NSW Industrial Relations adopts web conferencing

Will cut down on regional travel and training costs

NSW Industrial Relations (NSW IR) is to join the growing number of organisations adopting web conferencing as a means on cutting down on staff travel.

The agency intends to initially use the technology to remotely deliver a range of workshops it runs aimed at assisting NSW employers to move to the Fair Work national industrial relations system during 2010.

Currently, presenters from NSW Industrial Relation travel to metropolitan and regional locations in the state to deliver these seminars.

In agency documents NSW IR said it expected that adopting web conferencing would enable presenters to reach more locations and deliver better value for the private sector employers of the state.

In addition to cutting down on presenter travel, the agency will also utilise the new technology for running staff education and staff meetings for the organisation’s distributed regional offices.

“Such training could include information literacy skills, instruction in new software applications, or teaching on the new national industrial relations system,” the NSW IR documents read.

It is also expected that running staff meetings over the web will cut executive staff time and the costs associated with regional travel, such as fares, petrol, car maintenance and accommodation.

As it was likely that confidential documents could be tabled in staff meetings, the agency said it would opt for a more secure, locally hosted web conferencing solution.

The agency is approaching Citrix, Adobe, WebEx, Avoka Technologies, Intercall and Telstra for a solution.

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