Aboriginal mine workers: Opportunities and challenges of long-distance commuting

Fiona McKenzie, Aileen Hoath

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Employment of Aboriginal people on mine sites and in other jobs which support mining activities, is a relatively recent phenomenon, largely brought about by agreements negotiated between traditional owners and mining companies. In return for access to land rich in mineral resources, companies are required to provide employment, business and other opportunities to owner groups and Aboriginal people. This chapter documents the experiences of Aboriginal people who commute from a regional location in Western Australia to mine sites a considerable distance away. For Aboriginal people, the opportunities and challenges of long-distance commuting are often amplified. This chapter discusses how a large mining company has facilitated the attraction and retention of Aboriginal employees while also addressing cultural and family needs, often at considerable distance from the workplace. Innovative practices have been developed with broader benefits beyond the mine site.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLabour Force Mobility in the Australian Resources Industry: Socio-Economic and Regional Impacts
EditorsFiona M Haslam McKenzie
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789811020186
ISBN (Print)9789811020162
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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