‘fly-in, fly-out’ Not Working For Young People

‘fly-in, fly-out’ (FIFO) workforce practices are well known in the mining industry, termed the ‘modern day gold rush’. But what you don’t often hear about is the other industries that utilise the FIFO model for service delivery in rural and remote Australia. There are 1,120,000 young people who live in regional, rural and remote Australia, and they are a vulnerable population, suffering compounded circumstances of disadvantage and poverty.

In some communities FIFO workforces have been a crucial element in the provision of relevant services to young people, but the effectiveness of FIFO service provision to young people is seriously diminished by the lack of practices that research shows to be essential when working with young people. A huge gap exists therefore, which has been uncovered in the recent report into youth suicides in the Northern Territory, Gone Too Soon, highlighting the devastating consequences of a population without access to the same services and support found in metro areas.

In May 2012 AYAC will be calling on Government to recognise the significant gaps faced by young people in rural and remote Australia in regards to appropriate and relevant services, and urges Government work with the community sector to begin to assess and improve support service delivery for young people, rather than continuing to use models, such as FIFO, that are costly and ineffective.

AYAC believe that all young people have the right to access adequate and appropriate programs and services regardless of geographic location, race, gender, sexuality, physical ability or disability, social, religious or economic circumstance.

View our submission here – Inquiry into the use of ‘fly- in, fly-out’ workforce practices in regional Australia (PDF)