Australia’s Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) is establishing four national stakeholder groups to promote teleworking as an economic advantage of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Broadband-enabled teleworking also is critical to engaging people living in remote communities on future projects to help develop the Virtual Australia (national environmental modelling) vision.
Following its Telework Week promotion in November 2012, the DBCDE is signing up organisations as Telework Partners and forming four specialised stakeholder engagement networks. These are:
> Telework leadership and management: to address management resistance and the development of skills to manage and operate in increasingly virtual workplaces.
> Anywhere working research: to build collaboration and research to underpin evidence-based policy to support telework and working anywhere.
> Sustainable digital cities: to help urban development and transport professionals to understand the potential impacts on urban form of digital technologies, especially via the spread of smart work centres.
> Workforce participation and social inclusion: to work with the not-for-profit sector and other stakeholders to facilitate more workforce participation and greater social inclusion through digital technologies.
DBCDE’s Telework Partner Liaison Officer, Barbara Lepani, said that one of the goals of the Telework initiative would be to promote new debates on planning Australian transport systems and urban centres in response to the demographic changes that will evolve from ubiquitous teleworking.