He added: "The NBN will allow Australians to interact more easily from home with their workplaces and with clients through high-definition multi-party video conferencing. They will be able to quickly transfer large files and use real-time collaborative business tools'¦
"Australia currently lags well behind the leading nations for telework rates and the Government, in our Digital Economy Strategy, has set a goal to double Australia's telework rate by 2020."
(The Digital Economy Strategy included the goal that, by 2020, Australia would have at least doubled its level of teleworking so that at least 12 percent of Australian employees had a teleworking arrangement with their employers.)
National Telework Week will be convened by the Government in partnership with a range of organisations. Its aim will be to encourage as many employers and employees as possible to trial teleworking.
Organisations interested in becoming partners are encouraged to make contact via email@example.com. More details at www.nbn.gov.au/telework. There is also a LinkedIn group, (Telework2020) and a Twitter hashtag (#telework2020).