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Women in male-dominated industries: A toolkit of strategies

Sex Discrimination
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Women in male-dominated industries: A toolkit of strategies

This toolkit is designed to assist leaders in organisations to develop and implement constructive and sustainable strategies to increase the representation of women in non-traditional roles in male-dominated industries. It provides practical suggestions and examples of different kinds of workplace strategies and mechanisms across four areas of: attraction, recruitment, retention and development of women.

These examples have been drawn from current practice both within Australia and internationally and through desk based research, interviews and roundtables with employees, HR practitioners and leaders from organisations in the mining, construction and utilities industries. Not all strategies and mechanisms will suit all organisations or workplaces. Organisations will need to consider what is appropriate for their workplace, staff and business needs.






Video message on the toolkit from Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission.

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The Australian Human Rights Commission acknowledges the generous contribution of the Office for Women in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs for funding this research project.