highly effective strategies to increase women’s participation in the resource industry workforce which has directly enhanced the success of the organisation. St Barbara developed a diversity strategy that incorporated key objectives relating to gender composition, pay equity, return to work, data analysis, reporting and attraction. St Barbara has been honoured to receive the Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice citation each year from 2014 to 2018 and is currently the only mining company in Australia to be awarded this recognition. Among a number of successes in gender diversity, St Barbara has increased the number of women in its overall workforce to 24% in 2018, and women in its corporate offices increased from 34% in 2010 to 48% in 2018.
2017 | Fortescue Metals Group
Fortescue Metals Group won the prestigious AWRA – Australian Women in Resources Alliance Award for its diversity initiatives which signal a positive step in addressing the inequality for women in the resources and energy sector workplaces. The award reflects Fortescue’s focus on providing practical solutions to ensure women can grow professionally and have the support and flexibility to have a career and family. The company is making a real difference by creating a welcoming, supportive and encouraging environment for women.
2016 | ARTC
As part of an organisational transformation program, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) aimed to improve a female workforce participation rate that had stagnated at 17% in 2015. As part of this strategy, the company gained permission from the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board to allocate 14 entry level positions to females. Whereas past recruitment efforts had failed to attract female candidates, a new comprehensive recruitment campaign involving print, online media and social media led to 200 women attending an information session and over 900 job applications. In just over a year, the ARTC has increased female workforce participation to 19%. Furthermore, women’s participation in non-traditional roles based in the Hunter Valley have increased from just over 1% to almost 10%. The company’s culture now also supports diversity, with the introduction of unconscious bias training, female uniforms and flexible work options. The ARTC is now working towards 25% female participation by 2019.
2015 | Joint winner: SMIT Lamnalco
Operating in the male-dominated offshore oil and gas sector, Smit Lamnalco was awarded for prioritising gender diversity, particularly in management positions where female participation has increased from zero to 40%.
2015 | Joint winner: Santos
Santos is addressing the gender superannuation gap with the launch of its ‘Superannuation Top Up’ initiative, with female employees receiving employer-paid superannuation while on unpaid parental leave and gain access to valuable financial planning information.
2014 | Thiess
The Australian Women in Resources Alliance Award, celebrating proactive initiatives to improve gender diversity in the resource industry, was awarded to Thiess for its Women in Mining Strategy. Acknowledging the efforts of the Thiess People and Capability team in successful delivery of diversity programs, driving a culture of inclusive excellence at Thiess.

2013 | Oz Minerals
South Australian copper-gold miner OZ Minerals took out the 2013 AWRA Award, with the judging panel recognising OZ Minerals’ initiatives to achieve 25% female participation at all levels in the organisation. OZ Minerals ensures diversity is directly measured as part of overall company performance and provides strategic training and development opportunities to enable women to achieve their career aspirations.