Coffs connects to jobs of the future
COFFS Harbour has been highlighted in a new study which has found the rise of fast internet in regional Australia will boost innovation over the next 15 years.
The Super Connected Jobs report by demographer Bernard Salt explores how the widespread access to fast broadband could shape the future of the Australian workforce and change how people are confined by working hours and location.
It says new technology will encourage a new wave of entrepreneurs in regional centres like Coffs Harbour as more people embark on "small and agile businesses' pop-ups".
Coffs Harbour-based C3 Group general manager Brian Townley said the trick for local businesses would be to learn how to yield the NBN as a tool for their workplaces.
"Technological shifts means there is a growing expectation to have a sound, reliable connection to stay competitive," Mr Townley said.
"It removes the limitation of being regional - if you want the tree change or rural lifestyle you can work in the city while still being regional."
A key finding in the report also found the rising digital age would spark an increase in entrepreneurialism including small and home businesses.
It estimates the Australian labour market will rise by three million workers by 2030 with young people looking for alternative employment, a secure lifestyle, and agile business opportunities outside major cities.