Pilbara Industry's Community Council (PICC) is a unique concept established in 2006 through which Pilbara member companies (BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Chevron Australia, Fortescue Metals Group, North West Shelf venture, Rio Tinto Iron Ore and Woodside) have committed to work in collaboration with the Australian, Western Australian, Local Governments and Pilbara communities to address two specific and inter-related priority outcomes:

  • The development of a shared vision and strategy to increase indigenous participation in employment in the Pilbara, including strategies to reduce gaps in education and training, health, and housing; and
  • Development of a shared vision and strategy in relation to the sustainability of Pilbara towns.

PICC has undertaken a number of innovative projects over the past several years including the development of the Pilbara Health Initiative, a review of education in the Pilbara, and forecasting for employment and population projections in the region.

People for the Pilbara

PICC Pilbara Population and Employment Projections to 2020

This new report provides a detailed population and employment outlook for the Pilbara to 2020, and outlines recommendations for the development requirements to support the area’s rapid population growth as the resources sector continues to develop.

These projections are valuable for both industry and government, for future planning and investment decisions and will help local communities plan and prepare for growth in their regions.

The report forecasts:

  • Total resource sector employment in the Pilbara is expected to grow to 65,500 by 2014, up from over 51,000 in 2011.
  • The construction workforce will peak at 27,300 this year, and will then begin to fall.
  • The operations workforce is expected to grow steadily to 51,600 by 2020, a 63.3% increase from 31,600 in 2011.
  • By 2014, there will be a further 1,600 resource sector workers living in the Pilbara, totalling approximately 8,000 workers.
  • The Pilbara population is expected to grow by between 12,700 and 16,300, suggesting a total Pilbara population of between 72,600 and 76,200 by 2020.
  • There will be a significant increase in housing required in the Pilbara. From the 2011 Census base of 20,700 private dwellings, there is anticipated to be demand for a further 4,395 up until 2020.

Click here to download the summary of the report

Click here to download the full report

A Matter of Choice: Capturing the FIFO Opportunity in Pilbara Communities

A new publication examines fly-in fly-out (FIFO) in the Pilbara, showcases the effort and actions of resources companies to provide high quality worker accommodation, identifying positive impacts, as well as strategies to limit possible negative impacts to local communities. The document contains a set of guiding principles for the operation of FIFO workforce accommodation near neighbouring towns and communities that can be adopted by PICC Member companies.

Industry is very supportive of viable, liveable communities and focuses on improving the regions in which they operate however construction work is short-term and expecting all workers to take up permanent resident in regional towns is unrealistic. Expecting resource companies to develop new towns in remote areas is similarly unrealistic.

FIFO is about providing choice for workers and in a competitive labour market, employee choice is paramount. Choice of what job they do, who they work for and importantly of where they choose to live.

The publication focuses on ways companies can and do deliver benefits to regional communities through FIFO, how to apply best practice in FIFO integration and also current in-town Pilbara FIFO practices.

Download A Matter of Choice

PICC Pilbara Health Initiative 2009 – 2014

The PICC Pilbara Health Initiative was awarded a 2012 Premier’s Award, as the Category Winner for Revitalising the Regions.

The Pilbara Health Initiative (PHI) has made significant inroads into enhancing health services in the Pilbara since the innovative $38.2 million State Government and industries partnership was announced two years ago.
Some of the PHI’s achievements include:

  • an increase in medical specialists;
  • new hospital equipment;
  • increased paramedic services;
  • emergency management training;
  • the introduction of Aboriginal Liaison Officers in hospital emergency departments; and
  • an increase in Aboriginal staff, leadership training and scholarships.

The PHI is a five-year partnership between the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program and the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s Pilbara Industry’s Community Council (PICC) Health initiative members (BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, North West Shelf Joint Venture, Rio Tinto and Woodside Energy) to boost health services in the Pilbara.

As a result of the PHI, more than 200 staff in the Pilbara have received emergency management training, nearly 3500 scans have been completed on Nickol Bay Hospital’s new CT scanner, and children across the West Pilbara are receiving timely paediatric care.

The PHI has helped in the establishment of community paramedics in Newman, Karratha and Wickham. Newman now boasts one of the highest numbers of volunteer ambulance officers in Western Australia and has been used as the model for the rollout of more than 18 more community paramedics across the State.

In addition, the PHI-funded Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) is rapidly becoming the benchmark for Aboriginal engagement, training and leadership in health across Western Australia.
The IEP has worked to more greatly engage the Aboriginal community and has increased the number of Aboriginal health staff beyond expectations, provided 14 scholarships to support Aboriginal staff in WACHS Pilbara in their studies, and conducted a range of leadership and cultural awareness training, as well as the region’s first Open Space Forum on Aboriginal health.”

The PHI-funded Aboriginal Liaison Officers (ALO), based at Newman and Port Hedland hospitals, have also been a success, assisting more than 1800 Aboriginal people presenting at the emergency departments since December 2010.

The PICC Pilbara Health Initiative is an excellent example of Government and Industry working together towards a common goal in regional areas.

To view the Pilbara Health Initiative website at WA Country Health Service click link here:

Pilbara Population and Employment Projections 2010

These projections undertaken in 2010, were widely recognised as the most accurate and reliable work undertaken in the area and as a result form an important part of the WAPC Pilbara Planning and Infrastructure Framework released by the State Government in January 2012. These projections have recently been updated in the “People for the Pilbara” report, to reflect the increased growth in the resource sector in the Pilbara.

Download Executive Summary: PICC Population Projections
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Pilbara Education, Training and Employment Review 2007/2008

The review was undertaken by PICC to evaluate the relative success and failure of programs in the Pilbara, perform a gap analysis, and help in preparing a strategic and coordinated approach and vision for education in the Pilbara.

The review was undertaken by PICC to evaluate the relative success and failure of programs in the Pilbara, perform a gap analysis, and help in preparing a strategic and coordinated approach and vision for education in the Pilbara.

Download Executive Summary: PICC Education Review
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PICC Terms of Reference

  • Provide a forum for PICC's members to co-ordinate existing and proposed industry, community and Government sponsored programmes designed to address PICC's two core objectives. 
  • Identify the key drivers of the Pilbara economy and provide a forum for collaboration and co-ordination between industry, community and Government to maximise opportunities for positive change in the region. 
  • Consult with Local, State and Commonwealth agencies concerning programs, plans and financial arrangements relating to PICC’s two core objectives. 
  • Increase key stakeholder and community awareness of industry and government initiatives through effective and timely communication.




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