International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people.

It marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality, and in 2023 the theme for taking action is #EmbraceEquity – something that rings true for us at Qube. Inclusion and equity are important to us. In fact, Inclusion is even one of the key values that underpins our plan to Thrive, because we understand that for our workplaces to be successful, diverse views and perspectives are important.

Qube understands that to foster a diverse, inclusive workforce, actions need to be taken beyond International Women’s Day. That’s why we offer a range of educational sponsorships and cadetships to boost the involvement of women and girls in our typically male-dominated industries. We also participate in school-based STEM programs to encourage younger generations to become involved in our rewarding lines of work, and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to striving for equity.


Lisa Pilling

Materials and Inventory Leading Hand

I love the warehouse environment. I didn’t want a desk job; I like to switch it up and do some physical work. It’s good fun as most males are shocked when they see a female lift heavy items. It feels empowering working in this industry that’s mainly male dominant, cause here I am! Six years in total, and I’m loving it!

I am proud of the team environment I create. I like everyone to feel safe and I want them all to love rocking up to work every day. We’re a family here and we want to help each other out, and make sure we all get home safe at the end of the day.

Shana Murray

Safety, Health and Sustainability Supervisor

I am proud of the relationships I have created with the team here at Darwin Offshore Supply Base and the broader Qube group. I am also proud of my efforts to maintain balance in the juggle of being a working mum. It is tough at times and I sometimes feel like I’m failing, but I do my best to ensure my work is completed with integrity and to a high standard.

For those women entering the workforce, I have too much to say!

  • Find what lights you up and what you feel passionate about regardless of what others think, and do your best to align your work with your
  • If you dedicate yourself, you work will be recognised based on your determination and your abilities, not because you’re a female
  • Everyone has to start somewhere so don’t get disheartened by not knowing – we learn best from mistakes and challenges
  • And last but not least, be brave and see how far you can go! See what you can get away with

Maddy Preston

Export Support Officer

I’m proud that my work here at Qube Agri has helped the company, but more importantly my fellow colleagues. A company is only as good as the team that drives it and we’ve got a pretty exceptional team that makes the job feel a little less like a job at times. I like that I’m encouraged to use my voice and form my own opinions, and I like that I’m listened to when I might disagree, or query something. 

For those young women considering entering the workforce, I’d tell them to not be worried by it, and to use it as an opportunity to make a difference. It’s important to explore industries that challenge you as they are the ones that will shape you as a person and make you a headstrong, resilient woman. However, it’s also important to go in knowing your values and self-worth and not let anyone undermine that. There is so much support out there for women and if you can’t find the right networks that relate to what you’re seeking then make your own! Strive to become a role model for other likeminded women.

Donna Wilson

SHS Advisor at Qube Ports Brisbane

I came from a manufacturing background so the logistics sector (ports) was different. It has so many facets and levels, providing a service for our customers in a variety of cargo type from containers to bulk, automotive and general cargo. You will never be bored as there are never two days the same and the dynamic nature of the work can make it a challenging and fulfilling career.

Lyndall Brett

Locomotive and Wagon Asset Coordinator

Times have definitely changed over the past 18 years from when I started in the industry. To not only other women who want to get into this industry but to my two young daughters, I’d say this: It doesn’t matter what industry you work in, everyone should work hard, do the right thing and in the end it will pay off. Someone will see your hard work and will give you opportunities to further your career no matter what it is. Surround yourself with good people, eliminate the bad and just watch, listen and learn. Then get in and give it a red hot crack.

Kelly Mottau

Road Train Operator

I would encourage females who enjoy operating machinery to enter this industry. I love to see girls getting out there and pushing boundaries. We do it so well.
I think it’s important to be prepared to work day/night shifts and standard 12-hour shifts. Working longer or extra shifts may be required at times. It’s also very important to enjoy your own company. Music, podcasts, it’s all good out here.
Open yourself to learn new skills and grab opportunities with both hands to diversify skill sets. And most importantly, when you aren’t at work remember to take time out for yourself, switch off and recharge your batteries.