Survey shows satisfaction of QLD miners

A survey of resource industry and mining FIFO workers in Queensland has showed high levels of satisfaction with workplace accommodation and transport arrangements.

Conducted by industry lobby group Queensland Resources Council, the survey took anonymous responses from 1832 workers in Queensland.

Around 66 per cent of respondents were employed under FIFO arrangements, while the remainder were employed in residential roles.

QRC chief executive Michael Roche said 82 per cent of those surveyed indicated they would not want to change their accommodation arrangements.

"Workers living residentially, close to mines for example, are very happy with that arrangement," Roche said.

"But equally workers who undertake long distance commuting by car, bus or plane are equally committed to their arrangements."

17.4 per cent of workers said that they did want to change their accommodation arrangements.

“What we see from this survey conducted by URS Australia is that the majority of Queensland resource sector workers are happy with their current arrangement either to live either in towns with proximity to their work or live further away and commute by car, bus or plane,” Roche said.

“But the important message from workers is that they want to have the choice and they don’t want that choice taken away from them.

“There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to worker accommodation.

“The concern of the industry is if that choice of accommodation was taken away, the resources sector would lose access to a considerable proportion of its skilled workforce.”

The results of the survey will be submitted to the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into fly-in, fly-out work practices.

The survey included questions which asked respondents to self-assess their mental health, returning statistics of 16.8 per cent of residential workers saying their mental health was “excellent” while 15.5 per cent of non-residential workers said the same.

Nearly 15 per cent of non-residential workers rated their mental health as poor to fair, while 16.6 per cent of residential workers said the same.

The published QRC report has not documented any information about the different roster compressions worked by respondents, however Australian Mining has asked QRC if that information was taken in the survey.

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