Australia's best tech talent

Melbourne Tech City is home to Australia's tech talent

It's often said about a company that its most valuable asset is its people. So it is for a city and it's the quality of our people that makes Melbourne the thriving global city it is today.

Melbourne has a highly skilled, business savvy, multilingual and culturally aware pool of tech talent. INSEAD ranks Australia second in the Asia Pacific region and 6th in the world in its Global Talent Index.1 Victoria is the most educated state in Australia with more than half of all Victorians aged 20-64 holding post secondary qualifications and a quarter with a university degree - the highest proportion of all Australian states - making Victoria one of the most highly educated states in Australia.2

As Jack Dorsey, Chair and CEO of Square and Twitter, says, "We continue to see a lot of talent come through, we’re here and hiring amazing tech talent"

Melbourne produces more tech graduates than any other Australian city. It has the country's biggest pipeline of fresh tech talent, led by world-class universities and advanced technical colleges. Over one-third of Australia's tech postgraduates studied at a Victorian university.3

Industry based learning is a primary focus for post-secondary education and training institutions. Graduates of Melbourne's well-regulated and vibrant technical colleges receive nationally recognised qualifications for over 1,400 accredited courses.  Melbourne recently ranked first in the global human capital and lifestyle index.4

Melbourne proudly sees itself as a 'knowledge city'. Melbourne is the leading education destination for international students in Australia and ranks 3rd in the world.5

In the wider context, the global talent index recently ranked Australia as 2nd in the Asia Pacific region and 7th in the world.5 Global talent contributes to Melbourne's world‑class skills pipeline.  Annually, over 2,500 international tech graduates and many short‑term tech specialist workers add to the rich mix of available skills.6

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) Victorian Spatial Council
The Digital Industry Association of Australia (AIMIA) Victoria eHealth Network
Australian Computer Society (ACS) Telecommunications Association Inc (TelSoc)
Game Developers Association of Australia (GDAA) Victorian ICT for Women network
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)  
IBM Research Laboratory AustraliaCentre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications
Victoria University's Centre for Applied Informatics (CAI)
  1. INSEAD, Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2017
  2. ABS, cat. no. 6227.0, May 2017.
  3. Department of Education, 2016 Award Course Completion
  4. fDi Magazine – Global Cities of the Future 2014/15
  5. QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, QS Best Student Cities 2018
  6. Department of Education 2016.