Much of the research and commentary on fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) workforce practices focuses on workers who are resident in cities and commute to remote areas. Yet FIFO workers are not drawn solely from cities, with rural and regional communities also providing labour for remote operations. Indeed, the economies, demography and sociocultural characteristics of these communities, many of which have historically been based on industries such as agriculture and tourism , are being reshaped through extended spatial linkages created by FIFO workforce practices. This paper considers the residents’ perceptions of the implications of hosting a FIFO workforce on these non-mining rural communities and regional centres. Drawing on a Q-sort methodology, it examines how residents in three rural communities view the opportunities and challenges associated with this ‘at-a-distance’ engagement with the resource boom. It concludes by considering the regional development policy and planning implications associated with these emerging forms of commuting interdependencies.
|Title of host publication||Labour Force Mobility in the Australian Resources Industry|
|Subtitle of host publication||Socio-Economic and Regional Impacts|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|