Possible new watchdog to keep an eye on FIFO practices

MINING companies could find themselves with a new watchdog to ensure their employment practices around fly-in-fly-out workers are above board.

That's just one of the recommendations expected to be handed down by the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into the social impacts of FIFO next month. Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher, who was on the parliamentary inquiry panel, said while the coordinator general set out rules and regulations for mining companies - no one was they were followed.

"There is no body overlooking the mining companies to make sure they are doing the right thing, so that's something we have included in our recommendations," Mr Butcher said.

The complete findings and recommendations were due to be made public when they were tabled in parliament on September 30.

However that has now been delayed because another investigation into the financial impacts of FIFO on communities -- chaired by former Ports Corporation CEO Leo Zussino -- is behind schedule.

Mr Butcher said the panel members needed to ensure information provided to the government wasn't conflicting.

"We want to make sure we get it right rather than rush it through," Mr Butcher said.

"And we can't table our report until we have had a chance to thoroughly consider the other review running parallel to ours."

The bipartisan parliamentary panel will meet in Brisbane on Monday to review Mr Zussino's report with the final parliamentary inquiry report expected to be tabled in parliament on October 9.

Topics:  fifo mackay mining industry parliamentary inquiry

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