Assistance programs for FIFO partners

Employers of FIFO workers include information on their assistance programs in induction sessions, but this doesn’t always get passed on to partners at home who can also benefit from such programs.

Coping with FIFO work or large amounts of travel is difficult for both workers and their partners and families left at home. Employers provide a range of support programs, such as counselling and referrals, however the information doesn’t always get communicated to partners. Make sure you pass along to your partner the information you receive about such support, and discuss when and why you might take advantage of the services offered. Neither you nor your partner should leave it too late to seek help.

Tips:

Learn to listen to your children

Dads and father-figures often find listening hard. Practise focused listening and it will become easier over time.

Tips:

Encourage reading

Set the example, provide the opportunity, and actively support your children as they learn to read.