Long-distance commuting (LDC), or fly-in fly-out (FIFO), drive-in drive-out (DIDO), or bus-in bus-out (BIBO), has become an important part of the ECONOMIC and SOCIAL fabric in many Western Australian communities, towns and regions. It brings particular benefits and challenges for workers, families, communities, local governments and mining companies.

Do YOU or YOUR SPOUSE currently work in the MINING or OIL & GAS SECTOR on a LDC basis departing from the Shire of AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER or The Shire of BUSSELTON (including Busselton airport) to your place of work?

Have YOU or YOUR SPOUSE worked at any time in the PAST TWO YEARS in the MINING or OIL & GAS SECTOR on a LDC basis departing from the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River or the Shire of Busselton?

If the answer to either question is yes, and you are 18 YEARS OF AGE or more, we would like you to complete this survey. The task will take approximately 10 to 35 minutes.

The survey is being conducted by Professor Fiona McKenzie and Dr Aileen Hoath, Curtin University as a part of a research project, 'The Socio-Economic Impacts of LDC on Resident/Source Communities'.

The project is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Australia Local Government, Art and Sports. A final report will be prepared in June 2013.

The survey will:
-map workforce participation and distribution, mobility, socio-economic characteristics and needs of LDC participants and families residing in the vicinity of Busselton and Augusta-Margaret River or commuting from the airport, and;
-examine linkages between corporate mining operations and LDC resident/source communities;
- help understand the needs of communities with significant LDC populations, and;
-enhance corporate obligations to maximize economic and social benefits from LDC employment.

The survey conforms with the ethics standards of Curtin University. All data will be managed in accordance with University guidelines to protect the anonymity of individual participants. NO QUESTION ASKS FOR IDENTIFYING INFORMATION. Computer IP addresses are not being logged or stored. Any publications incorporating aggregated survey results and analysis will be publically available.

You can withdraw from the survey at any point by closing the browser.
SUBMISSION OF THE SURVEY WILL BE UNDERSTOOD AS CONSENT FOR ANY DATA PROVIDED TO BE USED FOR THE PURPOSES DESCRIBED ABOVE.

For further assistance or information about the survey, please contact Dr Aileen Hoath.

Dr Aileen Hoath
Graduate School of Business
Curtin University
email: A.Hoath@curtin.edu.au
Ph: 08 92661157

If you wish to comment on the conduct of the survey, please contact Professor Alistair Rainne:

Professor Alistair Rainne
Graduate School of Business
Curtin University
email: al.rainnie@gbs.curtin.edu.au

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