The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a key enabler of many economic, social, technological and environmental developments for Australia. However, for Australian businesses to realise the opportunities of the growing digital economy being enabled by the NBN, every Australian will need to improve their digital literacy and ICT skills.

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To take advantage of the emerging NBN-enabled digital economy, businesses need to know how to promote themselves online, as well as, sell, communicate and provide a service online through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

New ways of working are being made possible through the NBN, such as telework and micro-work. These are changing and challenging the way work is being done by offering businesses the opportunity to recruit and retain staff that are looking for a work-life balance or from outside their geographical boundary. It is also enabling efficiencies through lower workplace overheads or by allowing businesses to outsource small components of their work to independent, online contractors.

To take advantage of these opportunities, however, businesses, government departments and community organisations will need to ensure their workforce has the skills and abilities to effectively function in a digital world.

Managing the digital capability of staff and volunteers requires an analysis of the opportunities a digital economy offers a business, which then highlights the current and future digital workforce development requirements of an organisation. Workforce development, on all levels, is a high priority in Australia, with National and some State funding available.

To also support this need, the Workforce Development in the Digital Age – Preparing your staff for the NBN Webinar will be held on Wednesday 20 February at 12.30 pm EST.

Participants will access and learn how to use tools to:

  • analysis the digital opportunities being made available through the NBN
  • evaluate current digital capability and future digital needs of their workforce
  • develop an NBN-ready Workforce Development Plan

The webinar will be presented by Allison Miller, Director, Vanguard Visions Consulting and Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint.

The webinar is part of the “Digital Capability – Doing it Smarter” program, which aims to support the development of digital capability in individuals so they can work and learn smarter in a digital world.

For more information, and to register for this webinar, go to: or contact or 0400 732 270.

Workforce Development in the Digital Age – Preparing your staff for the NBN

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