Without wanting to get all serious, Mining Family Matters would like you to note the following …


The contents of remain the property of Mining Family Matters. Permission must be granted before any information can be reproduced in any form. The same applies to our suite of publications, namely: Mining Families Rock; The Survival Guide for Mining Families; The Survival Guide for Families in Oil & Gas; Working Away: A Survival Guide for Families and the Canadian Working Away guide.


Mining Family Matters aims to break down the barriers of isolation and the stresses of living away from family and friends. Although this website provides general advice from a psychologist and practical tips from mining families, the content should never be regarded as a substitute for professional health services or crisis services. Always speak to your doctor or specialist provider for advice on a specific medical condition.

In Australia: to talk with a trained volunteer telephone counsellor at any time of the day or night, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. To contact the info line at beyondblue: national depression initiative, phone 1300 22 4636. 

In Canada: if you require urgent assistance, call 9-1-1. For links to non-urgent counselling services, visit the Canadian Mental Health Association website at

Additional listings, information and links to other websites and companies are also intended for general use. Mining Family Matters can naturally assume no responsibility for the information provided and disclaims all liability with respect to such information. We recommend that you exercise all necessary caution and investigate fully any product or service listed or advertised.

Privacy policy

At Mining Family Matters, we take your privacy seriously. We wouldn’t want a website distributing our contact details to third parties, so we wouldn’t do it to you either.

Our privacy policy is in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and National Privacy Principles. In accordance with this, we:

Any personal information you provide on the Mining Family Matters website or via other contact methods (telephone or email) is maintained in private files on our secure web server. We may disclose certain specific information about you if we are required to do so by law, governmental request or court order or based on our good faith belief that it is necessary to conform or comply.

While this privacy policy states our standards for maintenance of data and we will make efforts to meet them, we are not in a position to guarantee these standards. There may be factors beyond our control that may result in disclosure of data. As a consequence, we disclaim any warranties or representations relating to maintenance or nondisclosure of data.

If you have any concerns, please contact us or the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

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