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Fly-In, Fly-Out to bring job opportunities in resources sector

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

Australians looking to work in the resources sector will benefit from an expansion of the Gillard Government’s Fly-In, Fly-Out pilot announced by Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, today.

Senator Evans said the Government would appoint new Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) coordinators in four priority regions to be determined in consultation with state jurisdictions and industry, in addition to the Cairns pilot announced earlier this year.

“FIFO coordinators will develop links between mining, construction and infrastructure projects in remote locations and skilled workers in order to capitalise on the fly-in, fly-out job opportunities in our growing resources and infrastructure industries,” Senator Evans said.

“Coordinators will have responsibility for establishing training and employment pathways, not only for skilled workers, but also for unemployed job seekers looking to work in the industry, as well as linking mining companies with airline and airport services to facilitate FIFO workers.

“Coordinators will also work with local Job Services Australia providers, training organisations and employers operating in remote parts of Australia to ensure job seekers have the skills they need to work in FIFO arrangements.”

The FIFO coordinator pilot was one of the recommendations of the National Resource Sector Workforce Strategy. The Cairns pilot program included an industry body working in partnership with a local organisation to forge local and national relationships to assist in connecting job seekers to resources jobs at remote sites.

Senator Evans said implementation of the program would be shared between industry and State and Commonwealth Governments.

“The FIFO coordinators program is part of the Government’s effort to keep pace with the demand for skilled workers, and help communities undergoing structural change,” he said.

“The best way to do that is in partnership with industry.

“This role will be pivotal to placing skilled workers in booming industries for fly-in, fly-out work opportunities.”

The Gillard Government, in partnership with business and union leaders in the resources sector, has also established the Resources Advisory Council to develop a multi-faceted approach to the challenge of productivity, skills and labour supply.

“Many of the challenges the sector is currently facing relate to employment,” Senator Evans said.

“The Resources Advisory Council will include key business, employers and unions from the resources industry, representing the common interest and shared responsibility in initiatives and strategies to ensure sustained growth in this vital sector.”