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Inquiry into mental health impacts of FIFO work arrangements

Inquiry status:Past
Date commenced:08/20/2014
Tabling date:06/18/2015
Date Ended:06/18/2015
Committee:Education and Health Standing Committee (2013 - 2017)
House:Legislative Assembly
Important Information:
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.

Submission Number Submitting person/organisation
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia received on 1 Oct 2014
Mr John Nicolaou (Chief Officer, Member Services and Advocacy, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia received on 3 Oct 2014
Mr Steve McCartney (State Secretary, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union WA Branch) received on 26 Sep 2014
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
Ms Linda Morich (Occuptional, Health and Safety Organiser, The Maritime Union of Australia WA Branch) received on 30 Sep 2014
beyondblue received on 30 Sep 2014
Mr Simon Bennison (Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies) received on 26 Sep 2014
Mr Stedman Ellis (Chief Operating Officer - Western Region, Australasian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association received on 26 Sep 2014
Mr Gary Cooper (Principal Registrar, Coroner's Court of Western Australia received on 22 Sep 2014
Mr Mick Buchan (State Secretary, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Construction and General Division, WA Divisional Branch) received on 26 Sep 2014
Ms Vanessa McDonald (City of Karratha) received on 26 Sep 2014
Mr Tristan Menalda (Senior Industry Policy Adviser, Australian Mines and Metals Association) received on 30 Sep 2014
Mental Illness Fellowship of WA Inc. received on 24 Sep 2014
Ms Sabina Leitmann (WA Branch President, Australian Association of Social Workers) received on 30 Sep 2014
Mr Godfrey Baronie (Chief Executive Officer, Mates in Construction WA Limited) received on 26 Sep 2014
Mr Roger Martin (Vice President, Coporate Affairs, Woodside Energy Ltd) received on 30 Sep 2014
Mr Richard Sellers (Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) received on 25 Sep 2014
Mr Brian Bradley (Director General, Department of Commerce) received on 26 Sep 2014
Dr Karl O'Callaghan APM (Commissioner of Police, Western Australia Police) received on 30 Sep 2014
Professor Gary Hulse School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, The University of Western Australia) received on 25 Sep 2014
Mr Lance McCallum (National Policy Officer, Electrical Trades Union of Australia) received on 26 Sep 2014
Mr Michael Tunnecliffe (Director, BSS Employee Asisstance) received on 26 Sep 2014
Ms Meredith Hammat (Secretary, Unions WA Incorporated) received on 26 Sep 2014
Mr David Perich (Director of All-Things-Business Useful Inc.) and Ms Traci Gamblin (Senior Manager Development, Volunteering WA) received on 26 Sep 2014
Mr Tony Holland (Chief Executive Officer, OzHelp Foundation Ltd.) received on 24 Sep 2014
Ms Helen Robinson (Manager Mental Health, Homelessness and Youth Services, MercyCare) received on 26 Sep 2014
Ms Trudi Horler (Perth Positive Psychology Practitioners) received on 26 Sep 2014
Dr Peter Connaughton (Occuptional Physician) received on 26 Sep 2014
Ms Lisa Laschon (WA Manager, ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation) received on 23 Sep 2014
Dr Keith Hampson (Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre, Curtin University) received on 25 Sep 2014
Ms Sandra Boulter (Principal Solicitor, General Manager, Mental Health Law Centre WA Inc.) received on 25 Sep 2014
Mr Julius Matthys (Vice President Corporate Affairs, BHP Billiton Western Australia) received on 26 Sep 2014
Mr Peter Fairclough (General Manager Policy Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd) received on 30 Sep 2014
Mental Health Commission received on 13 Oct 2014
Mr Andrew Harding (Chief Executive, Iron Ore, China, Korea and Japan, Rio Tinto) received on 30 Sep 2014
Dr Michael Gannon (President, Australian Medical Association Western Australia) received on 1 Oct 2014
Mr Bill Townsend (General Manager, External Affairs and Joint Ventures, INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd received on 10 Oct 2014
Ms Julie Loveny and Ms Sue Crock (This FIFO Life) received on 26 Sep 2014
Ms Jodie Holbrook (Policy Manager - Community, WALGA) received on 2 Oct 2014
Ms Philipa Vojnovic (FIFO Australian Community of Excellence Network) received on 26 Sep 2014
Mr Shanahan (Director, Energy and Minerals Institute, The University of Western Australia) received on 2 Oct 2014
Mr Julius Matthys (Vice President Corporate Affairs, BHP Billiton Western Australia) received on 2 Feb 2015
Mr Andrew Harding (Chief Executive, Iron Ore, China, Korea and Japan, Rio Tinto) received on 9 Feb 2015
Mr John Nicoloau (Chief Officer, Member Services and Advocacy, Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA) received on 9 Feb 2015
Mr Patrick Gilroy (Secretary, Occuptional Health Society of Australia - WA Branch) received on 11 Feb 2015
Mr Timothy Marney (Commissioner, Mental Health Commission) received on 6 Feb 2015
Dr Peter Connaughton (Consultant Occupational Physician) received on 29 Jan 2015
Mr Paul Ryan (Upstream Communications Manager, Shell Australia) received on 5 Feb 2015
Dr David Cutts (Consultant Psychiatrist, Nickol Bay Hospital Karratha) received on 9 Feb 2015
Mr Stedman Ellis (Chief Operating Office - Western Australia, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association) received on 6 Feb 2015
Ms Tania Hohaia (Safe Balance) received on 3 Feb 2015
Mr Brian Bradley (Director General, Department of Commerce) received on 19 Jan 2015
Mr Roger Martin (Vice President Corporate Affairs, Woodside Energy Limited) received on 21 Jan 2015
Mr Tristan Menalda (Senior Industry Policy Adviser, Australian Mines and Metals Association) received on 29 Jan 2015
Ms Kerry White (Shire President, Shire of Ashburton) received on 21 Jan 2015
Mr Simon Bennison (Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies) received on 29 Jan 2015
Mr Bill Townsend (General Manager External Affairs & Joint Ventures, INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd) received on 27 Jan 2015
Mr Richard Wiltshire (Director, Workplace Chaplains International) received on 29 Jan 2015
Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie (Curtin Business School) received on 28 Jan 2015
Ms Ruth Murdoch (Director, Acorn Life Path Pty Ltd) received on 29 Jan 2015
Mr Mike Sutton (COO Open Cut West, Downer EDI Mining Pty Ltd) received on 29 Jan 2015
Ms Fiona Kalaf (Chief Executive Officer, Lifeline) received on 29 Jan 2015
Mr Tim Langmead (Director External Relations, Fortescue Metals Group Limited) received on 29 Jan 2015
Dr Herbert Biggs (Principal Research Fellow and Project Leader, Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre) received on 28 Jan 2015
Mr Steve McCartney (WA State Secretary, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) received on 29 Jan 2015
Ms Meredith Hammat (Secretary, Unions WA) received on 29 Jan 2015
Mr Richard Sellers (Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) received on 23 Jan 2015
Ms Ruth Murdoch (Director, Acorn Life Path Pty Ltd) received on 28 Oct 2014
Mr Grahame Marshall (Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service) received on 21 Jan 2015
Ms Wendy Attenborough (A/Chief Executive Officer, WorkCover WA received on 21 Jan 2015
Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Construction and General Division, WA Divisional Branch received on 23 Feb 2015
Ms Melanie Stutsel (Director/Health, Safety and Environment, Minerals Council of Australia) received on 13 Feb 2015
Mr Reg Howard-Smith (Chief Executive, Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA) received on 12 Feb 2015
Mr Wimpie Du Toit (Vice President and Head of Human Resources: Australasia, Gold Fields Australia Pty Ltd) received on 15 Feb 2015
Mr Michael Tunnecliffe (Clinical Psychologist, Director, BSS Employee Assistance) received on 13 Feb 2015
Dr Jennifer Bowers (CEO/MD, Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health) received on 25 Feb 2015
Mr Tim Langmead (Director External Relations, Fortescue Metals Group) received on 15 Apr 2015
Mr Steven Stanbrook received on 10 Apr 2015
Ms Veronica Macpherson (Chief Executive Offier, MACRO Realty Development) received on 16 Apr 2015
Mr Jamie Bennett (Executive Officer, OutdoorsWA) received on 17 Apr 2015
Mr Ken Pettit, SC (Francis Burt Chambers) received on 24 Apr 2015
Mr Richard Sellers (Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) received on 22 Apr 2015
Mr Richard Sellers (Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) received on 4 May 2015
Mr Mark Donovan (Head of Corporate Affairs, BHP Billiton) received on 28 Apr 2015
Mr Richard Sellers (Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) received on 15 May 2015
Mr Lyndon Anlezark received on 18 May 2015
DateTimeVenueOrganisationWitnessBroadcastTranscript
22/10/201409:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneDepartment of Mines and Petroleum
22/10/201410:45 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneWorkSafe
03/11/201410:00 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneBeyondBlue (via Video Conference)
03/11/201411:15 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneAustralian Manufacturing Workers Union
03/11/201401:00 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneAssociation of Mining Exploration Companies
03/11/201402:15 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneLifeline WA
05/11/201410:00 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneFIFO Families (with Creating Communities)
05/11/201411:15 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneMates in Construction
05/11/201401:00 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneConstruction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union
05/11/201402:15 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneChamber of Minerals and Energy
05/11/201403:30 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneAustralian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association
12/11/201410:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room OneMr & Mrs Miller
25/02/201509:30 AMLegisliative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4 This FIFO LifeMs Julie Loveny & Ms Sue Crock
25/02/201510:45 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4 Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental HealthMs Jennifer Bowers
11/03/201510:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1FIFO Australia Centre for Excellence (FACE)
16/03/201511:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1Unions WAMr Owen Whittle (Assistant Secretary) and Mr Tim Dymond (Organising and Strategic Research Officer)
16/03/201501:00 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1Acorn Life PathMs Ruth Murdoch (Director)
16/03/201502:00 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1Fortescue Metals GroupMr Tim Langmead (Director External Relations) and Mr Robert Watson (Group Manager Health and Safety)
16/03/201503:30 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)
25/03/201510:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1Dr Nathan Gibson (Chief Psychiatrist) and Dr Simon Byrne (Psychiatrist)
06/05/201509:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 2Chevron
Videos:
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 Oct 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Simon Ridge (Executive Director, Resources Safety Division, Department of Mines and Petroleum) on 22 Oct 2014
Evidence by.. Ms Georgie Harman (Chief Executive Officer, beyondblue) on 3 Nov 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Steve McCartney (Secretary, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) on 3 Nov 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Simon Bennison (Chief Executive Officer) and Mr Graham Short (National Policy Manager) Association of Mining and Exploration Companies on 3 Nov 2014
Evidence by.. Ms Fiona-Marie Kalaf (Chief Executive Officer, Lifeline WA) on 3 Nov 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 5 Nov 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Godfrey Baronie (Chief Executive Officer, MATES in Construction WA) on 5 Nov 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 5 Nov 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 5 Nov 2014
Evidence by.. Ms Susan Crock (Consultant Social Worker, This FIFO Life) and Ms Julie Loveny (Consultant Social Worker, This FIFO Life) on 25 Feb 2015
Evidence by.. Ms Jennifer Bowers (CEO, Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health) on 25 Feb 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 Mar 2015
Evidence by.. Mr Owen Whittle (Assistant Secretary, UnionsWA) and Dr Tim Dymond (Research Officer, UnionsWA) on 16 Mar 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 Mar 2015
Evidence by.. Ms Ruth Murdoch (Director, Acorn Life Path Pty Ltd) on 16 Mar 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 Mar 2015
Evidence by.. Dr Nathan Gibson (Chief Psychiatrist, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist) and Dr Simon Byrne (Psychiatrist) on 25 Mar 2015
Evidence by.. Ms Kaye Butler (General Manager, Human Resources, Chevron Australia) and Mr Michael Tunnecliffe (Clincial Psychologist, BSS Employee Assistance) on 6 May 2015