FIFO a key strategy: report

THE Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) work arrangement has become a key strategy in attracting skilled workers into the Western Australian resources sector, according to a new report.

The Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) work arrangement has become a key strategy in attracting skilled workers into the Western Australian resources sector, according to a new report the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA (CME) Fly-In, Fly-Out in the Western Australian Resources Sector.

The report details the sophisticated application of FIFO practices used in resource industry operations across the State.

“The FIFO option has contributed greatly to the remarkable growth in Western Australia’s resources sector and is critical in making many remote mining operations viable”, said CME Chief Executive, Reg Howard-Smith.

“This latest report documents some of the strategies adopted by a number of resource companies in Western Australia to make FIFO a more sustainable and rewarding lifestyle for our industry employees and families” he said.

“CME member companies are responding to the issues of isolation and distance through a range of measures including providing site visits for family members, ensuring access to email and internet communication, and applying flexibility to rosters to cater for emergencies and special occasions at home.

“The report demonstrates the broad social commitment by the resources sector in committing to support both its residential and fly-in, fly-out workforces.”

“Fly-in, fly-out services also underpin the success of Western Australia’s regional aviation network. Airline and charter operations work closely with communities to enhance services to remote and regional areas and this provides additional opportunities for tourism, business and the broader community,” Howard-Smith said.

Copies of the report are available from CME or at www.cmewa.com.

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