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 2022 the theme for taking action is #BreakTheBias. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field. At Qube we are proud to showcase the women in our organisation and celebrate their achievements.

 

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.

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.

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.

Colleen Vella

Warehouse Supervisor for Qube Energy

GO FOR IT! Don’t let anything stand in your way. The logistics industry needs a more diverse workforce, but it suffers from poor perceptions about career opportunities.
Women can overcome this by staying true to and acting from their innate strengths (e.g. creativity and collaboration) in their everyday approach to work and overcoming the inevitable obstacles. Women tend to lead from a more interactive, cooperative style which often results in strengthening the sense-of-team in employees or as we say at Great Place to Work “we are all in this together,” inspiring a higher degree of commitment to strive to achieve the business’ goals.