26 September 2023

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The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions’ Earth Resources branch has launched the third round of a targeted program aimed at boosting female participation on Boards.

Earth Resources said the third round of the AusIMM Women on Boards Scholarship program, part of its Prospects Partnership with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), aimed to increase the number of women with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) knowledge sitting on mining and resources Boards.

“The Prospects Partnership focuses on retaining women with science and technical backgrounds in the resources sector,” Earth Resources said.

“With a boom in minerals exploration, record high-grade gold production at Victoria’s largest mine at Fosterville and Victoria’s innovative METS sector, the leadership opportunities for women across the resources sector are even more promising,” it said.

“Minerals exploration expenditure, a measure of industry confidence and a precursor to future investment, is at a record high, increasing 136 per cent from 2018-19.”

Earth Resources said that according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Victorian minerals activity showed no sign of slowing down.

It said applications for the Scholarship Program were open until 20 July.

Further information on the Program, including how to apply, can be accessed on AusIMM’s website at this PS News link.

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