Government & For Benefit
Can you imagine life in Australia without Vegemite, the Hills Hoist or the Victa lawnmower? Ever wondered how Aussie inventions were able to hold their own against our global competitors. A big part is due to the protection and support provided by Australia's agency for Intellectual Property and Patents, IP Australia. An agency whose foundation is about identifying and nurturing innovation.
IP Australia are dipping their toe in the water by running a pilot to re-define a workplace that encourages innnovation, connection and flexiblity. Using a combination of workplace surveys, leader engagement, and co design with the business to define a functional design for a flexible pilot space, including design concepts, technology requirements as well as people, culture and leadership opportunities. IP Australia is now testing out a pilot environment to understand the actual benefits of working in a more agile way.See more
The Department of Premier and Cabinet wanted to reduce the taxpayer costs associated with real estate and reduce the levels of wasted space. They relocated to less expensive premises and adopted an activity-based style of working, where staff move around to the spaces they need rather than anchoring indivduals to static locations. This alternative strategy is estimated to achieve net savings of $90 million over the next 12 years.
Transitioning more than 1,750 staff from multiple locations and helping them to reduce unnecessary filing and documents took a great deal of personalised support. The complex relocation strategy required several relocation windows to maintain business continuity.Read more
CH2 is a visionary building leading the way in ecologically sustainable design and facility management. Moving the Melbourne City Council into this very impressive, wooden clad building required the consolidation of five sites fraom across Melbourne's CBD into the newly completed Council House 2, a revolutionary new “Green Design Building” with landmark technology.Read more
The ATO has a strong focus on enhancing its capabilities to better serve the community. Key priorities include building the capabilities and engagement of its people, growing its modern technology and enhancing workplace flexibility.
To better understand the impact of a flexible, versatile physical space on the way the ATO works, the Property and Facilities Management team based at Collins Street in Melbourne trialled an alternative, activity based environment that saw the team as well as some other business units work flexibly across a range of different workspaces.
The project evaluated the outcomes of this pilot over a three to six month period, including workplace observations, focus groups, leader interviews and a workplace survey.