Wiki tells us -Fly-in fly-out is a method of employing people in remote areas by flying them temporarily to the work site instead of relocating employees and their families permanently. It is often abbreviated to FIFO when referring to employment status. This is common in large mining regions in Australia.
Rosters can vary and as a family we are luck that Hubby is currently on a 2 weeks on and one week home roster. Most FIFO workers work long shifts (12 hours a day ).
Why do families do this ?
There are many reasons why families decide that FIFO life is for them. The longer time off can often outweigh the time away , being able to spend a whole week home with family rather than 1 or 2 days on the weekend and a few short hours at night. Employment can often be non existent or limited where they reside.
We have been a FIFO family for a number of years now and for us it is what currently works .