Remote Working around the ACT

In 2006 6,638 people commuted from regional areas like Palerang, Yass Valley, Gouburn and the Upper Lachlan into the ACT (ABS Census). This has social, cultural, environmental and economic impacts on small towns and villages across the region.  Because of this, Sustaining our towns is researching the potential for increased remote work, either from home or from tele-commuting hubs located in towns and villages around Canberra.  The goal is to develop a plan of action to get increased remote work happening in the short to medium term in region surrounding the ACT.

Remote Work Options around the ACT Report

The Remote Work Options around the ACT Report summarises the results of research into teleworking options for the ACT region undertaken through the Sustaining our Towns project.  The report:

  • Presents the results of a commuter survey undertaken in the ACT region;
  • Summarises current overseas best practice;
  • Examines both the barriers and opportunities for increased telework in the ACT region;
  • Identifies current ACT employer frameworks for remote or telework;
  • Presents the business case for a telework hub located in Bungendore; and
  • Makes recommendations for moving towards increased telework across the south east NSW region

Download the Remote Work Options Around the ACT Final Report April

Public Meeting with the Pollies to present Report Findings

Sustaining Our Towns and PLANS will co-host a Public Meeting on Wednesday 28th March 7pm at Bungendore Council Chambers with Dr Mike Kelly MP and Mr John Barilaro MP (subject to approval of parliamentary leave) attending.

This meeting will be the launch of the SOT/PLANS Report on Remote Work Options around the ACT (above). We will be reporting the findings of our commuter and employer surveys, and the case for one or more remote work hubs (hireable office space) in the Bungendore Region.  We will also be discussing solutions to our patchy telecommunications services more generally as rural residents’ capacity to work from home or in a rural centre relies so directly on this.

Residents at Captains Flat will be able to join the meeting via a Skype link. Contact Mel Hillery or the Captains Flat Community Association for further information.

For any other enquiries or to receive a copy of the report contact Mel Hillery (PLANS/SOT) at  or 0427 440 335.

Mike Kelly Public Meeting March 28th ad v2

Remote work survey (CLOSED)

A key component of our remote work research project was an online survey to assess the level of interest in increased home or regional tele-centre based work, and the services required to make increased remote work viable for both employees and employers.  Our remote work survey is now closed.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

Bungendore tele-working meeting

The project held a public meeting in Bungendore on Tuesday 29 November 2011 to discuss increased remote work from home and via possible tele-commuting centres in the Palerang Shire.  The meeting generated valuable discussion about a range of issues and opportunities related to increased remote work, which have been integrated into the project Report.  A presentation made by Melinda Hillery on the night contains valuable information about the topic of increased remote work, and the current scenario within the ACT and across the region.  Download the Smart futures for the ACT region powerpoint.

More information

For further information on the project please contact: Melinda Hillery 0427 440 335 or


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