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Teleworking - Is the switch from congested highways to the digital highway going to make enough difference?

Author: Sue Wiblin

Recent local and global research examining the linkage between teleworking and transport points to reductions in the numbers of trips, vehicle kilometres travelled and pollutant emissions.

According to the National Digital Economy Strategy a 10 per cent increase in Australian employees that telework 50 per cent of the time would save an estimated 120 million litres of fuel, avoid 320,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (equivalent to $6 million worth of emissions) and reduce traffic at peak periods by five per cent. The resulting reduction of $470 million in congestion costs would have a flow-on benefit of reducing strain on infrastructure.

Might the shift from congested highways to the digital highway be a key factor in addressing congestion and resource management or will the removal of teleworkers from our roadways see only an emergence of latent travel demand?

This paper:

  1. Summaries and reports on key finding
  2. Analyses the findings in a number of key thematic areas:
    • Targets for Public and Private sectors for teleworkers
    • The teleworker ‘profile’ – is modal type and length of journey a factor in the decision to telework?
    • Employment opportunities in rural/remote areas or areas not well served by public transport – the teleworker of tomorrow may be a today’s non-commuter?
    • Teleworking and the new commuter – transit station or business class lounge?
    • Taxation incentives for home workers – teleworking full time?
  3. Offers a conclusion and identifies research gaps.