Challenging Mining Workforce Practices : Implications for Frontline Rural Communities

McIntosh, Alison & Carrington, Kerry (2014) Challenging Mining Workforce Practices : Implications for Frontline Rural Communities. In Dufty-Jones, Rae & Connell, John (Eds.) Rural Change in Australia : Population, Economy, Environment. Ashgate, Surrey, England, pp. 127-149.

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Global demand for minerals and energy products has fuelled Australia’s recent ‘resources boom’ and led to the rapid expansion of mining projects not solely in remote regions but increasingly in long-settled traditionally agriculture-dependent rural areas. Not only has this activity radically changed the economic geography of the nation but a fundamental shift has also occurred to accommodate the acceleration in industry labour demands. In particular, the rush to mine has seen the entrenchment of workforce arrangements largely dependent on fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) and drive–in, drive–out (DIDO) workers. This form of employment has been highly contentious in rural communities at the frontline of resource sector activities.

In the context of structural sweeping changes, the selection of study locations informed by a range of indices of violence. Serendipitously we carried out fieldwork in communities undergoing rapid change as a result of expanding resource sector activities. The presence of large numbers of non-resident FIFO and DIDO workers was transforming these frontline communities. This chapter highlights some implications of these changes, drawing upon one particular location, which historically depended on agriculture but has undergone redefinition through mining.

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ID Code: 55573
Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 9781409452058
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Please consult the authors
Copyright Statement: Rae Dufty-Jones and John Connell have asserted their right under the Copyright, Design and Petents Act, 1988, to be identified as the editors of this work.
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2014 00:04
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 04:00

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