The money is great, but in my experience it really helps to know the right people. DH, his Dad and his brother all work in the industry and the only reason DH got into it was because his Dad helped. DH is a crane driver/rigger and doesn't have a degree. He was found it very hard to get work in WA though. Even with his Dad and brother working there. He has applied for numerous projects and never hears anything. They make it impossible to contact them as well, because they do everything online now. It's a case of "don't call us, we'll call you". It really seems like it is a bit of a closed shop out there, and a massive boys' club - the jobs are all going to mates and relatives - because the money is so good, even for labourers and cleaners, everybody wants their friend/relo to get them a job.
Anyway, DH reckons he is happy to work close to home right now, which is good for us. Having a husband doing FIFO when you have small children is not fun. But when the money is so good, you rationalise that it is worth it in the long run.