Tips for Starting FIFO

Thinking of getting a job in the mines? With so many mining-related jobs in remote areas, fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) work is popular among Australians. Despite being isolating at times, it can be incredibly lucrative and doesn’t require permanent relocation, allowing you to work all over the country.   

Where to start

If you’re interested in FIFO work, here are some tips for getting started.  

Tip 1: Register with recruitment sites

One of the first steps to securing a FIFO job is to register with relevant recruitment sites. This will give you a better chance of hearing about eligible positions and advancing through the employment process. Be persistent and take steps to develop your skills and qualifications. You should also check mining company websites for new entry-level positions.

Tip 2: Be realistic 

While you may be keen to apply for every position that’s available, it’s important to narrow it down to the positions that match your skill level. Many mining positions require experienced operators, and companies will only hire people with the relevant expertise. 

Tip 3: Check mine site requirements

There are several requirements for mining employment, however these will vary slightly with each State. Generally, all applicants must:

  • pass a drug and alcohol test,
  • undergo a pre-employment medical to prove physical fitness, and
  • participate in either general or site-specific mining industry inductions.

What to expect when starting FIFO work

FIFO work can be an extremely rewarding opportunity, but it isn’t for everyone. If you’re thinking of getting a job in the mines, it’s important to know what to expect before you make any final decisions.

Tip 1: You’ll be working long hours

With FIFO jobs, you’ll typically be working 12+ hours a day, and rosters can vary from three weeks on and one week off, to nine days on and six days off. Mining jobs in particular require people with a great work ethic and strong physical endurance. 

Tip 2: Living conditions

By taking a FIFO position, you should expect to share accommodation. Your room will be yours when you’re rostered and then one of your colleagues will occupy it when you’re off. 

Many companies have begun investing more money into employee accommodation, and good mining camps include communal amenities such as gyms and swimming pools. Internet connection, food and laundry may also be provided.

Making the best of the FIFO lifestyle

In most cases, FIFO work means being away from your loved ones for extended periods of time. The lifestyle can become isolating and slow at times, so it’s important to make the most of the experience.

Tip 1: Establish a routine

Being a shift worker, your hours and rosters will vary, so it will be easy for you to become tired. To preserve your body’s sleep cycle, you should develop a routine and stick to it, even on the days you’re not working. 

While it may be tempting to sleep in on your days off, try not to do so for more than two hours. Disrupting your sleep pattern can wreak havoc on both your health and your job performance. 

Tip 2: Don’t isolate yourself

Even though you’re in a remote area, you’re still surrounded by a community of workers that are sharing the same lifestyle. When you’re not FaceTiming or texting with your family back home, try to create friendships with your workmates and get together for social activities after work.

What makes a good mining camp?

The best mining camps invest in upgraded FIFO accommodation. After all, their workers are often working 12-hour days for weeks on end, so a comfortable and hospitable mining camp is crucial. 

Most workers will agree that great rooms with comfy beds are the most important feature of any FIFO accommodation, given the physical toll that most mining-related jobs take on your body. 

FIFO jobs have their stresses, just like any other job, so it’s also crucial that mining camps also provide plenty of rest and relaxation opportunities. The best mining camps have gyms, sporting facilities such as swimming pools and tennis courts, multiple dining venues, TVs and air-conditioning units. 

How we can help 

If you’re a FIFO worker and you need somewhere to stay in Karratha, look no further than Searipple Village. We have everything you need in one convenient location, including:

  • great rooms,
  • three onsite dining options,
  • a licensed social hub,
  • two gyms, and
  • a tennis court. 

We’re also located next to the beach, just five minutes from the Karratha City Centre and just 20 minutes from the airport. 

Contact us today to find out more!