Digital Work Hub Project Posted on December 4, 2013

Launch of Digital Work Hub Project Research Report

Establishing a network of digital work hubs across South-East Queensland could provide the catalyst for revitalising suburban and regional areas by attracting businesses and knowledge workers who choose to live there, according to a research report to be launched in Brisbane on 6 December.

The key findings and recommendations from the report ‘Digital Work Hubs: An Activation Framework for South East Queensland’ will be presented following a year-long collaborative project between five Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees (Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan/Redland, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast).

Click here for a copy of the report.

Digital Work Hubs are vibrant workspaces equipped with the latest information and telecommunication technology, meeting room facilities, event space, kitchens and cafes.

“These workspaces are digitally connected, exciting and ‘Google-esque’ in style,” RDA Gold Coast CEO Ian Pritchard said.

“They allow independent workers such as freelancers, consultants, home-based business operators as well as employees from large private and public organisations to work in a collaborative, creative and connected environment which is close to their home.”

Mr Pritchard said the Digital Work Hub research project provided the opportunity to capture the productivity and social gains from offering these workers the opportunity to work close to home rather than having to live near head office.

“While teleworking from home is now well established, collaborative workspaces are a rapidly emerging area.”

Mr Pritchard said the aim of the Digital Work Hub Project was to examine the opportunities and challenges for establishing a network of digital work hubs across South-East Queensland (SEQ).

The report proposes a nine-point plan:

  • Develop an SEQ Digital Work Hub Activation Model.
  • Engage key stakeholders to support development of digital work hubs in regional centres.
  • Create an SEQ activation team to support and build resources for digital work hubs.
  • Establish a digital work hub community, partnerships and further research.
  • Establish public and/or private sector tenants in regional digital work hubs and provide employees with the option to telework up to three days per week.
  • Recognise the value of private sector employees based in digital work hubs as an alternative to decentralisation.
  • Recognise private sector ownership and management of digital work hubs and promote involvement of local entrepreneurs, service providers and home-based workers.
  • Conduct further research to determine the impact on health and wellbeing of digital work hubs and their contribution to broader prosperity gains across SEQ.
  • Prioritise provision of local road transport infrastructure alongside increased dwellings and services in regional centres to capture long-term productivity gains.

 

Who will benefit from the project research:

  • Public policy and urban planning professionals in digital economy, employment, housing, transport, urban structure and workforce productivity
  • Potential investors in/providers of digital work hub services
  • Commercial private and public sector organisations benefiting from flexibility in employee location and reduction in inner-city office rent.

 

The launch of the research report has already attracted about 100 people representing the public and private sector, investors, operators and general community. Guest speakers include:

  • Professor Max Standage, SEQ RDA Coordination Committee Chair
  • Digital Work Hubs Project Coordinator Bronwyn Buksh – Digital Work Hub Project research summary
  • Barbara Lepani, Dept of Communications Australian Government – The Telework kit 
  • Paul Russell, Dept of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts – Queensland Digital Economy Strategy and telework trial
  • Libby Sander, Work Club Gold Coast co-founder - Future of coworking space
  • Mark Forbes, Moreton Bay Regional Council – Coworking pilot in Moreton Bay
  • Nick Shrewing and Jonah Merchant, Biz Dojo NZ co-founders– Powering growth via coworking, connecting places activities and people. Opportunities for SEQ.
  • Brad Krauskopf, CEO Hub Australia and Third Spaces – Coworking network across Australia

 

Digital Work Hub Project results launch

Date: Friday, 6 December 2013

Time: 9.30am for 10am start. 12pm networking and light lunch

Venue: The Edge (Auditorium), Brisbane State Library complex

 

Enquiries to Ian Pritchard 0431 402 919

 

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