The Property Council of Australia has welcomed the Prime Minister’s call for workers to return to the office
The Property Council has applauded the Prime Minister’s message to government and private sector employers that it is “time to get back to the office”.
The Property Council’s office occupancy survey has tracked the rate of occupancy of Australia’s capital city CBDs since the height of the COVID pandemic.
“The benefits of bustling CBDs are significant, not just for the small businesses that rely on city foot traffic, but for the broader Australian economy,” Property Council Chief Executive, Ken Morrison said.
“Melbourne and Sydney have been the cities hardest hit by the COVID disruption and further corporate and government leadership is needed to encourage workers back to the office to bolster this recovery.”
“Building owners and managers are not waiting for government leadership to drive CBD reactivation, we are proactively making the case for workers to return to their offices and reengage with all the benefits of face-to-face working.”
The Property Council has welcomed the National Cabinet’s referral of current office physical distancing guidance to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee for review.
“We need to make sure that physical distancing guidance is clear and appropriate to the current risk profile and not creating an unnecessary or confusing hurdle to workers returning to full productivity,” Mr Morrison said.
Source: Property Council press release