FIFO and the development industry - UDIA hot topics presentation

Community development Mineral industries Employment Fly-in fly-out workers Labour mobility Australia

The opportunities for solutions to the complexity of FIFO will require a paradigm shift in the urban development sector. Already there are some interesting shifts occurring in the resource sector as the reality of competing for employees sets in. The reality is that there are more factors than simply dollars in the decisions that workers are taking. Things like the quality of the experience in the village, the relationship with the host community and how well the family is coping matter too.

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.

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