FIFO Mining Information

FIFO Mining Information

While FIFO roles have lured national and international job seekers to the Australian mining sector, it takes a unique combination of attitude and resilience to work in the mining industry in a FIFO capacity

What it takes to succeed in a FIFO mining job:

  • A willingness to work in remote locations
  • An ability to cope with the lack of services while onsite and the distance from family and friends
  • A genuine interest in the industry
  • The right attitude and adherence to compliance and the ability to deal with risk and rigour
  • The ability to commit to a project long term

Things to consider before starting your FIFO mining job:

The good stuff

  • Personal expenses can be reduced when living on site for extended periods
  • Long periods off can lead to more time at home and with families
  • Stronger sense of community at work
  • Enjoy working with a new set of workmates
  • Opportunity to follow other pursuits when you have time off
  • Good wages and the opportunity to create future wealth for you and/or your family

Things to think about

  • Long time away from home can impact on family and personal life negatively
  • Rigid work schedules can result in important family occasions or community events being missed
  • A nomadic lifestyle poses challenges to social life and wellbeing
  • Some onsite facilities don`t much privacy with shared rooms and bathrooms
  • Maintaining healthy relationships with your family and friends
  • How to share the workload with partners when at home and at work
  • Maintaining healthy lifestyle habits at home and at work
  • Missing important events like birthdays, the birth of children, anniversaries
  • Limited support for FIFO families
  • Normal annual leave can change depending on the roster you are working
  • It may be difficult to attend to financial and health services on certain rosters
  • How to managing fatigue at work and at home
  • Will you be paid for travelling to and from the mine site(FIFO, DIDO, BIBO)?

Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.

The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.

The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.

The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.

The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™

Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.

Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)

Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.

RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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