According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, as of June 30, 2018, women comprised 16.7% of the mining sector, up from 16.1% in 2017 and 15.7% in 2014.
That still makes mining the industry with the lowest proportion of females overall.
The level of women in management rose from 14% in 2014 to 17.2% in FY18, while more significantly, the number of CEOs jumped from 2.7% to 7.5% over the same period.
The gender pay gap in mining fell to 14%, from 14.7%, the seventh-lowest out of 19 industries, while the base salary full-time pay gap in mining was just 10.6%, down from 11.3%.
At board level, Fortescue Metals Group continues to set an example for corporate Australia, with over half of its directors being female. CEO Elizabeth Gaines said the company had seen its female participation in the December half increase to 18%, including 24% in senior management positions.