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Factors Linked to the well-being of Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) workers

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Published by: The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre

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.

CITATION

Barclay, M.A., Harris, J., Everingham, J., Kirsch, P., Arend, S., Shi, S. & Kim, J. (2013) Factors linked to the well-being of Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) workers.
Research Report, CSRM and MISHC, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland: Brisbane, Australia.