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Parents Who Work Away

 --- Parents who work awayMany Western Australian families have a partner who works away.

Families with a parent who works away regularly are more common than many people think. Their first  thoughts are usually of FIFO (fly in fly out) and the less recognised DIDO (drive in drive out) workers in the resource sector. Other sectors include defence personnel, transport, maritime, small business, corporate, sales and service industries to name a few. The differences between many of these types of work and their impact on families is the length of time, the predictability and frequency of the working parent being away from home.

This family arrangement provides unique opportunities and challenges for parenting.

Ngala has been involved in research with families living in these circumstances and is currently developing resources for families for families to deal with the many challenges they face day-to-day. 

More about FIFO Life.

Parents Working Away Workshop

The Parents Working Away workshop has been specifically created for parents who work away from home and their partners. In this workshops the issues that families find challenging are discussed and explored, as are practical ideas to help your family make the most of time together and remain connected during times apart. 

Ngala Support for families

Ngala Parenting Workshops

  • Workshop for Dads – For dads looking at ways they can  remain connected with their children.


If you are a family that has one parent working away you may be interested in some of our other parenting workshops, our research or the other resources listed below.

Research and Publications

Are you interested in participating in a fly in fly out study?

Are you interested in participating in a research study about FIFO?

  • Adolescents who live in FIFO families
    For more information click this link: Flyer for study
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