We’re proud to announce our partnership with Australia’s Department of Broadband, Communications and Economy (DBCDE) to kick of Australia’s first National Telework Week (Nov 12 – 16). Stephen Conroy, the DBCDE Minister, has united more than 100 organizations in support of this big week. The purpose will be to encourage as many employers and employees as possible to trial teleworking.
The DBCDE states that telework “is proving a key feature of the workplace of the future and is expected to make a major contribution to increasing workforce participation opportunities for women with family responsibilities, particularly for those living in affordable housing areas in the outer suburbs and peri urban areas of our major cities.”
Stephen Conroy, the Minister for DBCDE sees telework as cost-saving and productivity tools that can expand the existing skilled labor supply. “An increase in telework can lead to benefits across the economy and community, from big business through to individual workers and families as well as the environment,” Conroy says.
National Telework Week will be packed with events, including:
- Telework Congress with industry leaders speaking on the workforce of the future
- Click Digital Expo, to help local businesses and non-profit organisations ‘survive and thrive’ in the digital economy
- Kick-off of the Anywhere Working Research Network (AWRNA)
- Seminars, workshops, and more!
We love seeing initiatives like this. We know that teleworking in Australia is not unheard of, but it’s exciting to see the government, partner organizations, and so many people come together to support work done anywhere.