FIFO probe into single life

by 21 Nov 2011

A parliamentary committee is currently reviewing submissions to its inquiry into the ‘fly-in, fly-out’ (FIFO) workforce, and chair of the inquiry, Independent MP Tony Windsor has said they have no idea what the outcomes will be.

The Standing Committee on Regional Australia has been called to investigate the impacts on the mobile workforce, including concerns over “the loneliness of the FIFO bachelor”.

Among the concerns which led to the inquiry, the parliamentary committee will consider access of FIFO/DIDO (‘drive-in, drive-out’) workers to healthcare, training, the impacts on families and relationships, the cost of housing, and anti-social behaviour from workers.

A committee spokesperson assured that it had no preconceived idea of what the inquiry would find, and said “The Committee has a ‘blank sheet of paper’ – it has no pre-determined idea of what the outcomes of this inquiry will be, however, we do know that we are looking at ideas to strengthen regional Australia and for long-term strategies for economic diversification in those towns that host large FIFO/DIDO workforces.”

Windsor said the committee had received a number of submissions from mining companies, and was interested in exploring how the FIFO workforce is being managed, and gaining insight into the overall experience of FIFO workers.

The Hon Simon Crean, Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, asked the committee to specifically look into issues including:

  • the extent and projected growth of FIFO/DIDO work practices
  • the impact of FIFO/DIDO on individuals, communities and companies;
  • long-term strategies for economic diversification in towns with large FIFO/DIDO workforces;
  • provision of services, infrastructure and housing availability for FIFO/DIDO employees

The locations that the parliamentary committee will visit during its inquiry have now been announced, and Windsor said “I encourage people, businesses and organisations in these regions to have their say.”




8 December 2011

South Australia ‐ Adelaide

Public hearing to be held at the South Australian Parliament

21 ‐ 24 February 2012


Cairns, Moranbah, Mackay and Brisbane

27 ‐ 30 March 2012

Darwin/Northern Western Australia

Darwin, Port Hedland, Karratha and Broome

17 ‐ 19 April 2012

Perth/Southern Western Australia

Perth and Kalgoorlie

15 – 16 May 2012

Regional New South Wales


25 May 2012


13 – 14 June 2012


Tasmania ‐ Burnie

More information and the full terms of reference are available from the committee website.


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