Those new laws governing FIFO work forces into the future become a reality from tomorrow.
They mean that major resource projects adjacent to nearby regional communities will no longer be able to employ 100 per cent fly-in fly-out workforces in Queensland.
Under the Act, large resource projects are those that have 100 or more workers and an environmental authority and are located within a 125-kilometre radius of a nearby regional community with at least 200 residents.
Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has initially listed 61 large resource projects – including 43 coal, 15 mineral and three liquefied natural gas projects – and listed 230 nearby regional communities associated with these projects.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick says it means some changes.
“This means any project on the list currently operating with a 100 per cent FIFO workforce now has to transition its workforce to include recruitment of workers from nearby regional communities within six months.”
“From 30 March 2018 the large resource projects listed are also prohibited from discriminating against residents of nearby regional communities in the future recruitment of workers.”
Under the legislation project owners will have to demonstrate to the Coordinator-General that their workforce and supply chain arrangements provide opportunities to build strong and sustainable resource communities.
The social impact assessment guideline requires owners of future projects to engage with local communities and stakeholders and ensure that these communities benefit from the project through employment and business opportunities.
Project owners are also required to safeguard the health and well-being of communities.