What is FIFO?
Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) or Drive in Drive out (DIDO) is a workforce model that enables workers to commute to remote or regional areas for work and enables resources sector companies to source skilled labour from a broader pool.
FIFO, or Long Distance Commuting (LDC), is a well-established work practice in Australia, with many workers from a broad variety of industries commuting to workplaces across the country.
In a resources sector context, operations are often located in remote and regional areas where access to a stable source of skilled labour is a challenge. In many cases, resources sector companies encourage their employees to relocate to regional areas near resources sector operations, however increasingly companies are looking at complementary mechanisms to source skilled labour, including relocation and long distance commuting.
While FIFO offers many lifestyle benefits for workers, some people do prefer the lifestyle afforded through residential roles, which means living near their workplace. Choosing between a residential or FIFO mining jobs is a personal choice and this is why the resources sector offers a range of living and work arrangements for its workforce.
FIFO jobs arrangements are based on a variety of rosters, some common rosters being 2 weeks on, 1 week off, 8 days on 6 days off or even 4 days on and 3 days off, while some rosters are 3-4 weeks away and 1 week back. Workers are typically expected to work a 12-hour shift on site.
While on site workers will stay in fully equipped, comfortable accommodation provided by their company and will receive access to a range of recreational facilities, such as gyms, tennis courts, pools and volleyball courts.
Benefits of FIFO mining jobs include:
- Greater work life balance;
- Higher salary rates - companies will factor in travel allowances into salary rates; and
- FIFO means living in a preferred location, such as major city centre, instead of relocating for a position.
While there are many benefits associated with FIFO jobs, it is very much a personal, lifestyle choice, and therefore, before accepting a FIFO position, workers should consult and talk it through with their families and loved ones.
For more information on whether FIFO is for you, please read the Queensland Resources Council's new guide for FIFO and DIDO workers.
FIFO arrangements are based on a variety of rosters, some common rosters being 2 weeks on, 1 week off, 8 days on 6 days off or even 4 days on and 3 days off.