The FIFO Lifestyle

The FIFO lifestyle

Are you looking at pursuing a career on the mines? Here is an overview of what to expect working as a Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) employee.

What is FIFO?

FIFO provides people with an opportunity to work on the mine, without having to relocate to the area. Employees are flown in and out to their relevant site and are provided with accommodation, hospitality and recreation during their time away, when not at work.

Working FIFO is a simple three step process:

  1. Fly out to a mine site
  2. Work on site for a fixed period of time
  3. Fly home for a fixed period of rest and relaxation (R&R)

The length of time you’re away and on break depends on your roster (sometimes called swings). At Roy Hill, we believe in a healthy work-life balance and as part of this offer flexible working options as well as lifestyle-friendly rosters which allow you to spend more time at home with your loved ones.

What is FIFO life like?

For each swing we will fly you to and from site on one of our charter flights for the mine, or commercial flights to Port Hedland. At the Roy Hill Mine, we have our own airport, Ginbata, located in close proximity to the mine and village accommodation.

Our operations are located in the Pilbara, which has a dry, desert-like climate with temperatures often reaching over 40°C.

While you are away on site, you will be housed at either our Roy Hill Mine Accommodation Village or the Port Hedland Gateway Village, which are purpose-built accommodation villages for the FIFO lifestyle. Village facilities are equipped with ensuite rooms and recreation amenities to encourage healthy bodies and minds, and our social clubs also run a variety of onsite activities and entertainment. Meals are provided while you are away, with a selection of hot, cold and healthy options available. For more information about the villages, click here.

Depending on the length of your swing, you may be required to switch between working night shifts and day shifts. The duration of a shift is typically 12 hours. For most employees, a bus will take you to and from the village for your shift.

You will begin your shift with a pre-start meeting. As the sites are operated 24 hours a day, it is important that there is a handover between night shift to day shift (or vice versa) to pass on any important information or activities that have occurred. Once you have completed your shift you will then have a debrief meeting, where any important information is then passed onto those working on the next shift. The activities and duties required during your 12-hour shift will depend on your specific role.

FIFO life – the challenges

The FIFO lifestyle does include rest and relaxation periods along with many other great benefits, however, it does have its challenges and isn’t for everyone.

At Roy Hill, we care about our people and provide you and your family with the support you need to meet the challenges of a FIFO lifestyle. At Roy Hill, we work hard to help you succeed and build a successful and fulfilling career.

Here are some of the challenges of the FIFO lifestyle and how we help you overcome them:



The challenge:

Working FIFO requires you to spend periods of time away from family and friends. This may take time adjusting to and may potentially cause you to experience feelings of isolation. In turn, this can also impact on your loved ones with you not being at home to support them.

What you can do:

  • Be engaged with the various activities that are promoted both on and off site and include your family where possible.
  • Build friendships with your fellow colleagues to help create a support network on site.
  • Stay in contact with your loved ones through internet, social media and phone calls during downtime. Roy Hill offers free high-speed Wi-Fi facilities in order to make this as easy as possible for you.
  • Schedule family holidays and celebrations – if you miss an important date, plan to celebrate on your return.
  • Get involved in family life when you are at home – make time for everyday things.
  • Stay active and social, both on site and at home.

How we help:

  • We provide longer rest periods between swings through lifestyle-friendly rosters, so you can spend more time with family and friends.
  • We provide back to back permanent rooms, so you can feel at home every swing by returning to the same room.
  • We help you meet people and build a support network through an array of social events such as BBQs, team sports and seminars.
  • At Roy Hill, we consider your family a part of ours. We have a range of initiatives that support your family including our Thriving Mining Families program, which is a series of events that provide you and your family with practical guidance and advice on how to recognise and manage a range of challenges many FIFO families face.
  • We also run a variety of social events (such as family movie days) to provide an opportunity for employees and FIFO families to meet each other and build a support network for when you’re not at home.
  • Our Employee Assistance Program provides free professional counselling services to our employees and their immediate family. This service is completely confidential and voluntary.

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The challenge:

FIFO swings require you to work long shifts (including night shifts), perform your job and travel to and from your accommodation each day. As you adjust to this new pattern, fatigue may pose a risk to your safety in the short term, and if it’s not managed, to your health in the long term. However, these risks are manageable.

What you can do:

  • Make time to relax by reading, watching TV or listening to music.
  • Try to eat well, including fruit and vegetables, and drink plenty of water.
  • Make time for exercise at the gym, walking and sporting activities.
  • If you’re feeling under the weather at work, speak up and let your supervisor know.
  • Never drive tired. Stop and rest or arrange to carpool.

How we help:

  • Roy Hill has a range of fatigue management initiatives (including training and health promotion programs) designed to maximise healthy eating, exercise, relaxation and a good night’s sleep.
  • We’ve invested in outstanding facilities to support healthy minds and bodies, including a large gym, pool, volleyball and basketball courts, cricket nets and a 250 raised seated auditorium.
  • Our comfortable accommodation is designed for unwinding and relaxation, and includes a king-sized single bed, ensuite (toilet and shower), air conditioning, TV, Internet, phone and fridge.



The challenge:

Working FIFO is often associated with above average salaries. It is important to make some financially responsible choices that will help you get the most out of this opportunity and to help set you up for your future.

What you can do:

  • Make a financial plan.
  • Talk to a financial planner to help you save, limit your spending and make smart investment choices.

How Roy Hill helps:

  • We offer an Employee Assistance Program for support with stress and financial difficulties.
  • Our Thriving Mining Families initiative includes ‘Barefoot Investor’ seminars on how to better manage your finances.

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