A recent survey of 2000 fly in fly out miners has knocked back claims that it causes strains that cause them to leave the industry after a few years.
Queensland Resources Council head Michael Roche said the survey found that more than 60% of the state’s survey respondents had spent over five years or more in the industry, the Daily Mercury reported.
That is regardless of whether they live locally or commute as a FIFO or DIDO (drive-in drive-out) worker," Roche said at the Brisbane FIFO inquiry hearing.
"This finding alone raises a big question over anecdotal academic commentary that people who work FIFO rosters struggle with the emotional strain for two years and then leave the industry."
Roche went on to say that only one in ten non-residential workers would consider buying a house close to work, with 90% stating a preference for living on the coast.
"Moreover, the majority of these people say that they have accepted their current position because their preferred residential arrangements were available.
"If there was not an accommodation choice, significantly fewer people would be choosing to work in the resources sector."
He went on to say that FIFO is integral to the future of the country, adding that mining will need an extra 40 000 workers by 2020.
Roche said that with FIFO and drive in drive out, these positions are unlikely to be filled.
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