fly-in fly-out workers


21 Apr 2017

The purpose of this study is to examine the regional geography of Australia's economic transition, since the mining investment boom, to identify those regions and localities that face significant challenges in successfully transitioning to a more sustainable economic base and the factors which will influence...


6 Feb 2017

Long-distance commuting between place of residence and place of work has been on the rise in Australia. It occurs when workers are unable to return home after their working day (usually due to distance), so a worker resides at the place of work for a...


15 Aug 2015

A survey of FIFO workers to canvass information relating to working conditions, redundancies, shift and roster patterns, employer support, relationships, R & R and mental health.


27 Jun 2014

Overview: The rise and rise of the mining sector and the fly in fly out worker may be paying the bills for thousands of families, but there is growing understanding of the adverse impacts on relationships.

The impact of FIFO parents on a...


20 Feb 2014

This paper summarises the emerging literature on the effect on children and family relationships of having a fly-in fly-out/drive-in drive-out FIFO/DIDO parent.

Abstract: A limited but growing amount of Australian research into fly-in fly-out (FIFO) work practices tentatively suggests that a FIFO lifestyle...


18 Nov 2013

This research, by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support (the Department), working with the Western Australia Police (WA Police) and specialist family and domestic violence crisis and support services, sought to explore the association between Fly-in/Fly-out (FIFO) work arrangements and family and domestic...


6 Nov 2013

Background: The current mining boom has brought considerable wealth throughout Australia, but the benefits are not distributed evenly. The majority of Australian mining activities are in remote locations where demand for labour usually exceeds local supply, requiring a long-distance commuting (LDC) workforce from source communities...


15 Jun 2013

This report investigated the size and distribution of the non-resident or long distance commuter workforce by industry and geography over time. While this report provides a national perspective, it is the nine sampled mining regions that form the focus of the report.


13 Feb 2013

This report looked at the advantages and disadvantages of FIFO/DIDO work practices - especially the effect on rural communities.


30 Jul 2012

This presentation looks at the context and history of the FIFO phenomenon, and relates these to neighbourhood, community and family. It argues for the need to build a sociology of communities that fosters healthy individuals and connected and supportive communities.


11 May 2012

This study provides a summary of key issues raised in prior reviews of the literature and research on the impacts of fly-in/fly-out, driveIn/drive-out (FIFO/DIDO) work practices and, where appropriate, supplement this with other recent literature found. Furthermore, given the nature of ACELG’s modus operandi, the...


15 Apr 2012

This publication examines FIFO trends in the Western Australian context, literature on the subject, new directions in FIFO integration and provides examples of current practices of PICC member companies.

Conference paper

2 Dec 2011

This paper reports on research that has been conducted in two resource boom towns, Karratha and Port Hedland, as they plan for city status. It will commence by briefly describing the research followed by contextual information about the two towns. The next section will provide...


9 Oct 2011

This submission is informed largely by our ARC Discovery research project Safeguarding Rural Australia: Addressing Masculinities and Violence in Rural Settings (2008-2011) which set out to study reasons underlying the high mortality and morbidity rates for violent related harms among men in rural Australia. We...


Busselton Chamber of Commerce and Industry submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia
6 Oct 2011

Busselton Chamber of Commerce and Industry outlines some positive impacts of FIFO workers, including the reemergence of the Busselton Regional Airport.


15 Jul 2011

There has been growing interest in the implications of paternal fly-in/fly-out employment (FIFO) for families and children. The current research had a dual aim, first to investigate children’s well-being in relation to family functioning and paternal FIFO employment characteristics and, second, to access children’s own...


15 Jun 2011

On 7 March 2011, a research team at Queensland University of Technology, led by Professor Kerry Carrington launched a study into the social impact of mining in Queensland. The study surveyed perceptions about how mining projects reliant on a non-resident workforce, are impacting on Queensland...


15 Jun 2010

This study revealed a number of individual, family, community and workplace factors that impact on individual experiences of and adaptation to the FIFO lifestyle.


Report of research findings
15 Aug 2009

This project found that FIFO employees and partners were generally no more likely to have high stress levels, poor relationship quality or poor health behaviours than DC employees or community samples.


15 Jan 2009

The purpose of this study is to recommend a suitable approach to modelling/analysing regional resource projects to ensure that the economic impacts of a FIFO versus a residential workforce are understood.



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