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Inquiry Name:

Inquiry into mental health impacts of FIFO work arrangements

Date Commenced:08/20/2014
Date Ended:06/18/2015
Tabling Date:06/18/2015
Inquiry Status:Past

Committee Name:

Education and Health Standing Committee (2013 - 2017)

House:Legislative Assembly

Members Conducting Inquiry
Members:Dr Graham Gibson Jacobs MLA
Ms Rita Saffioti MLA
Ms Janine Marie Freeman MLA
Hon. Robert (Rob) Frank Johnson MLA
Mr Murray John Cowper MLA



Staff Members: Ms Lucy Roberts (Acting Principal Research Officer)
Mr Daniel Govus (Research Officer)

Contact Details

Phone No:08 9420 7615
Fax No:08 9222 7804
Postal Address:
Email: Click here to send an email to the Committee Office

Terms of Reference:That the Education and Health Standing Committee inquire into:
(a) the contributing factors that may lead to mental illness and suicide amongst FIFO workers;
(b) the current legislation, regulations, policies and practices for workplace mental health in Western Australia; and
(c) current initiatives by government, industry and community, and recommend improvements.

Important Information


Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Committee of the Legislative Assembly
Giving Evidence to a Parliamentary Committee of the Legislative Assembly




Unless a venue is specified, hearings are held at the
Legislative Assembly Committee Rooms, Level 1/11 Harvest Tce, West Perth

Hearing Dates:

Date

Time

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Organisation

Witnesses

Broadcasted In

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10/22/201409:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneDepartment of Mines and Petroleum Public
10/22/201410:45 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneWorkSafe Public
11/03/201410:00 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneBeyondBlue (via Video Conference) Public
11/03/201411:15 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneAustralian Manufacturing Workers Union Public
11/03/201401:00 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneAssociation of Mining Exploration Companies Public
11/03/201402:15 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneLifeline WA Public
11/05/201410:00 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneFIFO Families (with Creating Communities) Public
11/05/201411:15 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneMates in Construction Public
11/05/201401:00 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneConstruction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union Public
11/05/201402:15 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneChamber of Minerals and Energy Public
11/05/201403:30 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneAustralian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Public
11/12/201410:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneMr & Mrs Miller Public
02/25/201509:30 AMLegisliative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4 This FIFO LifeMs Julie Loveny & Ms Sue Crock Public
02/25/201510:45 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4 Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental HealthMs Jennifer Bowers Public
03/11/201510:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1FIFO Australia Centre for Excellence (FACE) Public
03/16/201511:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1Unions WAMr Owen Whittle (Assistant Secretary) and Mr Tim Dymond (Organising and Strategic Research Officer) Public
03/16/201501:00 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1Acorn Life PathMs Ruth Murdoch (Director) Public
03/16/201502:00 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1Fortescue Metals GroupMr Tim Langmead (Director External Relations) and Mr Robert Watson (Group Manager Health and Safety) Public
03/16/201503:30 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1Downer EDIMr Mike Boyle (Executive GM Zero Harm), Ms Donna Viner (Health Advisor Employee Support) and Ms Natasha Palethorpe (Regional Health Advisor) Public
03/25/201510:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1Dr Nathan Gibson (Chief Psychiatrist) and Dr Simon Byrne (Psychiatrist) Public
05/06/201509:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 2Chevron Public


Related Written Submissions:

Written Submission by Mr Gary Cooper (Principal Registrar, Coroner's Court of Western Australia received on 22 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Ms Lisa Laschon (WA Manager, ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation) received on 23 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mental Illness Fellowship of WA Inc. received on 24 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Tony Holland (Chief Executive Officer, OzHelp Foundation Ltd.) received on 24 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Richard Sellers (Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) received on 25 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Professor Gary Hulse School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, The University of Western Australia) received on 25 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Dr Keith Hampson (Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre, Curtin University) received on 25 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Ms Sandra Boulter (Principal Solicitor, General Manager, Mental Health Law Centre WA Inc.) received on 25 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Steve McCartney (State Secretary, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union WA Branch) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Simon Bennison (Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Stedman Ellis (Chief Operating Officer - Western Region, Australasian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Mick Buchan (State Secretary, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Construction and General Division, WA Divisional Branch) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Ms Vanessa McDonald (City of Karratha) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Godfrey Baronie (Chief Executive Officer, Mates in Construction WA Limited) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Brian Bradley (Director General, Department of Commerce) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Lance McCallum (National Policy Officer, Electrical Trades Union of Australia) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Michael Tunnecliffe (Director, BSS Employee Asisstance) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Ms Meredith Hammat (Secretary, Unions WA Incorporated) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr David Perich (Director of All-Things-Business Useful Inc.) and Ms Traci Gamblin (Senior Manager Development, Volunteering WA) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Ms Helen Robinson (Manager Mental Health, Homelessness and Youth Services, MercyCare) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Ms Trudi Horler (Perth Positive Psychology Practitioners) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Dr Peter Connaughton (Occuptional Physician) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Julius Matthys (Vice President Corporate Affairs, BHP Billiton Western Australia) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Ms Julie Loveny and Ms Sue Crock (This FIFO Life) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Ms Philipa Vojnovic (FIFO Australian Community of Excellence Network) received on 26 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Andrew Watts (Senior Associate, Creating Communities Ptyl Ltd) and Ms Nicole Ashby (Founder and Managing Director, FIFO Families Pty Ltd) received on 30 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Ms Linda Morich (Occuptional, Health and Safety Organiser, The Maritime Union of Australia WA Branch) received on 30 Sep 2014
Written Submission by beyondblue received on 30 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Tristan Menalda (Senior Industry Policy Adviser, Australian Mines and Metals Association) received on 30 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Ms Sabina Leitmann (WA Branch President, Australian Association of Social Workers) received on 30 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Roger Martin (Vice President, Coporate Affairs, Woodside Energy Ltd) received on 30 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Dr Karl O'Callaghan APM (Commissioner of Police, Western Australia Police) received on 30 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Peter Fairclough (General Manager Policy Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd) received on 30 Sep 2014
Written Submission by Mr Andrew Harding (Chief Executive, Iron Ore, China, Korea and Japan, Rio Tinto) received on 30 Sep 2014
Written Submission by The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia received on 1 Oct 2014
Written Submission by Dr Michael Gannon (President, Australian Medical Association Western Australia) received on 1 Oct 2014
Written Submission by Ms Jodie Holbrook (Policy Manager - Community, WALGA) received on 2 Oct 2014
Written Submission by Mr Shanahan (Director, Energy and Minerals Institute, The University of Western Australia) received on 2 Oct 2014
Written Submission by Mr John Nicolaou (Chief Officer, Member Services and Advocacy, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia received on 3 Oct 2014
Written Submission by Mr Bill Townsend (General Manager, External Affairs and Joint Ventures, INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd received on 10 Oct 2014
Written Submission by Mental Health Commission received on 13 Oct 2014
Written Submission by Ms Ruth Murdoch (Director, Acorn Life Path Pty Ltd) received on 28 Oct 2014
Written Submission by Mr Brian Bradley (Director General, Department of Commerce) received on 19 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Mr Roger Martin (Vice President Corporate Affairs, Woodside Energy Limited) received on 21 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Ms Kerry White (Shire President, Shire of Ashburton) received on 21 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Mr Grahame Marshall (Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service) received on 21 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Ms Wendy Attenborough (A/Chief Executive Officer, WorkCover WA received on 21 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Mr Richard Sellers (Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) received on 23 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Mr Bill Townsend (General Manager External Affairs & Joint Ventures, INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd) received on 27 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie (Curtin Business School) received on 28 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Dr Herbert Biggs (Principal Research Fellow and Project Leader, Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre) received on 28 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Dr Peter Connaughton (Consultant Occupational Physician) received on 29 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Mr Tristan Menalda (Senior Industry Policy Adviser, Australian Mines and Metals Association) received on 29 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Mr Simon Bennison (Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies) received on 29 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Mr Richard Wiltshire (Director, Workplace Chaplains International) received on 29 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Ms Ruth Murdoch (Director, Acorn Life Path Pty Ltd) received on 29 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Mr Mike Sutton (COO Open Cut West, Downer EDI Mining Pty Ltd) received on 29 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Ms Fiona Kalaf (Chief Executive Officer, Lifeline) received on 29 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Mr Tim Langmead (Director External Relations, Fortescue Metals Group Limited) received on 29 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Mr Steve McCartney (WA State Secretary, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) received on 29 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Ms Meredith Hammat (Secretary, Unions WA) received on 29 Jan 2015
Written Submission by Mr Julius Matthys (Vice President Corporate Affairs, BHP Billiton Western Australia) received on 2 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Ms Tania Hohaia (Safe Balance) received on 3 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Mr Paul Ryan (Upstream Communications Manager, Shell Australia) received on 5 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Mr Timothy Marney (Commissioner, Mental Health Commission) received on 6 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Mr Stedman Ellis (Chief Operating Office - Western Australia, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association) received on 6 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Mr Andrew Harding (Chief Executive, Iron Ore, China, Korea and Japan, Rio Tinto) received on 9 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Mr John Nicoloau (Chief Officer, Member Services and Advocacy, Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA) received on 9 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Dr David Cutts (Consultant Psychiatrist, Nickol Bay Hospital Karratha) received on 9 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Mr Patrick Gilroy (Secretary, Occuptional Health Society of Australia - WA Branch) received on 11 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Mr Reg Howard-Smith (Chief Executive, Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA) received on 12 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Ms Melanie Stutsel (Director/Health, Safety and Environment, Minerals Council of Australia) received on 13 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Mr Michael Tunnecliffe (Clinical Psychologist, Director, BSS Employee Assistance) received on 13 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Mr Wimpie Du Toit (Vice President and Head of Human Resources: Australasia, Gold Fields Australia Pty Ltd) received on 15 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Construction and General Division, WA Divisional Branch received on 23 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Dr Jennifer Bowers (CEO/MD, Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health) received on 25 Feb 2015
Written Submission by Mr Steven Stanbrook received on 10 Apr 2015
Written Submission by Mr Tim Langmead (Director External Relations, Fortescue Metals Group) received on 15 Apr 2015
Written Submission by Ms Veronica Macpherson (Chief Executive Offier, MACRO Realty Development) received on 16 Apr 2015
Written Submission by Mr Jamie Bennett (Executive Officer, OutdoorsWA) received on 17 Apr 2015
Written Submission by Mr Richard Sellers (Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) received on 22 Apr 2015
Written Submission by Mr Ken Pettit, SC (Francis Burt Chambers) received on 24 Apr 2015
Written Submission by Mr Mark Donovan (Head of Corporate Affairs, BHP Billiton) received on 28 Apr 2015
Written Submission by Mr Richard Sellers (Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) received on 4 May 2015
Written Submission by Mr Richard Sellers (Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) received on 15 May 2015
Written Submission by Mr Lyndon Anlezark received on 18 May 2015

Related Transcripts of Evidence:

• Evidence by Mr Lex McCulloch (Executive Director/Commissioner, WorkSafe Western Australia), Mr Ian Munns (Director, Policy and Education, WorkSafe Western Australia) and Ms Jean Mangharam (Principal Scientific Officer/Inspector, Human Factors and Ergonomics Team, WorkSafe Western Australia) on 22/10/2014
• Evidence by Mr Simon Ridge (Executive Director, Resources Safety Division, Department of Mines and Petroleum) on 22/10/2014
• Evidence by Ms Georgie Harman (Chief Executive Officer, beyondblue) on 03/11/2014
• Evidence by Mr Steve McCartney (Secretary, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) on 03/11/2014
• Evidence by Mr Simon Bennison (Chief Executive Officer) and Mr Graham Short (National Policy Manager) Association of Mining and Exploration Companies on 03/11/2014
• Evidence by Ms Fiona-Marie Kalaf (Chief Executive Officer, Lifeline WA) on 03/11/2014
• Evidence by Mr Stedman Ellis (Chief Operating Officer, Western Region, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association) and Mr Andrew Woodhams (Director, HSE, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association) on 05/11/2014
• Evidence by Mr Godfrey Baronie (Chief Executive Officer, MATES in Construction WA) on 05/11/2014
• Evidence by Ms Nicole Roocke (Deputy Chief Executive, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA), Ms Adrienne Labombard (Manager,Workplace Health and Safety, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA), Mr Emmanuel Hondros (Manager, People Strategies, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA) and Ms Jennifer Rumbles (Policy Adviser, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA) on 05/11/2014
• Evidence by Mr Michael Buchan (State Secretary, CFMEU, Construction and General) and Mr Graham Pallot (Assistant Secretary, North West Coordinator, CFMEU, Construction and General) on 05/11/2014
• Evidence by Ms Susan Crock (Consultant Social Worker, This FIFO Life) and Ms Julie Loveny (Consultant Social Worker, This FIFO Life) on 25/02/2015
• Evidence by Ms Jennifer Bowers (CEO, Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health) on 25/02/2015
• Evidence by Ms Philippa Vojnovic (Co-convenor, FACE), Dr Paul Pule (Scholar in Masculinities and Director, MenAlive Australia and FACE), Mrs Elizabeth Brook (Researcher, FACE Network), Mr Scott Bartlett (Member, FACE) and Dr Susanne Bahn (Member, FACE, Tap Into Safety; Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University) on 11/03/2015
• Evidence by Mr Owen Whittle (Assistant Secretary, UnionsWA) and Dr Tim Dymond (Research Officer, UnionsWA) on 16/03/2015
• Evidence by Mr Robert Watson (Group Manager, Health and Safety, Fortescue Metals Group) and Mr Timothy Langmead (Director, External Relations, Fortescue Metals Group) on 16/03/2015
• Evidence by Ms Ruth Murdoch (Director, Acorn Life Path Pty Ltd) on 16/03/2015
• Evidence by Mr Michael Boyle (Executive General Manager, Zero Harm, Downer EDI Mining), Ms Donna Viner (Psychologist-Regional Health Adviser, Downer Mining) and Ms Natasha Palethorpe (Art Psychotherapist-Regional Health Adviser, Downer Mining) on 16/03/2015
• Evidence by Dr Nathan Gibson (Chief Psychiatrist, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist) and Dr Simon Byrne (Psychiatrist) on 25/03/2015
• Evidence by Ms Kaye Butler (General Manager, Human Resources, Chevron Australia) and Mr Michael Tunnecliffe (Clincial Psychologist, BSS Employee Assistance) on 06/05/2015

Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice:

• Related Document: Baseline results for psychosocial harm audits of mining operations and petroleum and major hazard facilities, Feb-Oct 2016