The Nationals will do all we can to encourage the growth of mining towns into vibrant, sustainable communities as always intended by the legacy state agreements.
In 2015, there were up to 60,000 FIFO employees in WA and with property prices in mining communities normalised, government services enhanced and population growth plans in place, now is the time to make policy decisions to encourage residential workforces. That is why we have taken a strong stand against Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) operational workforces in the last eight years.
That is why we have taken a strong stand against Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) operational workforces in the last eight years. However, The Nationals realise there is still a place for FIFO work practices at very remote mines where residential workforces are not practical.
The Nationals will provide a 100% payroll tax rebate for residential workers in designated mining communities or 'affected areas'. This rebate will apply to new and existing employees so we can reward employers who are already supporting a residential workforce.
The rebate will be available to businesses that can verify they have an eligible employee who has resided in accepted housing (i.e. not transient workers' accommodation)for a period of one year.
Our "Live Where You Work" policy will complement our commitment to exempt all businesses with payroll of less than $5 million from payroll tax.
For more detail on our commitment, find our full policy paper here.