Our award-winning ‘Oothungs (Sisters) in Mining’ training program for Indigenous women continues to yield results, with 14 Indigenous women successfully graduating from the program over the past six years.

The Oothungs in Mining program is aimed at maximising employment opportunities for disadvantaged Indigenous women in Central Queensland and beyond while increasing the number of women in the male-dominated resources sector.

Trainees undertake a three-week pre-employment program to kick start careers as trainee-haul truck operators before commencing a two-year traineeship in the nationally recognised Certificate II in Surface Extraction Mine Operations.

In addition participants receive mentoring and help with setting goals, negotiation skills, nutrition and managing money.

Initiatives such as the Oothungs in Mining Program are essential to providing skills development in tough economic times and, importantly, they pave the way for a new generation of operators and future Supervisors at our mine sites to ensure a sustainable future.

An additional intake has been approved for this financial year.