PRELIMINARY FINDINGS ON THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE LONG DISTANCE COMMUTING WORKFORCE IN THE AUSTRALIAN RESOURCES INDUSTRY

World Mining Congress
Mineral resource development activities impact the health and well-being of many people, from workers, to families and surrounding communities. In the decade up to 2010, mining revenues increased from 6% to 14% of Australian GDP, and minerals contributed 55% of total exports, with a growth in mining employment from 1% to 1.7% of the national workforce (Connolly and Orsmund, 2011). The growth in Australia’s minerals operations is mostly located in remote areas, or in rural communities with a limited population. As a result, operations have increasingly implemented long distance commuting (LDC) programs, often called ‘fly-in, fly-out’ (FIFO) and ‘drive-in, drive-out’ (DIDO), as a staffing strategy to meet rapid industry growth in locations with limited local populations.
Keywords: Australia; mining; Survey; Surveys; Mine; Mines; Health; Cycles;
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