Committee to scrutinise future FIFO operations

FLY-IN fly-out and long-distance commuting for work in regional Queensland will be scrutinised in a Queensland parliamentary committee.

MPs will conduct an inquiry into the health impacts, particularly mental, on workers and their families from long-distance commuting and rostering practices.

The Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee will investigate what health services are provided in mining communities and the housing quality in FIFO workforce accommodation villages.

Leader of the House Stirling Hinchliffe also moved that the committee look at the extent and projected growth in FIFO work practices by region and industry.

He said the inquiry should consider the costs, benefits, structural incentives and disincentives, including tax settings, for companies choosing a FIFO workforce.

Mr Hinchliffe suggested the committee look at the effect of a 100% non-resident FIFO workforce on established communities - including community wellbeing, housing pricing and availability, and access to services and infrastructure.

The committee must report back to parliament by September 30 this year.

Topics:  fifo health mining parliamentary committee

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