Acknowledgments: This fact sheet and poster content is the result of the collaborative work between NRSPP and Road Action Accident Group – Mackay (RaaG). RaaG between an NRSPP Program Partner with the action of developing specific road safety content for the D.I.D.O. sector, the end result is the testimony to what we can achieve together. Thank you to RaaG for your guidance and support in helping develop these free items.
As the Australian mining and resource industry has experienced rapid growth in recent decades, the nation is beginning to see a trend towards a growing number of workers who operate in a Drive-In, Drive-Out (D.I.D.O) and Fly-In, Fly-Out (F.I.F.O) capacity.
As the term suggests, D.I.D.O workers commute to their remote work sites by driving. Typically, they will stay onsite for a period of time before returning home. However, some D.I.D.O workers – typically contractor support personnel – will drive long distances to undertake work during the day and then drive home at the end of the day or into the evening. For D.I.D.O workers who remain on-site, schedules typically involve shift work. Rosters can vary, depending on the worker’s arrangement with their employee. They will either be evenly rostered, such as 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off, or unevenly rostered, such as 3 weeks on and 1 week off. Workers may be assigned day shift, night shift or a rotation between day and night shift. Extended working hours of 10 or 12 hours per shift are not uncommon.
While D.I.D.O work comes with its perks, such as high pay, free accommodation and food, and an opportunity to work in a dynamic industry, it also presents some challenges.