The Bamboo Flexible Work Program, established over four years ago at BHP’s Newman Operations, is a successful residential gender diversity initiative with the primary aim of attracting and retaining women in non-traditional roles, specifically in haul truck operations. The program addresses operational challenges by offering flexible work options with reduced hours.
Bamboo’s impact is evident in increased productivity, reduced shift change and meal break delays, and improved equipment utilisation. The initiative has evolved beyond truck operations, with team members now being multi-skilled across various production roles. The program’s success is demonstrated by an 85% female participation rate and a 25% Indigenous Employee participation rate within the Bamboo team.
Newman Operations has experienced increases in female workforce participation, from 26.5% in FY21 to 34.7% in FY24, and the Bamboo initiative contributes to diversity by providing entry-level pathways for women in mining and fostering a supportive work environment. The program’s longevity and adaptability to other residential locations highlight its success. Bamboo not only enhances workforce diversity but also serves as a model for social responsibility, offering flexible career opportunities and support for employees.