Australia’s first legislation banning 100 per cent fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workforces at large resource projects will continue after a review confirmed its benefits for Queensland communities.
Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the review found the state’s Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act 2017 (SSRC Act) is on track to create more local jobs and economic growth for regional communities.
“The review focused on assessing the key elements of the Act – prohibition of 100 per cent FIFO workforces and fair job access for locals,” Miles said.
“It found the legislative ban on 100 per cent FIFO workforces has so far been successfully applied to 71 large resource projects.
“Stakeholders have reported that positive benefits are already flowing to local communities thanks to the 100 per cent FIFO prohibition and there have been no complaints of employment discrimination.”
Minister for Resources Scott Stewart said the review was based on extensive engagement with stakeholders directly affected by the Act, including the resource industry, local government, peak industry bodies, unions, local businesses, service providers and state government agencies.
“A key part of Queensland’s economic recovery is creating and protecting jobs in regional Queensland,” Stewart said.
“The legislation commenced in March 2018 and we committed to reviewing its effectiveness within three years of its implementation to make sure the Act is benefitting Queensland communities as intended.
“There are now 297 communities protected by the legislation.
“As part of the review, stakeholders reported the Act sets out a clear legislative framework and does not impose significant costs on the resource industry.”
In September, a consortium of local government authorities from around Australia called for regional housing support in response to the issues of housing affordability and living costs in Australia’s mining communities.
The More Than Mining campaign calls on the Federal Government to create a regional tax incentive to drive regional relocation, slow population churn and smooth out the volatility of house prices.
The proposal calls on Government to support residents with the same Fringe Benefits Tax concessions as they provide to the big mining companies.
According to the consortium, residents in regional mining communities receive less incentives to pay for housing than companies who operate in these towns.
The proposed policy will not change the benefits to mining companies, but rather extend them to individual residents.