Melbourne Tech City

Victoria's ICT industry is substantial, generating A$34 billion in revenue annually and directly employing around 91,300 people. It is internationally competitive, generating exports of around A$2.5 billion annually.

Melbourne is Australia's technology hub with more than half of Australia's top 20 technology companies. Victoria's ICT industry has over 8,000 companies, including many international firms such as IBM, Microsoft and Intel.

The ICT industry workforce underpins innovation and competitiveness across Victoria's economy and accounts for approximately 31 per cent of Australia's ICT workforce.

Some of Victoria's key ICT strengths are in:

  • Software development
  • Cloud technology
  • Digital games
  • Mobility technology
  • Social networks
  • Data analytics

Technology skills and capabilities are foundational to Victoria's economic growth. In this unique and transformative sector, a continued focus on ICT skills and our ICT workforce is needed to meet current, future and new demand.

Melbourne produces many successful games, learning applications, online retail solutions, advertising campaigns and is the only international city outside of the USA to host the world-renowned ultimate gaming expo – Penny Arcade Expo (PAX). 'Real Racing 3' is an example of a mobile game app produced in Melbourne by the country's largest games studio (Electronic Arts).

World-class universities for education and research
Deakin University Swinburne University
Federation University University of Melbourne
Latrobe University Victoria University
Monash University Australian Catholic University
RMIT University  
Sector clusters for collaboration and cross fertilisation
Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information and Technology Association ANZ (GITA)
Victorian ICT for Women networkVictoria eHealth Network
Australian Computer Society (ACS)  
Game Developers Association of Australia (GDAA)  
Telecommunications Association Inc (TelSoc)
 
Melbourne's ICT research institutes
Melbourne Networked Society Institute The Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interface
Defence Science Institute (DSI) The Centre for Technology Infusion
National ICT Australia (NICTA) The Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures (CAIA)
Swinburne Software Innovation Lab Victoria University's Centre for Applied Informatics (CAI)
IBM Research Laboratory Australia Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications
International investors already in Melbourne's ICT ecosystem
Agilent Technologies Pactera Square
Electronic Arts (EA Games) SGI Lockheed
Eventbrite Siemens Dexler
Fujitsu Alcatel-Lucent Zendesk
HCL TCS SAP
HP Birlasoft Thales
iGate Capgemini Xero
IBM Infosys Leidos
Microsoft Mahindra Satyam JMR
NEC Ericsson Luma Pictures
Some of the local (and internationally renowned) ICT firms
Aconex KineticIT
Computershare nSynergy
Interactive Aussie Commerce Group
Melbourne IT CSL
Seek Premier Technologies
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Sources

  1. Department of Education - Higher Education Statistics Data Cube (uCube) 
  2. fDi Magazine – Global Cities of the Future 2014/15
  3. QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, QS Best Student Cities 2014
  4. Economist Intelligence Unit, Heidrick & Struggles Global Talent Index, Outlook to 2015.
  5. Department of Education - Higher Education Statistics Data Cube (uCube) 2013.
  6. Competitive Alternatives KPMG's Guide to International Business Location Costs, 2014 Edition
  7. Ibid.
  8. Australian Research Council, Excellence in Research Australia 2012 National Report,  (Next report available 2015)
  9. Australian Bureau of Statistics
  10. Ibid.