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THE Queensland parliamentary inquiry into FIFO (fly in fly out) work has begun and already submissions are being made on the impact of and issues facing FIFO workforces.
If you’ve ever wondered what type of person becomes a FIFO worker, well for six months last year, I was out there.
From the conversations overheard, observations made and investigations performed, I discovered that there are basically 11 types of FIFO workers and with some of them it wouldn’t surprise me if mental health becomes a major focus of the inquiry.
Firstly, there are those without families who party away their week off and save nothing, and their exact opposite, those with families, whose money goes straight to the mortgage or education for the kids.
Then there are also those paying off vast debts after their own businesses have failed, so that’s three types.
Type four are the guys saving everything to buy a house outright. They look at this job like a short jail term for a long-term gain. Similar to most, I suppose.
Also out there are those that don’t even save enough to have a good time during their week off, as they spend every night off-site in the nearest pub downing spirits and gambling online or otherwise. Which is type five.
Type six talk about camping trips but never make it, because when not at work they’re always at the pub talking about camping trips.
Type seven talk about their camping trips but actually do make it, so also have photos – which they’re happy to show you, even if you don’t ask.