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The Australian government reaps benefits from telework and looks to expand services

August 10, 2012
at 8:12 am PST

At Cisco we believe that when governments keep pace with the latest technologies they improve efficiency and better serve their constituents.

Australia is known as a government at the forefront of technological innovation. Since 2009 the Australian government has rolled out 36 Cisco TelePresence units across Australia, in Commonwealth offices, Prime Minister and Cabinet offices, Parliament House and state government offices.

The Australian Government has participated in more than 1800 meetings via Cisco TelePresence and has saved more than $26 million in travel costs since deploying in 2009. This is double the amount of savings the country anticipated, according to a recent ZDNet article. So it’s no surprise that the country is looking to expand its telepresence usage.

While saving millions of dollars is an accomplishment worth celebrating, the environmental benefits are also significant (especially when considering how many pollutants one Cisco employee estimated he saved during a simple 3-day telework pledge).

It is clear that Australia is evolving into a modern government that recognizes the busy lives of its minsters and embraces high-technology solutions that enable more effective telework initiatives.  Australia also recently announced a telehealth initiative and has committed $620 million to this cause, which is aimed at increasing the acceptance of telehealth among physician and aged care providers and physicians and hospitals in remote and regional Australia.

Australia’s minister, Gary Grey spoke previously to Cisco about how telepresence is enabling better decision making, improving discussions and helping to more easily connect multiple levels of government more efficiently and in a life-like setting.

Do you think Australia is ahead of the times with its use of telepresence or are other countries just behind?

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