Long-Distance Commuting in Australia

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This chapter provides an introduction to this book. It explains why long-distance commuting is growing in Australia as an entrenched workforce practice. It goes on to introduce the chapter contributions of a variety of scholars whose work on different aspects of worker long-distance commuting is presented in this volume. While this book focuses on the mining industry, there are diverse workforce supply, logistical and employee preference reasons throughout Australia in a varied range of industry sectors which have contributed to why LDC arrangements exist. Consequently, the economic and social consequences of LDC are also varied and complex. The use of a non-resident workforce is now an integral part of many mining (and other workplace) operations in Australia. The use of LDC such as fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in/drive-out (DIDO) initially focused on remote locations where it was difficult to provide appropriate labour, infrastructure and services. Now however, there is increasing application of LDC for a significant component of the mining workforce who travel from urban, regional, rural and even internationally, to equally diverse locations where mining is conducted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLabour Force Mobility in the Australian Resources Industry
EditorsFiona M. Haslam McKenzie
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-10-2018-6
ISBN (Print)978-981-10-2016-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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