Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Student Looks at FIFO Living

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Student Looks at FIFO Living

Article excerpt

FOR some families it means a bigger income and more time with the kids Co but for others itCOs a recipe for mistrust, time apart and even divorce.

Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in drive-out (DIDO) rosters have been around since the 1950s, as companies and contractors struggle to source the skilled labourers needed to fill positions in regional areas.

The Argyle Diamond mine in Western Australia made history in 1985 when it became the first construction site to have a 100% fly-in fly-out workforce based from Perth.

But little is know about the effects the FIFO/DIDO roster has on families.

CQUniversity student Abby Chapman is knuckling down on a research project, which will delve into what the effects the long stints away from home can have on families working in the mining sector.

The 22-year-old is completing her fourth year of study in a psychology degree, and is using the research for her honours thesis.

C[pounds sterling]ICOm interested in finding out the relationship satisfaction and perception of family functioning from FIFO and DIDO families,C[yen] she said. …

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