1252. Hon ALISON XAMON to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:
I refer to the Education and Health Standing Committee final report “The Impact of FIFO Work Practices on Mental Health” recommendations 1 and 2 regarding annual counts of workers.
(1) Does the government now keep this data?
(2) If yes to (1), can the minister please provide the latest figures?
(3) If no to (1), why not?
Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member for the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum.
(2) Not applicable.
(3) There is currently no requirement under the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995 for industry to report this information to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. Identifying and collating annually the number of resource workers working separately in construction and production along with a total figure for all fly in, fly out workers is a complex matter. However, scoping work is underway within DMIRS and in consultation with industry to determine how an annual count of fly in, fly out and drive in, drive out workers in the Western Australian resources industry could be collated.