Mining industry summit to promote cultural change across sector

Friday, 07 July, 2023

Mining industry summit to promote cultural change across sector

A mining industry summit will take place on 1 August 2023 to underline the state government’s commitment to drive cultural change across Western Australia’s mining sector and eliminate inappropriate behaviour from mining workplaces. The Mining Industry Summit: Driving Respect will bring together company boards, mine management, health and safety representatives, supervisors and safety professionals to educate leaders to take meaningful action on safe and respectful workplaces. The summit forms part of the state government’s response to the Enough is Enough report, published in June 2022.

Keynote speakers include former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins AO, international workplace culture expert Dr Dean Laplonge and Australian organisational behaviour and leadership development expert Professor Sharon Parker. Parker will share insights into the initial findings from the Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety (MARS) Program study.

Following consultation with industry bodies, unions, academics and community groups, the summit will provide participants with case studies from WA mining organisations, expert panel discussions, and displays from MARS Program initiatives currently underway. A number of other state government responses to the EIE Report recommendations have already been completed or are in progress. Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said the mining industry summit will help tackle workplace harassment and discrimination in the mining sector.

“While the resources sector has made significant progress on changing workplace culture, the state government acknowledges there is more work to be done. We welcome the mining industry’s commitment to work alongside the state government in driving cultural and legislative change to better educate WA’s existing and future workforce,” Johnston said.

For more information on the summit, click here.

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