The WA Government will now work with the resource industry to address issues of fly in, fly out (FIFO) jobs.

The decision comes as a response to a Parliamentary report that looks at the impact of fly in, fly out (FIFO) jobs on the mental health of resource workers.

The Government plans to work with the industry and the mental health sector to further address the issue.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the Government had carefully considered the report by the Education and Health Standing Committee.

“The health and safety of workers in the resources industry is one of the Government’s highest priorities,” Mr Marmion said.

“Mental health is a community-wide concern and any information highlighting factors influencing the incidence of mental health issues among vulnerable sections of the community is welcomed.

“We will now work with the Mining Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) and the Mental Health Commission to address the report’s recommendations.”

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton welcomed the focus on further understanding the complex factors that contributed to mental illness and suicide risk among workers.

“A strong evidence base is vital as we continue to develop effective and targeted initiatives to support mental health in workplaces and to reduce the risk of suicide across the State,” Mrs Morton said.

Mr Marmion said the Government supported 14, noted 15 and partially supported one of the report’s 30 recommendations.

“Many of the aims and objectives of the recommendations can be achieved by reviewing and strengthening existing codes of practice,” he said.

“Planning is underway on a Work Health and Safety (Resources) Bill which will provide an opportunity to address other recommendations in the report.”

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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