Supporting FIFO (fly in fly out) DIDO and Defence workers and their families

FIFOSWA Links, Resources and Tools

FIFO Play Groups

No child is too young for playgroup. All children from 0–5 years of age, including babies, love new experiences and benefit from developing sensory, social and communication skills through activities at playgroup. FIFO Support WA's playgroup offers a great way to meet other local families sharing the FIFO lifestyle.

Playgroup isn’t always a mothers’ group. All parents and carers are welcome. Playgroup can be a time to talk, make new friends and share experiences. It is a place where we encourage sharing parenting highs and lows, support for one another with lifestyle choices and a place for children to interact with other children.

Beyond Blue

A website that has resources and information to help FIFO Families and woprkers. We all have good days and bad days. Then there are those days when something isn't quite right, you've got something on your mind, or things just seem too much. Whatever it may be, sharing the load with someone else can really help. So no matter who you are, or how you're feeling, you can talk it through with us – we'll point you in the right direction so you can seek further support.

Mining Family Matters

Mining Family Matters was launched in February 2010 to provide free professional support and practical advice to Australian families in mining, oil and gas. It’s the brainchild of mining mum Alicia Ranford, who came up with the idea of a support website after her own young children struggled to cope with their dad's fly-in, fly-out roster. She teamed up with friend and journalist Lainie Anderson, and Mining Family Matters was born! In the space of five years we’ve grown our website readership to thousands every month, and we’ve sold more than 120,000 copies of our survival guides.


FIFO Focus works with employers and their people. We help implement proven strategies in your workplace to increase mental health and reduce mental harm associated with working in remote locations.


Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it.

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.