The construction workforce for the Gorgon Project is Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO). This means workers commute to Barrow Island by plane and live in on-site accommodation when on duty.
Working a FIFO roster is a lifestyle choice. Whilst there may be benefits of higher remuneration, new work opportunities, meeting new people and being part of a small community, FIFO workers can also face unique challenges and pressures with the lifestyle. Some of these challenges and pressures include maintaining communication, changing routines and household structure, separation from family and isolation. Before considering work on Barrow Island, it is recommended you discuss the FIFO arrangement and the possible impacts with those closest to you.
To Barrow Island from Perth: Cobham commercial charter jets depart for Barrow Island from the Cobham Terminal, Perth Domestic Airport. The flight to Barrow Island is direct and takes approximately two hours. Please note that Cobham does not participate in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.
To Barrow Island from Karratha: There are regular flights to Barrow Island from Karratha taking approximately 45 minutes, departing from the Karratha Flying Service (KFS) terminal. Potential employers will advise you of the flight schedule.
Gorgon Project accommodation on Barrow Island typically consists of a single air conditioned room with ensuite facilities. Rooms are serviced regularly with a full linen change and have televisions with cable and free-to-air stations.
There is no permanent room allocation and personnel are required to book out of their room when leaving the island for R&R or other purposes. The project has a locker-style storage system which can be used to store some items between visits.
Minimum work site clothing includes long trousers and a collared, long-sleeved shirt (or overalls), safety boots, safety helmet with sun brim and foam-backed safety glasses. All work clothing must be 100 per cent cotton. Further information will be supplied by potential employers.
When using the mess and other camp facilities, clean casual clothes must be worn. Work clothes and singlets are not permitted in the evening.
The Project provides a laundry service at Barrow Island free of charge. However, if they wish, personnel can do their own laundry in buildings located around the camp. Laundry powder is provided at no charge.
Hours of Work
Depending on the scope of work, different contractors may operate different working arrangements. However as an indication most contractors work ten hour days with a half day off every second Sunday. Potential employers can provide specific details of work arrangements.
Food and Beverage
For quarantine reasons, food cannot be bought onto the island. Personnel will be able to select and prepare their own crib and lunch at Barrow Island.
Alcohol: There are restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol on Barrow Island. Alcohol is limited to four cans of light or mid-strength beer or cider per person per day. Alcohol cannot be taken to the island.
Lifestyle Coordinators organise regular classes and activities for on-island personnel including social club events, gym, tennis, cricket and swimming in the pool. Personnel can access walking tracks and some roads for walking, running and cycling.
The canteens have EFTPOS facilities and sell a limited range of small items such as stamps, toiletries, confectionary and phone cards. Personnel should bring any prescription medications required.
Barrow Island has a well-equipped medical centre staffed by doctors, nurses and paramedics. The medics are available for consultation during the day and are on call at all times in case of an emergency.
A general postal service is available for Barrow Island.
The postal service to and from Barrow Island is also subject to quarantine screening and tests. Prohibited items must not be sent in the mail.
Barrow Island has an arid, sub-tropical climate with highly variable rainfall often associated with cyclones. Below is a summary of average weather conditions throughout the year.
The West Australian Police have established a presence on Barrow Island for the duration of the project.
All rooms in the Construction Village have their own phones. Free public phones are available for use in communal areas in the Fly Camp to call landline numbers.
Telstra's Next G Network provides mobile phone coverage to Barrow Island.
Electronic devices such as mobile phones and mp3 players cannot be taken onto the construction site. Cameras and video recorders or other ‘photography or recording' devices cannot be taken onto any construction sites or any work locations. Such items must also be left at personnel accommodation.
Smoking (including electronic cigarettes) is not permitted in any buildings, accommodation rooms or vehicles. During work times, smoking is limited to designated areas and only during rest and meal breaks. Cigarette butts must not be dropped on the ground and must be deposited in the containers provided.
Vehicles are only permitted to access pre-approved areas on the island; venturing outside these areas or driving vehicles off formed roads is not allowed. To be approved to drive on Barrow Island specific driving training must be completed.
Two 25 metre swimming pools are available in the Construction Village. Swimming or wading in the ocean is prohibited due to strong currents, high tidal movements and highly dangerous marine creatures found in the surrounding waters.
To satisfy our environmental management commitments, project personnel are not permitted to fish while on the island. With a construction workforce expected to exceed 3000 workers, restrictions need to be put in place to minimise the impact on fish in the marine park and surrounding bays.