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2021 AusIMM Women on Boards Scholarship

Victorian women
in mining

Research continues to show each year that diverse boards lead to better outcomes for shareholders, consumers, employees and the community. Diversity leads to greater innovation and stronger bottom lines.


As the peak body for all people working in mining, AusIMM is leading the way to increasing diversity in the resources industry.


About the program

In partnership with the Victorian Government, AusIMM is pleased to announce the 2021 scholarship program as we continue to support and profile some of the many talented, hard working and capable women working in the Victorian resources industry.

The scholarship facilitates women’s career pathways towards board opportunities and for three successful applicants this means completing a program that will build their knowledge and capability in organisational governance, decision making and director duties. An exciting opportunity for the scholarship winners to prepare for board appointments within the mining industry as well as more broadly.

2021 Applications now open

Hear from our previous Scholarship winners

Sarah Callil

Director Growth and Innovation – Mining, Minerals and Metals at Worley


Receiving the Women on Boards Scholarship strengthens my capacity to engage industry. “I’ll use this platform to reinforce the importance of a diverse workforce and provide a valuable contribution to Australian organisations and our global industry”.

Tara Halliday

Principal Environmental and Social Consultant at Coffey


“The Women on Boards Scholarship will deliver greater diversity to the resource sector. “My view of the term ‘diversity’ captures gender equality/diversity, sexual diversity, racial/cultural diversity, diversity of backgrounds and ages, diversity of physical capabilities and diversity of thinking and thinking approaches. Such diversity is valuable on boards and in senior leadership positions because it has repeatedly been shown to result in significantly better decisions and better organisational performance. Diversity at the top of organisations also creates a wonderful flow-on effect (‘you can’t be what you can’t see’) or at a larger scale in a sector or community, that leads to greater equality and inclusion.”

Loretta Fallaw

Development and Approvals Manager at Donald Mineral Sands


“Seeing strong, technically astute women working in our boardrooms and holding senior positions in the mining industry will not only provide better results, but will provide an example to the next generation that women are genuinely valued and required in these roles. Diversity’s essential to ensuring proper representation in the decision-making processes of our boardrooms. Setting examples and challenging the ‘norm’ is important in making genuine, long term, ongoing change.”

Key inclusions and obligations

Scholarship inclusions

This scholarship is valued at $10,800 (all inclusive)


  • The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course Online
  • AICD Membership for 2021
  • AusIMM Membership for 2021
  • Invitation to participate in AusIMM International Women’s Day 2021
  • Featured in an article on the AusIMM Bulletin website, AusIMM’s leading source for industry news and stories.
  • Profiling with opportunities to present at AusIMM conferences or events across Australasia.
  • Facilitated introduction by AusIMM to firms operating in the sector who routinely search for board applicants.

Program dates and obligations

Successful applicants must be able to attend and adhere to the following course dates:


  • 19 November 2020
    Applications close
  • January 2021
    Mandatory pre-reading for Company Director’s Course (2 weeks)
  • 8 February—22 March 2021
    The Company Directors Course Online course
  • End of June 2021
    Company Directors Course assessment completion.

Who should apply?

AusIMM are seeking women who:
  • Formally reside or work most of the year in Victoria
  • Have 10 or more years in the resources industry
  • Work at a senior management level with direct reports
  • Women with strong technical experience strongly encouraged to apply
  • Delivered via a blended learning approach (comprising both online and offline study), it is best suited to participants who are comfortable with online learning
Emphasis will be placed on women who
  • Have a proven track record in the mining industry
  • Have the strong desire and readiness to move towards Board level participation in the industry
  • Seek to display a larger leadership role with a commitment to be an AusIMM role model for increased diversity in the industry

What to expect

  • Two weeks of pre-reading to familiarise yourself with the course materials.
  • Over five weeks, focused learning via a virtual classroom (one full day each Monday).
  • Hard and soft copy course notes, supporting videos, eLearning modules and live tutorial sessions through the AICD’s online learning platform.
  • Online discussion forums that allow you to connect and discuss the course content with fellow participants.
  • A three-month assessment period where you will be supported by a dedicated Learning Support Executive as you navigate the assessment tasks.


This scholarship is bestowed to 3 women to help kickstart the successful candidates into the next phase of their careers, providing them with the chance to represent the industry and the AusIMM at a decision-making level.

AusIMM is committed to improving diversity in the industry and fostering an inclusive culture. Diverse applicants including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are encouraged to apply.

Scholarship winners must complete and pass the AICD Company Director’s Course Online or AusIMM may request scholarship funds to be returned.


2021 Application form