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Skills & Workforce Capability: Resources sector stands together to end family and domestic violence

CME facilitates the Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) Industry Collaboration.  The collaboration, in its second year, aims to share knowledge and resources to enable all of us to play our part in responding to, eliminating, and preventing FDV.  Recognising that different organisations are at different parts of the journey, working together can help each other move in a positive direction.   

On December 10, the FDV Industry Collaboration hosted a virtual panel event, supported by the National Association of Women in Operations, to draw attention to this important issue and to show that the sector cares about the safety of their employees, both at work and at home. 

More than 100 industry participants took part in the virtual panel event, building their awareness of how to support family, friends and colleagues impacted by family and domestic violence. 

As one of the biggest employers in Western Australia, the resources sector has a responsibility to work together to raise awareness, educate our people, challenge conversations around family and domestic violence and be part of a long-term solution. 

The panel was facilitated by Brendan Brodie-Hall, General Manager Dampier Salt, Rio Tinto and panel guests included; 

  • Adam Lees, General Manager Indigenous Affairs, Woodside  
  • Greg Lilleyman, Chief Operating Officer, FMG 
  • Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Director, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre 
  • Kelda Oppermann, Chief Executive Officer, Zonta House Refuge Association 

The panel discussion centred around increasing understanding of FDV, actions we all can take to prevent FDV, what organisations can do to provide support, and the services and supports available in Western Australia.  

Building connections to the Construction Training Fund 

CME invited the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Construction Training Fund (CTF) to a forum with members in early December.  The forum provided members with the opportunity to meet Tiffany Allen and discuss the application of the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund (BCITF) Act to resources construction projects. 

Over the past two years, since regulations were amended to remove the resources sector’s exemption to paying the BCITF levy, the WA resources sector has become a major contributor to the fund.  As such, the sector is eager to ensure the application of the BCITF Act (and regulations) is agile, practical and future focused to deliver value back to the sector.  Solutions focused engagement between the CTF and the resources sector will help the CTF to address areas of key concern for industry. 

Actions identified from the forum discussion centred around clarifying the definition of construction works as they relate to resources projects, increased transparency of fund revenue and expenditure, identification of skills requirements and training opportunities supported by the fund and building genuine stakeholder relationships.  CME will continue to work with members and the CTF to deliver quality training outcomes and value back into the WA resources sector.