Distributed work centres

Lead agency: 
Housing and Public Works
Start date: 
April 2016
End date: 


The Queensland Government Accommodation office has been successfully managing Distributed Work Centres (DWCs) in key commuter corridors since April 2016.

The establishment of DWCs is one of the many ways the Queensland Government is enabling flexible and modern work practices for government employees and helping to position the Queensland Government for a more agile future.

What is a DWC?

A DWC is a designated office space in a location that is remote from an employee’s primary office location. These centres have been established in vacant or underused office space in the government’s property portfolio.

Registered Queensland Government employees can work up to 3 days per week from a DWC as agreed with their manager. Employees work their remaining days from their normal office location in the Brisbane CBD.


The DWCs currently operating are:

  • Ipswich 
  • Robina 
  • Maroochydore 
  • Logan


Since the beginning of the project, we have regularly surveyed participants and their managers. The results of these surveys clearly demonstrate the project is meeting its objectives.

The program has a steadily growing membership, with over 250 participants from various agencies. It’s not surprising that feedback and testimonials from participating employees and their managers has been overwhelmingly positive.

Employees working closer to home benefit from:

  • less time and cost commuting to and from work
  • better work/life balance
  • greater trust between managers and their team.

The organisation benefits by:

  • reducing absenteeism
  • increasing productivity
  • improving inclusion and diversity
  • creating networking and collaboration opportunities with other agencies
  • supporting agencies’ changing accommodation needs.


DWC project manager
DWC [at] hpw.qld.gov.au