New government policy to create flexible work hubs
The NSW Government has approved a new office accommodation policy that will encourage greater workplace flexibility for government sector employees, and enhanced collaboration across the public sector.
CEO of Property NSW, Brett Newman, said the office accommodation policy contained principles to inform government office spaces of the future, with a focus on co-locating agencies in government office hubs in key strategic Sydney CBD, metropolitan and regional centres.
“With the Government reducing its Sydney CBD office footprint and moving to a fully flexible government sector workforce, we’re committed to ensuring our property portfolio can deliver improved outcomes for workers and better value for money for taxpayers,” Mr Newman said.
“At present, government office accommodation across the Sydney CBD, metropolitan and regional areas is highly fragmented, costly and of varying quality.
“Our hubs strategy will focus on co-locating staff across departments with shared facilities, helping to break down silos and ultimately encouraging better collaboration across government.”
The hubs strategy will initially focus on Sydney’s CBD, where the NSW Government has more than 300,000sqm of leased space across 50 buildings.
As the manager of the State’s significant property portfolio, Property NSW has been tasked with developing the policy. Mr Newman, said that as the State’s largest employer, the NSW Government needed to embrace the move to flexible working.
“The workplace is changing and, as the State’s largest tenant, we are increasingly looking to flexible work hubs that allow government employees the option of working from multiple locations in collaborative work spaces with better facilities,” Mr Newman said.
“Moving towards open, flexible work hubs will reduce travel times for many staff, make us more efficient and reduce the Government’s exposure to rising costs, especially in Sydney’s CBD.”
Between now and 2020, the Government is delivering more than 140,000m2 of open, flexible and collaborative office space across metropolitan and regional locations.
This includes new or refurbished office space in: Phillip St and 4 Parramatta Square, Parramatta; Macquarie Park; Gosford; The Rocks; Sydney Olympic Park; Orange, and Liverpool.
Property NSW will continue to consult with cluster departments on their office accommodation requirements over the coming months to help inform the rollout of the policy.
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