Drive In - Drive Out (DIDO)

DIDO works on a similar basis to FIFO (Fly In - Fly Out), where those working at remote mine sites would drive to the site, as opposed to fly, and stay onsite for a specified period of time and then return home. Generally DIDO jobs will involve working long shifts, for a specific number of days, whilst on site, and all the time off will then be spent at home rather than at the work site. DIDO can work well, and many employees prefer this option, than having to relocate their entire family, where remote areas can be extremely limiting in terms of educational choices for children, job opportunities for other family members, and limited social activities.

What are the PROs and CONs?

Pros of DIDO
  • On the upside of it, all your living costs are basically taken care of whilst on site, as you would be provided with accommodation and meals
  • Because as a general rule, you will spend as much time at home as at work, this gives you the opportunity to pursue other interests
  • Generally if you are working DIDO you will be given an additional allowance, as compensation for having to spend time away from home, and you can
Cons of DIDO
  • On the downside, DIDO can put stress on family relationships, as being away from your family can be difficult for everybody involved
  • Because there are generally long shifts involved, working long hours, for extended periods, it can be very tiring, and there is the risk that you will "burn yourself out"
  • The areas where mines are located, are generally not very glamorous, and you can be exposed to extreme temperatures, and harsh terrain
  • DIDO workers can feel socially isolated, and after a year or two may decide that the money isn't worth the sacrifices they have to make in their personal lives

The bottom line is that employers have a very important role to play when dealing with the dynamics of DIDO. It is vital that employers take into account the impact that DIDO has on the families involved, that they look at what sort of hours and rosters will be implemented, how it's going to impact on the family unit, and that they are able to try to introduce some sort of balance into their employee's lives.