Ben­e­fits of tele­work­ing there for all

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TELE­WORK­ING can and should play an im­por­tant role in lift­ing Aus­tralia’s eco­nomic prospects, says KPMG Aus­tralia.

It says work­ing from a lo­ca­tion other than the of­fice can help peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in the work­force while jug­gling other ac­tiv­i­ties such as care or life­style needs.

Chief econ­o­mist Nicki Hut­ley says em­ploy­ers who pro­vide tele­work ar­range­ments can bet­ter re­cruit and re­tain staff and ex­pe­ri­ence re­duced ab­sen­teeism.

‘‘ Tele­work­ing also en­ables greater par­tic­i­pa­tion by older work­ers and those with dis­abil­i­ties,’’ she says.

‘‘ There are peo­ple look­ing to leave the rat race of the city and move to re­gional ar­eas where they feel they would have a bet­ter qual­ity of life.

‘‘ If busi­ness and government con­tinue to adopt the right tech­nol­ogy in­fra­struc­ture, like cloud tech­nol­ogy, for ex­am­ple, the bur­den on our cities and ur­ban ar­eas can be eased.’’

KPMG re­search shows if par­tic­i­pa­tion rates for the 55 to 64-year age group in­crease by 7 per cent, it would raise to­tal GDP in 10 years by $25 bil­lion, or 1.4 per cent.

It also finds there are 200,000 peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties or spe­cial needs who are pre­pared to work from home or a lo­cal work hub, pro­vided they have the right sup­port.

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