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FIFO mine workers sought on West Coast

Chamber of Minerals and Energy
Chamber of Minerals and Energy

A mining representative body is working with authorities to help more fly-in fly-out (FIFO) resources staff move to Western Australia.

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) and State Government are inviting mine workers to consider permanently moving to the Golden State through significant rebates.

6000+ workers wanted

WA closed its borders to non-essential travel back on April 6 to help contain the Chinese coronavirus and now hopes the industry can help revive the economy through welcoming an estimated 5000 to 6000 FIFO workers to move permanently to the West Coast.

Several work opportunities are available in WA including:

  • up to 1900 construction and 500 operational positions at Fortescue Metals Group’s Eliwana Iron Ore Mine and Railway Stage Two Project, 90km northwest of Tom Price (click here to apply)
  • 3200 construction jobs at Woodside Energy’s Pluto-Karratha Gas Plant Interconnector on the Burrup Peninsula, 28km northwest of Karratha (click here to apply)
  • several construction and maintenance positions at BHP’s Mining Area C in Newman, 343km south of Port Hedland (click here to apply).

Incentives offered

The government is offering a $20,000 Building Bonus Grant until the end of 2020 to build a new house in Perth or regional WA. Click here for more information.

CME is separately giving extra financial assistance to help members cover the cost of relocating, living, flights and replaying the mortgage. Click here for more information.

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“A number of our members are offering attractive incentives to encourage interstate FIFO workers to permanently relocate to WA to complement the federal and state government’s home building stimulus packages,” CME CEO Paul Everingham said in a public statement.

“These incentives offered by companies include relocation financial assistance, mortgage payment support and assistance to travel to their state of origin once or twice a year. In addition, many companies will provide a regional living allowance to encourage workers to reside in the communities in which their company operates.”

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