New fly in, fly-out laws in­tro­duced to Qld mines

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

A LAW WAS PASSED last week the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment on leg­is­lat­ing against 100 per cent fly-in, fly out (FIFO) work­forces on large re­source projects near re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

The Strong and Sus­tain­able Re­source Com­mu­ni­ties Bill pro­hibits 100 per cent FIFO for op­er­a­tional work­forces there­fore pro­hibits dis­crim­i­na­tion in re­cruit­ment against lo­cal work­ers and en­hance the so­cial im­pact as­sess­ment process. The law af­fects large re­source projects with 100 or more work and an en­vi­ron­men­tal au­thor­ity within a 125km ra­dius of a re­gional com­mu­nity with at least 200 res­i­dents

“This first ever Bill to ad­dress FIFO strikes a bal­anced and con­sid­ered approach that will de­liver pos­i­tive so­cial and eco­nomic out­comes for re­source com­mu­ni­ties across Queens­land,” Min­is­ter for State Devel­op­ment Dr An­thony Lyn­ham said.

Dr Lyn­han said ma­jor change is the new pro­vi­sion in the Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act that will pre­vent com­pa­nies dis­crim­i­nat­ing against lo­cals in the fu­ture re­cruit­ment of work­ers and al­low FIFO work­ers to move into the lo­cal com­mu­nity if they want to. The in­de­pen­dent Co­or­di­na­tor-Gen­eral will have ad­di­tional pow­ers to ad­min­is­ter the Bill and en­force com­pli­ance.

A spokesper­son for Cal­lide Mine said the new FIFO leg­is­la­tion would have no im­pact on op­er­a­tions now or into the fu­ture.

“Cal­lide Mine has tra­di­tion­ally re­lied on the sup­port of sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties to fill mine po­si­tions and will con­tinue to do so un­der Batch­fire Re­sources’ own­er­ship,” he said.

Cal­lide Power Sta­tion would also not be af­fected as CS En­ergy ad­vised they did not use FIFO work­force.

An­glo Amer­i­can de­clined to make a com­ment in re­gards to Daw­son mine.

PHOTO: AN­DREW THORPE

FIFO LAW: Cal­lide mine say their work­ers will not be af­fected.

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