Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), Australia’s peak representative body for the tech sector has announced it will move its headquarters to Melbourne.

In addition Melbourne will continue to host the AIIA National iAwards events as the major sponsor for the next four years, cementing Victoria’s position as Australia’s tech capital.

The National iAwards is the leading awards program for the technology industry, recognising and rewarding entries from startups, government, corporates and students from across the nation.

The AIIA National iAwards is the centrepiece of Victoria’s annual Digital Innovation Festival, celebrating the tech talent and ideas that help give Victoria our competitive edge.

Moving into its 26th year, the AIIA iAwards recognise Australia’s leading digital technology innovators. Nominations for the 2019 awards are already open, with early bird applications closing on 4 February 2019.

Victoria's tech sector employs more than 117,000 people, and it's growth will position Victoria as a major technology hub of the Asia Pacific.

The establishment of AIIA headquarters in Melbourne will boost opportunities for Victorian businesses to work together and grow the performance of numerous local industries.

The AIIA will continue to have a strong national presence with local offices in Sydney and Canberra and state council activities in all states.

Of the move to Melbourne. AIIA CEO Ron Gauci says, Following the success of the 2018 AIIA National iAwards ceremony in Melbourne, we’re excited to continue our work with the Victorian Government over the next four years.”

“Melbourne is a great base for our national headquarters as we look to further enhance the reputation of Australia’s leading awards program for the technology industry and pursue our strategic imperatives of innovation, skills and digitisation of the economy.”