Women in Quarrying

Diversity in any industry is important as it encourages creativity and innovation, broadens the talent pool and is shown to improve business outcomes. Women play a major role in the sector by fulfilling in roles from HR, marketing, sales and finance to operators, engineers, geologists, environmental officers and more. There is an underrepresentation of women in the “non-traditional” roles. The IQA is working with to support and encourage women to join the industry, develop the career path of women and advance the career or upskill women already in the sector.

The IQA board saw the need to further enhance women’s involvement in, and contribution to, the extractive industry. In 2014 a group of dedicated women held the first WIQ lunch event in Queensland. This lunch event was attended by over 24 people, the majority women, and for many of the people attending it was their first IQA event. From this first lunch the IQA established the WIQ Charter and the IQA Women in Quarrying Network was born. The WIQN Committee is chaired by the IQA WIQ National Coordinator and consists of four or more State WIQ Coordinators. 

Since 2014 the WIQN has grown in strength and in numbers. WIQ conferences have been held in Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and soon to be South Australia. WIQ focuses on encouraging women in the industry to participate in IQA educational and branch events. WIQ is helping many women take their first step in professional development.

Are you a woman working in the extractive industry?
Do you work with women who would benefit from professional development?
Do you want to develop, learn and grow your career?
Do you want to network with other people in the industry?

If you answered yes to any of the above the IQA and the WIQN will benefit you. For more information Contact Us .


Our Purpose:

To promote networking amongst women within the extractive industry and to encourage and create opportunities for personal and professional development.

Our Goals:
  • Acknowledge and celebrate women’s contribution to the extractive industry
  • Create a platform to further enhance women’s involvement in and contribution to the extractive industry; and
  • Provide the opportunity for anyone in the industry to connect, network and share experiences.

IQA Women in Quarrying Network National Coordinator

Tegan Smith
m: +61 402 038 721
e: tsmith@groundwork.com.au

IQA Women in Quarrying Network North Queensland Coordinator
Greg Green
m: +61 477 377 551
e: ggreen@cammquarries.com.au

IQA Women in Quarrying Network Queensland Coordinator
Karen Normanton
m: +61 427 943 521
e: karen.normanton@orica.com

IQA Women in Quarrying Network New South Wales Coordinator
Natalie Hansen
m: 0429 791 245
e: natalie.hansen@lafargeholcim.com

IQA Women in Quarrying Network Victoria Coordinator
Catherine Wood
m: 0401 897 003
e: Catherine.Wood@boral.com.au

IQA Women in Quarrying Network Western Australia Coordinator
Melissa Zadra
p: 08 9550 6388
m: 0447 888028
e: melissa@888cse.com.au

Upcoming WIQ Events

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The NSW Women in Quarrying (WIQ) Conference is scheduled to occur in March 2020.  Please check back closer to the date for further details.

When: March 1, 2020
Where: NSW
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The Queensland Women in Quarrying (WIQ) Conference ,is scheduled to occur in March 2020.  Please check back closer to the date for further details.

When: March 26, 2020
Where: Brisbane, QLD
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More details to follow. Expected to be held in May 2020. Check back closer to the date.

When: May 22, 2020
Where: Perth, WA

WIQ News

2019 WIQ QLD Conference A great Success

Posted on 3/29/2019
The 2019 Annual QLD Women in Quarrying Conference was a great success. All up 87 delegates enjoyed speakers from a range of companies and backgrounds on topics including...