Analysis of the Long Distance Commuter Workforce Across Australia

This Report, ‘Analysis of the Long Distance Commuter Workforce Across Australia’, forms the second of a two-phase series of Reports. The first Report released in February 2013 titled, ‘Analysis of the Changing Resident Demographic Profile of Australia's Mining Communities’, considered the demographic profile of the resident population in nine sampled Mining Regions across Australia.

The objective of this Report, ‘Analysis of the Long Distance Commuter Workforce Across Australia’, is to provide baseline data to understand where LDC workers live and work and how these commuter flows differ by industry, region and over time. This Report is an important first-step towards filling the recognised data gaps surrounding, quantifying and understanding the LDC workforce in Australia.

This Report was commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), Australia’s peak mining body, with input from the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), representing the oil and gas sector, and SkillsDMC, the skills council for the drilling, mining, quarrying and civil infrastructure sectors.

The timing of this Report brings value to the LDC workforce discussion due to a number of reasons, including:

  1. The Mining industry (including Oil and Gas) has grown at a significant rate and it is important to take-stock and measure how the size and distribution of the LDC workforce is changing and what this may mean for Australia's communities.
  2. The ABS recently released the results of the 2011 Census Place of Work (POW) data in October 2012.
  3. The LDC worker dataset, combined with an understanding of the residential communities will contribute to the discussions by government and industry in relation to the development of sustainable mining communities.
  4. The House of Representatives Inquiry into FIFO work practices (primarily associated with mining) released its findings on 13 February 2013.

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