As the mining and resource sector continues to boom, Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDA WBB) today announced a major new initiative to help boost employment opportunities in the sector for the Wide Bay Burnett community.

As part of a State and Federal jointly funded program, a Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) Coordinator will be appointed to link job seekers in the Wide Bay Burnett region with resource companies in remote mining areas needing  skilled workers. This project is a shared responsibility between the State Government through Skilling Queenslanders for Work and Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett.
The two year project is a key outcome of the National Resource Sector Workforce Strategy, launched in 2011 by the Commonwealth Government. Executive Officer of RDA WBB, Paul Massingham, said the new role would be a significant boost to the region’s employment landscape and future economic prosperity.
“ Opportunities  in the resource sector are there for the taking but the challenge is to link employers operating in remote areas with suitable workers in high available labour areas such as the Wide Bay Burnett.
This new role is exciting for our region and will primarily work with employers in the Bowen, Surat and Galilee Basin areas as well as Gladstone to connect job seekers with the right training pathways to prepare them for a future in the resource sector.”
Mr Massingham acknowledged the support of the Hon. Chris Evans, Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations and the Hon. John-Paul Langbroek, Queensland Minister for Education, Training and Employment in delivering the initiative.
Minister Evans said, “The Wide Bay Burnett FIFO coordinator will attract, train and connect suitable workers to jobs on mining, construction and infrastructure projects – and this will include working with airlines to help workers commute to remote locations.

Industry is at the very heart of the program – they are getting the workers they need and Australians are getting an opportunity to participate in the mining boom,” Minister Evans said.
“The Newman Government is committed to growing a four pillar economy in Queensland by focusing on tourism, construction, resources and agriculture in order to reach our target of four per cent unemployment in six years,” Minister Langbroek said.

“The FIFO coordinator will help boost two of these pillars by linking jobseekers with employment and training opportunities in the resource and construction sectors.

“We believe that people should have a choice about where they live and work and while a fly-in-fly-out arrangement is not suitable for everyone, it can provide great outcomes for areas with high unemployment.”
Mr Langbroek commented that the Wide Bay Burnett was chosen because of the potential workforce and air services.

“This announcement strongly supports recommendations outlined in the RDA WBB’s Resource Sector Opportunity Study 2011 and provides a critical platform to help move our strategies for job creation forward” Mr Massingham said.
The Wide Bay Burnett FIFO Coordinator will work closely with major resource companies to identify specific skills needs and existing labour shortages with a view to guiding employment agencies and Registered Training Organisations in either placing suitably skilled workers in jobs or training them to be more employable in the sector.
As well as improving job prospects for the Wide Bay Burnett community, the role will also play an important part in shaping the economic future of the region by working to bring in new aviation partnerships linking workers to resource areas and generally building the appeal of the area as an ideal and liveable FIFO base.

“RDA WBB is keen to realise the potential for FIFO employment as it will create a stable base for families and attract a community of new residents seeking to tap into the resource sector while enjoying an enviable work-life balance.

The Wide Bay Burnett region is well-equipped with all the necessities – health services, schools, retail and hospitality offerings, as well as having affordable housing options,” Mr Massingham said.

Recruitment for the new FIFO role will be managed by RDA WBB and the program will be guided by a Project Steering Committee comprising representatives from relevant State and Local bodies, along with resource sector interests and RDA WBB.

For more information contact:

Paul Massingham
Executive Officer
Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett
Phone: 0417 33 22 42   Email: