The Australasian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), the peak body for resources professionals in Australasia, has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia (IWIMRA), an organisation representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women employed in the resources industry.
The MOU was officially signed in front of an audience of 150 resources professionals as part of AusIMM’s Thought Leadership Series in Perth last night.
At the event, AusIMM CEO, Stephen Durkin, and co-founder of IWIMRA, Florence Drummond, spoke publicly of the importance of the MOU and their commitment to working together to support the needs and grow the voice of indigenous women in the sector.
“AusIMM and IWIMRA recognise the strong participation and contribution of indigenous people to the resources workforce,” said Mr Durkin.
“By working together, we can ensure that AusIMM is supporting all resources professionals, providing ongoing opportunities for professional development.”
In 2018 AusIMM established its Council for Diversity and Inclusion, which now includes several prominent industry representatives from a diverse range of backgrounds, who have promoted, supported and advised on AusIMM’s commitment to the needs of the indigenous workforce.
The organisation states that it is currently developing, in consultation with the Council and indigenous representatives, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Plan for implementation.