The Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act 2016 commenced on 31 August 2017.

Large resource projects are prohibited from employing workers on a 100% FIFO basis. The Act also retrospectively prohibits large resource projects approved after 30 June 2009 from:

  • advertising positions in a way that stops residents in nearby communities from applying;
  • stating that residents of nearby communities are not eligible to be employees; or
  • discriminating against residents of nearby communities when recruiting workers.

When this may be important to you: if you have an interest in a large resource project.

Recommended action: ascertain firstly, whether your project is a “large resource project” for the purposes of the Act; and secondly, whether recruitment is a breach of the legislation.

You can read more about the impacts of the legislation here.