By Chris Johnson
Australia’s Prime Minister Gillard to enable more to join the workforce
In a speech delivered via video link at a telework conference, Julia Gillard will demonstrate the government’s commitment to enabling 12 per cent of federal public servants to work from home by 2020.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will use additional data in the Deloitte research today to support her commitment to have 12 per cent of the Australian Public Service regularly working from home using high-speed broadband by 2020.
The current level of the APS involved in what is known as ”teleworking” is about 4 per cent.
Teleworking is underpinned by the rollout of the national broadband network and involves working at home one or more days a week using such technology to connect with colleagues and clients.
”Harnessing the benefits of new technology and work patterns will be important for Australia if we are to embrace the opportunities of the Asian century,” Ms. Gillard said.
”That’s why the government is building the NBN and why we want to engage with employers and employees to inform them of the possibilities of telework.
”To drive this, the government will show leadership and commit to a goal of having 12 per cent of the APS regularly teleworking by 2020.
”This will be informed by trials of some government agencies, which will commence next year.”
The Prime Minister will make the announcement via video link from Parliament House into the Telework Congress being held at Melbourne University.
She will launch National Telework Week, and after her presentation will take part in a video link question and answer session.
The Deloitte research suggests teleworking will deliver nationally an extra $3.2 billion a year to the gross domestic product by 2020-21, which will be the equivalent of 25,000 full-time jobs.