Australia's Fly In Fly Out Workers

How would you like to be able to earn over a hundred thousand dollars a year with no qualifications? Sound impossible in these difficult economic times?

Not in Western Australia, where huge demand for natural resources from places like China has lead to a boom in the mining industry.

There's been a boom in high paying jobs too - many of them so-called Fly In Fly Out, or FIFO, jobs where people travel to remote mine sites for several weeks at a time.

It's a lucrative way to earn a living, but there's increasing concern in Australia that it might be coming at a big cost for workers and their families.

For the BBC's Assignment programme, James Fletcher has been to Western Australia to find out more.

Available now

25 minutes

Last on

Sun 29 Jan 2012 04:05 GMT

Download this programme

mp3-1920.jpg

Subscribe to this programme or download individual episodes

Fifty Women Who Made It Happen

Malala Yousafzai, Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Commemorate International Women's Day 2015 with stories from across the world