Report says FIFO damaging regional communities – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

“”For me it’s about ensuring regional communities survive, I know full well that FIFO is here to stay and there are projects that just simply would not survive without fly-in fly-out workers,””
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House of Representatives Committees – Parliament of Australia

“Inquiry into the use of ‘fly-in, fly-out’ (FIFO) workforce practices in regional Australia”

Link to the full 2013 parliamentary report – 6 chapters in report.
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“The Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation and remote community non-profit group Ninti One are claiming the first major study to investigate what happens to the communities that supply remote workforces as opposed to the host communities such as mining towns.”
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Most FIFO families cope well – The West Australian

“Communities where many fly-in, fly-out workers live are not getting the full benefits of the resources boom when they return home, a new report says.

Groundbreaking WA research also says long distance commuting does not necessarily cause drug and alcohol abuse, marriage break-ups or domestic violence but can aggravate them.”

This was a Curtin University study authored by Fiona McKenzie.
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Research Professional – Mine commuters put pressure on WA rural towns

“Australia’s mining boom is delivering few social or economic benefits for the rural towns in Western Australia that provide mine labour, according to a Cooperative Research Centre report.”

This report would be useful when looking at the economic and social impacts of FIFO.
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Australian Scholarships Group : ASG Student Social and Emotional Health Report

This report uses student surveys that might inform the FIFO study.

The ASG Student Social and Emotional Health Report has unveiled groundbreaking findings into the social and emotional health of more than 10,000 Australian students from the early years of schooling to senior secondary school levels.

In 2007, the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) commissioned and funded the ASG Student Social and Emotional Health Report as part of its ongoing contribution to supporting children’s education. It shows the methodology, key findings, recommendations and actions that parents and educators can undertake to help improve student social and emotional well-being (the authors use the term “social and emotional well-being” as a synonym for the term “social and emotional health”).

International researcher Professor Michael E Bernard, from the Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne, co-authored the report in conjunction with Andrew Stephanou and Daniel Urbach from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).
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Factors Linked to the well-being of Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) workers – Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining

UQ study: “This report contains the findings from a research project aiming to identify factors linked to the retention and well-being of FIFO workers in the resources sector.

The study included a survey of 286 FIFO workers currently employed in the resources sector in Australia. This study is quite unique for the sector in that 70% of respondents held a university degree and 40% were female. The study confirms previous research findings into FIFO work forces and also provides unique insights into the challenges that managerial workers face.

A key finding from that study was that FIFO workers require personal space and opportunities for private communication with family and friends in order to maximise their sense of well-being at work. Private rooms and good internet connections were sought after facilities at accommodation camps.”
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