The report ‘˜Digital Work Hubs: An Activation Framework for South-East Queensland, Australia’ provides a nine-point activation plan, which recommends establishing a digital work hub community, building resources and conducting further research to determine the impact on health and wellbeing of digital work hubs and their contribution to broader prosperity gains across the region.
Digital Work Hubs are co-located office facilities equipped with the latest information and telecommunication technology, meeting room facilities, event space, kitchens and cafes.
During 2013, the Digital Work Hub Project examined the demand and supply opportunities of such centres in South East Queensland. The project was undertaken by five Regional Development Australia committees (Sunshine Coast, Logan and Redlands, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay and Brisbane).
Presenting an overview of the report, Project Coordinator Bronwyn Buksh said digital work hubs had the potential to provide the catalyst for diverse, vibrant work precincts, and revitalise regional areas.
The report states that workplaces of the future will be designed to connect and facilitate as interconnected hubs, allowing people to work from a variety of locations that suit their needs and wants. The purpose of a digital work hub is also to attract complimentary businesses and services into the area to build local employment, boost productivity, and improve community health and wellbeing.