Abstract: Companies involved in resource development in Australia face problems similar to those found in remote areas of Canada. In the late 1980s the proliferation of gold mining activities in Western Australia was largely responsible for growth of long-distance commuting in Australia. From the standpoint of the mining companies, the system offers considerable cost savings over the conventional alternative of building permanent accommodation for workers and their families in outback regions of Australia. However, long-distance commuting also raises important policy implications for governments attempting to promote regional development.
Notes: historical perspective