GOAL: By 2020, the level of telework in Australia will have doubled so that at least 12 per cent of employees will have a formal telework arrangement.
To advance our progress toward this goal, the Government will:
- Coordinate an annual National Telework Week
- Trial telework using high-speed broadband in seven Commonwealth departments and agencies during 2013
- Advertise telework opportunities in Australian Public Service (APS) job vacancies from July 2014
- Promote the benefits of telework in public debates on measures to address traffic congestion and engage with private sector leaders in telework.
Research has shown that if 10 per cent of Australian employees were to telework 50 per cent of the time, the total annual gains to the Australian economy would be around of $1.4 $1.9 billion and that by 2020 21, the workplace participation impacts of NBN enabled telework could grow the annual GDP by $3.2 billion, and create the equivalent of an additional 25,000 full time jobs. Telework can elicit significant benefits when implemented successfully.
See Chapter 16: Telework of the Advancing Australia as a Digital Economy: Update to the National Digital Economy Strategy for more information.