Community pressure has prompted BHP to offer a drive-in, drive-out option for workers at its Pilbara mines so they can achieve a better work/life balance by living locally.
The announcement comes as the mining giant looks to cut hundreds of white-collar jobs across its Australian offices, including an expected 200 redundancies from its human resources, finance and technology functions in Perth.
Starting this month, jobs at BHP’s Eastern Ridge and Jimblebar operations east of Newman will be advertised with a residential drive-in, drive-out option.
Both sites have traditionally been fly-in, fly-out operations.
Later this year, the so-called DIDO option will be expanded to include workers at BHP’s Mining Area C, Yandi and the company’s new South Flank project.