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 focus is on the impact of FIFO/DIDO work practices on local government.
The scoping study was undertaken in several steps:
A brief literature review to update and supplement the work undertaken by Western Australian Local Government Association in September 2010;
A review of the fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) work practices submissions by local governments and other local government sector stakeholders to the Standing Committee on Regional Australia;
Discussions with a small number of local government sector representatives with an interest in the FIFO issue and its impact on local government (including WALGA, LGAQ and the Pilbara Regional Council);
Input from members of ACELG’s rural-remote and Indigenous local government reference group on the possible role of ACELG on the FIFO issue; and
With the assistance of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), input was sought from the Queensland resource communities councils on key areas that future research could focus in relation to the impact of FIFO/DIDO work practices on local government and its operations should ACELG take on a role in this space.
This approach aimed to identify potential gaps in the literature and our understanding of the impacts of FIFO/DIDO work practices specifically within the local government context, around which ACELG might play a role. A synthesis of the findings from the information garnered from these different sources formed the basis for the recommendations contained in this report.