NBN rollout set to boost number of home offices
AS THE National Broadband Network (NBN) gets rolled out across Ipswich, expect to see a rise in people setting up home offices.
Research commissioned by NBN Co found that one in 10 Australians would work from home more often if they had a better internet connection.
While working from home via the internet, or teleworking, is primarily the domain of knowledge workers, fast home internet could also allow workers in other sectors to start their own home business.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said more small home businesses could strengthen the city's economy.
"It also potentially introduces greater resilience in the economy through diversification as work from home activities can be carried out by owner-operator businesses," Cr Pisasale said.
For Ipswich residents currently travelling into the Brisbane CBD, working from home can save lots of time and money.
A Goodna resident working in Brisbane, travelling five days a week to the city, would save more than $55 a week by working from home fulltime.
A resident in the heart of Ipswich would save nearly $70 a week.
Associate Professor in Transport Management at the University of Sydney, Stephen Greaves, said it wasn't just people who gave up the commute who would benefit.
"For those who do travel there will be less traffic and more seats available on public transport," he said.
"It's better for you to travel if others aren't travelling."
Another benefit of working from home was the time saved by not travelling, which could mean more time to spend with the family, according to Associate Professor Greaves.
"On those one or two days a week that you work from home you have more flexibility," he said.
NBN fixed-line service is currently available to homes in parts of Ipswich, Goodna, Redbank, Redbank Plains and Collingwood Park.
Work has started to build fixed-line services in Bundamba, Carole Park, Coalfalls, Gailes, New Chum, North Booval, Wacol, West Ipswich and Woodend.
To check if your house is able to connect to the NBN go to nbnco.com.au
Cr Pisasale said the rollout should not prioritise some suburbs over others in favour of certain professions.
"All areas within Ipswich, that currently do not have NBN rollout, are worthy of accelerated broadband deployment to support activities such as teleworking," Cr Pisasale said.
"Often the ability to take up work from home arrangements is determined by an employer rather than just on the basis of availability of NBN."