New OESR data confirm huge increase in FIFO & DIDO workers in Bowen Basin

New OESR survey data confirm the huge increase in fly in-fly out (FIFO) and drive in-drive out (DIDO) work arrangements in the Queensland resources sector. Here’s a chart based on the excellent new report from OESR Bowen and Galilee Basins Population Report, 2011:

OESR notes that the big jump in non-resident workers in 2011 was, in part, due to the reconstruction effort:

The estimated number of non‐resident workers on‐shift in the Bowen Basin grew from 14,610 in 2010 to 20,520 in 2011, an increase of 5,910 people or 40 per cent. This represents the largest single year increase recorded since annual data collections began in 2006, and takes the non‐resident worker population of the Bowen Basin to over 20,000 for the first time.

Factors contributing to this growth include the scale of recovery work associated with floods in late 2010 and early 2011, increased efforts to return to full production following flooding, and the construction and expansion of existing mines and related projects. The non‐resident population was also boosted by workers involved in the construction of mining related infrastructure, such as the Northern Missing Link rail project, and independent contractors who service mining operations.

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