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The Flexible and Efficient Workplace Design Guidance - RMG 506


-- This has been superseded by RMG 500 – Commonwealth Property Management Framework. Refer to: --


The Commonwealth Property Management Framework (Property Framework) establishes the broad policy environment within which Non-corporate Commonwealth Entities (entities) subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) must govern and undertake their own property management activities in a transparent and informed manner. 

The Flexible and Efficient Workplace Design Guidance (the Guidance) is a better practice guide designed to assist entities subject to the PGPA Act to incorporate efficient and effective workplace design into their accommodation planning which is consistent with the Property Framework.

The Guidance looks at key considerations for workplace design, including balancing competing business needs, implementing an accommodation solution, and managing the opportunities and risks associated with the project.

Many of the practices described in the guidance are based on contemporary private sector practices, which have already been incorporated by some entities. In line with the Property Framework, individual entities are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements. However, entities may elect to consider this Guidance when evaluating options and making decisions in relation to their current and/or future work practices.

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The Guidance is separated into three parts:

  • Part A – Changes in workplace design - discusses the objectives of the Guidance and describes some of the main issues related to implementing and managing change in the office environment
  • Part BWorkplace design solutions -discusses some of the specific workplace design practices that may assist in achieving more efficient and effective workplace design
  • Part CDesign tools and case studies - includes detailed information on workstation types, design standards and a suggested structure for a fit-out manual.

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