Mrs Russo has offered her advice to other FIFO families after a recent survey showed partners of FIFO workers had higher levels of stress than other parents in the general community.
In the long-distance commuting lifestyle of FIFO, work schedules can be compressed to a shorter working week, but longer shifts.
The Commonwealth and state/Northern Territory governments had previously agreed to revoke the clauses as they were progressively incorporated into consolidated regulations or a policy decision made that the direction was no longer relevant or necessary.
The final agreed remaining active clauses were incorporated into the final set of consolidated regulations, the The Commonwealth also acknowledges that some titles include individual conditions that either duplicate contents of regulations, or have the Schedule attached in its entirety.
The updates also bring the guidelines into line with current Joint Authority expectations in relation to the content of applications for acreage release areas, exploration permit renewals, endorsements (for example, work program commitment suspensions, extensions, and variations), the declaration of locations, petroleum retention leases, petroleum production and infrastructure licences, and pipeline licences.
In addition, the guidelines have been revised to take account of the commencement of operations by NOPTA, and the abolition of the Designated Authorities, from 1 January 2012.
Dr Dittman said there were few research papers into the fallout on a person's mental health, wellbeing and relationships from the FIFO lifestyle and she hoped to shed new light on the conversation."In follow-up interviews, mums were saying they were bearing the brunt of the responsibility and decision making and running around after the children, which can wear them down," she said. Titleholders are no longer required to pay annual fees under this Act from that date.However, new cost-recovery levies—the annual titles administration levy and the environment plan levy—apply to titleholders from 1 January 2012 under the (PSLA).The Queensland mother-of-three, who also runs a blog called The FIFO Wife, married into the fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) lifestyle 15 years ago.Her husband — who used to work in Defence — works offshore in oil rigs and is on a five-weeks-on, five-weeks-off roster."I love the life it [FIFO] gives us, but you are either made for it or not and that goes for your husband too," Mrs Russo said.
Dr Dittman found the strength of a couple's relationship had more influence on how the family functioned than a more balanced roster did.