This report contains the findings from a research project aiming to identify factors linked to the retention and well-being of FIFO workers in the resources sector.

The study included a survey of 286 FIFO workers currently employed in the resources sector in Australia. This study is quite unique for the sector in that 70% of respondents held a university degree and 40% were female. The study confirms previous research findings into FIFO work forces and also provides unique insights into the challenges that managerial workers face. A key finding from that study was that FIFO workers require personal space and opportunities for private communication with family and friends in order to maximise their sense of well-being at work. Private rooms and good internet connections were sought after facilities at accommodation camps.

What is FIFO?

FIFO work arrangements can be defined as involving employees whose permanent place of residence is beyond daily commuting range of their work site. Employees typically work blocks of shift work on a rotational basis, with a regular roster at the workplace alternating with intervals of rest at home. FIFO workers are provided with transport to and from their work site for the duration of a 'swing', i.e. the block of days when they are 'on roster', and also with food and accommodation. This accommodation is located at or near the work site and most often takes the form of single-person quarters in work 'camps' or 'villages'.

Language: English

Publisher: The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre

Region: Australia

Type: Report


Barclay, M.A., Harris, J., Everingham, J., Kirsch, P., Arend, S., Shi, S. & Kim, J. (2013) Factors linked to the well-being of Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) workers.
Research Report, CSRM and MISHC, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland: Brisbane, Australia.

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Factors linked to the well-being of fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers

Factors linked to the well-being of fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers