Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is producing music, turning fashion design digital, creating 3D films and enhancing the way we watch sport.
The new term, "ICT", recognises that technology is now as much about communication as it is about information. It’s broader than it’s ever been.
No other industries are as diverse as ICT and few other skills are so flexible and universal. It’s the stuff that keeps us at the cutting edge. It is professional, rewarding, creative, young and fast-paced.
The world-wide demand for ICT solutions needed in business, government and the community requires now, and in the future, a highly skilled and dynamic ICT workforce.
Employers are just waiting for new graduates and in Victoria there is strong demand for good quality ICT workers to fill well-paid jobs in a variety of sectors.
The information below will show you what qualifications, skills and pathways are available to get you the ICT skills to enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling career.
- ICT industry facts
- Technology careers
- Studying ICT
- Upcoming ICT careers events
- ICT associations, peak bodies and government organisations
ICT in Australia:
- has about 554,700 workers in the industry
- generates A$82 billion in gross annual revenue
- exports around A$4.5 billion annually
- is a growing industry with a forecast demand for jobs and 21,000 more positions are expected by 2013
Victoria is a hub for ICT innovation and hosts leading technology companies, research institutions and universities.
ICT in Victoria:
- has a highly skilled and creative ICT workforce of more than 145,000
- generates A$30 billion in gross annual revenue
- exports around A$2.35 billion annually
- is home to over one third of the nation’s university students studying ICT courses – the largest share in Australia
Melbourne is the technology hub and nerve centre of Australia’s National Broadband Network. Australia’s largest telecommunications carrier, Telstra, is headquartered in Melbourne, and the city hosts the local headquarters of Primus and Ericsson.
Prominent international and Australian companies operating out of Victoria with software development and IT service capabilities include IBM, Microsoft, NEC, Fujitsu, Huawei, Siemens, Computershare and Seek.com.
(if you're having trouble with the links in the ICT Wheel, scroll down for the links below)
Trent - Games Designer - Trent is a games designer for a local games company. He writes the story, which is the "backbone" of the game, and he also designs the gameplay. Meet Trent!
Stewart - Network Solutions Consultant - On an average day Stewart sits down with clients and discusses their day-to-day ICT needs - from that conversation he can start designing a network that will work for them. Meet Stewart!
Fiona - Graduate Project Administrator - Fiona oversees and manages ICT projects for her clients, ranging from upgrading software, advising on and sourcing software or hardware, setting up training rooms, to installing a whole new server. Meet Fiona!
Tim - Web Communications Adviser - Tim's days vary from heading out to the Grampians to shoot video for a YouTube clip, to advising internal clients on promoting their campaigna through social media. Meet Tim!
Hamdam - Consultant - Hamdam works closely with her clients, analysing their businesses and understanding what they need from their IT systems. Meet Hamdam!
MARKET AND SELL
Anthony - Co-owner of mobile app development company - Anthony is responsible for managing the Cricket Victoria website and all of Cricket Victoria’s marketing via mobile technology and social media. Meet Anthony!
OTHER TECHNOLOGY CAREERS
- Irwin - Founder and partner of Chromatix, a boutique web design and graphics studio
- Sarah - Freelance graphic designer running her own design business, Licorice Frog
- Rebecca - Information Systems Student working on websites for Target
- Phil - Bachelor of Science /Bachelor of Computer Science student majoring in Applied Mathematics
- Kate - Intern with print and web design studio Blue Vapours
- Julie - Freelance website programmer creating functionality for websites for clients here and overseas
Victoria is home to many world-class educational institutes that deliver technology courses including The University of Melbourne, Swinburne University, Monash University, Deakin University and RMIT University.
You'll find that most technology jobs require the completion of a university or TAFE course but you’ll find most university or TAFE courses don't require IT VCE subjects as a prerequisite.
To browse through the technology study options in Victoria, check out:
You can also check out the variety of university or TAFE ICT courses on offer across Victoria.
- Box Hill Institute
- Chisholm Institute
- Deakin University - Faculty of Science and Technology
- Gordon Institute of TAFE
- Kangan Institute
- La Trobe University - School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences
- Monash University - Information Technology
- RMIT - School of Business Information Technology
- RMIT - Computer Science and Information Technology
- Swinburne University - Information & Communication Technologies
- The University of Ballarat - Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences
- The University of Melbourne – Department of Computing and Information Systems
- Victoria University - Engineering and Science
Find out about different areas of the ICT industry including jobs, careers and training opportunities from these leading industry websites:
- ACS Foundation
- Australian Computer Society
- Australian Information Industry Association
- Australian Interactive Media Industry Association
- Australian Robotics and Automation Association
- Careers Education Association of Victoria
- Game Developers Association of Australia
- Internet Industry Association
- Melbourne PC User Group
- System Administrators Guild of Australia
- VicIT Directory
- Victorian IT Teachers Association