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Diversity at Whitehaven Coal
We recognise the benefits of workplace diversity and inclusion, including the value they can bring to workplace efficiency, safety and productivity.
Our Indigenous Employment Strategy helps transform and empower the lives of local Indigenous people through meaningful and well-paid work. We are proud to have exceeded the ambitious goal we set back in 2015 that 10% of roles at Maules Creek would be filled by Indigenous employees, reflecting the proportion of Indigenous representation in the local community more broadly. Today, around 20% of the workforce at Maules Creek identifies as ATSI (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander). Company-wide, around 9% of our workforce identifies as ATSI.
Throughout FY20 and FY21 we introduced additional rigour in the recruitment process to focus on increased gender diversity, and as a result women represented 19% of new hires during FY21. Women represent 12% of our workforce.
We recruit and promote people based on merit and, consistent with our principles, we treat one another with respect and do not tolerate bullying, discrimination or harassment.
Find out more about a career at Whitehaven Coal here.
Coming together to support National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week saw Whitehaven Coal and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) engage in open dialogue and honest conversation, as the two groups came together to explore the shared ways in which we can contribute to a unified future.
The NSWALC is one of the largest member-based Aboriginal organisations in Australia with 119 Local Aboriginal Land Councils spread across NSW. Whitehaven was delighted to host Chairperson Roy Ah-See, Deputy Chairperson Anne Dennis and Councillor for the Northern Region Charles Lynch at our Sydney and Newcastle offices for a series of events during NRW.
Veronica leading the way for women in mining
Veronica Towndrow-Bree wants to transform the perceptions of mining amongst local young people in North West NSW. That is one of the reasons she has been named as a finalist for the Exceptional Young Woman in NSW Mining Award, one of five categories at this year’s NSW Women in Mining Awards. Ms Towndrow-Bree said she was honoured to nominated amongst an outstanding group of women who are helping increase diversity in the sector.
Workplace Gender Equality Act Reporting
Each year, Whitehaven is required to provide the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) with data relating to gender diversity in our business.
Gender diversity is only one element of diversity across our business, but it is extremely important when we look at our overall performance, our broader culture, our ability to attract highly skilled people, and our productivity. Whitehaven has now lodged its WGEA Report for 2021, available here.
You may provide written comments on the 2021 WGEA Report to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to provide comments directly to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency please refer to the WGEA website and complete the comments submission form.