The IQA Women In Quarrying Network

Diversity in any industry is important as it encourages creativity and innovation, broadens the talent pool and is shown to improve business outcomes. Women play a major role in the sector by fulfilling in roles from HR, marketing, sales and finance to operators, engineers, geologists, environmental officers and more. There is an underrepresentation of women in the “non-traditional” roles. The IQA is working with to support and encourage women to join the industry, develop the career path of women and advance the career or upskill women already in the sector.

The IQA board saw the need to further enhance women’s involvement in, and contribution to, the extractive industry. In 2014 a group of dedicated women held the first WIQ lunch event in Queensland. This lunch event was attended by over 24 people, the majority women, and for many of the people attending it was their first IQA event. From this first lunch the IQA established the WIQ Charter and the IQA Women in Quarrying Network was born. The WIQN Committee is chaired by the IQA WIQ National Coordinator and consists of four or more State WIQ Coordinators. 

Since 2014 the WIQN has grown in strength and in numbers. WIQ conferences have been held in Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and soon to be South Australia. WIQ focuses on encouraging women in the industry to participate in IQA educational and branch events. WIQ is helping many women take their first step in professional development.

Are you a woman working in the extractive industry?
Do you work with women who would benefit from professional development?
Do you want to develop, learn and grow your career?
Do you want to network with other people in the industry?

If you answered yes to any of the above the IQA and the WIQN will benefit you. For more information Contact Us

Our Purpose: To promote networking amongst women within the extractive industry and to encourage and create opportunities for personal and professional development.

Our Goals

  1. Acknowledge and celebrate women’s contribution to the extractive industry
  2. Create a platform to further enhance women’s involvement in and contribution to the extractive industry; and
  3. Provide the opportunity for anyone in the industry to connect, network and share experiences.

IQA Women in Quarrying Network National Coordinator
Tegan Smith
m: +61 402 038 721

IQA Women in Quarrying Network North Queensland Coordinator
Position to be filled

IQA Women in Quarrying Network Queensland Coordinator
Karen Normanton
m: +61 427 943 521

IQA Women in Quarrying Network New South Wales Coordinator
Natalie Hansen
m: 0429 791 245

IQA Women in Quarrying Network Victoria Coordinator
Jo Murray
m: 0438 851 634

IQA Women in Quarrying Network Tasmania Coordinator
Marie McDonald
m: 0411 484 592

IQA Women in Quarrying Network Western Australia Coordinator
Melissa Zadra
p: 08 9550 6388
m: 0447 888028

IQA Women in Quarrying Network SA Coordinator 
Sarah Bellman
m: 0417 592 276


DOWNLOAD the IQA Women In Quarrying Network ‘WIQN’- Committee Charter HERE