New fly in, fly-out laws introduced to Qld mines
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.
FIFO LAW: Callide mine say their workers will not be affected.