In 2017, the BHP Perth office established a creche and two family-friendly workspaces, with the intention of providing emergency and adhoc care to parents when their regular childcare arrangements fell through. The concept proved so popular that it was expanded to Newman, where BHP has significant operations and where childcare facilities previously available to the community were limited.
The Perth facility has now been used by more than 400 families, who had made more than 2,700 bookings by the end of October 2020 – more than 40 per cent made by males, in a sign of increased shared caring responsibilities that enable women to return to work. In Newman, the facility has been used by 80 families making more than 300 bookings, with 60 per cent of those coming from the wider community.
In March 2021, the BHP Office Creche & Family Friendly Workspaces project was announced as the Women In Resources Awards Outstanding Company Initiative.