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Australia’s digitech ecosystem is booming, growing four times faster than the rest of the economy.

Technology-driven sectors account for 15% of total economic production. And they’re not slowing down: since the start of the pandemic, our A$167 billion technology sector has grown 26%.

Bring your talents or business here to take advantage of Australia’s strong demand for digitech skills.

$70b
In grants and incentives

Australia offers nearly A$70 billion in grants, incentives and funding pools to Australian-based companies across priority sectors.

Source: Accenture

Our modern digital economy is driving Australia's future prosperity. The Australian Government is investing in infrastructure, including upgrading the National Broadband Network (NBN), as the first step in modernising our digital economy and capturing opportunities, which could be worth up to A$207 billion in GDP per year by 2030.

And we have a plan to grow the tech industry in that time, too, with a goal of 1.2 million tech-related jobs by 2030.

You’ll find boundless opportunities for investment. If there was ever a time to become part of Australia’s flourishing digitech scene, it’s now.

Google is so confident in Australia’s digital future it is investing A$1 billion over five years in Australian infrastructure, research and partnerships through the Digital Future Initiative.

Australia is one of just a handful of countries Google has chosen for such a significant investment. Recognising the extraordinary talent and creativity of Australians, Google is committed to ensuring every Australian has access to technology to realise their potential and laying foundations for a strong digital economy that can compete globally and support good jobs locally.

A$167b

The digitech sector contributes around A$167 billion to the Australian economy every year.

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Australia ranks 1st for technological readiness.

Source: Technological Readiness Ranking, Economist Intelligence Unit

Leading the way in digitech

Australia is a trailblazer in digitech, and we’re continuing our pioneering path. We’ve developed autonomous robots, artificial intelligence, remote sensors and neural networks. We value innovators who think differently, and whose ingenuity is reshaping existing industries and kickstarting new ones.

Australia is an ideal testbed for new products and inventions. We’re a nation of early digital adopters and avid users of technology, with a skilled, diverse talent pool and a growing venture capital ecosystem.

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Australia ranks 4th in the world as the most attractive online consumer market.

Source: Euromonitor International Digital Consumer Index

Venture capital funding in Australia has risen to record levels. In 2021, a total of 267 venture capital deals were completed, with a record A$7.9 billion invested – double the A$3.9 billion invested in 2020.

US tech giants like Adobe, Amazon, Google and Microsoft all have deep roots in Australia, and multinationals including Hitachi and Boeing use our cutting-edge facilities. All are capitalising on our research talent and business-friendly regulatory environment.

Our flourishing startup ecosystem has over 90 accelerators and incubators to help innovators connect and seek funding.

Australia's Consumer Data Right is a world leading consumer-driven data sharing framework that will give Australians more control over their data while boosting innovation and competition.

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Australia’s dynamic digital tech industry

Australia’s digital technology sector is booming. There are exciting, high-profile opportunities on offer in areas such as cyber security, AI and quantum computing. This video highlights how our smart, skilled digitech professionals are transforming their visions into reality.

  • With access to global markets, the digital sector’s contribution to GDP is forecast to grow to A$244 billion by 2031.
  • Australia is home to multiple global digital success stories, including rare unicorns – startups worth more than US$1 billion. In less than 10 years, Australian design software Canva reached a value of A$55 billion, while buy now, pay later company Afterpay was recently acquired for a history-making A$39 billion. Other Australian tech sensations include Aconex, Airwallex and the $US100 billion Atlassian.
  • Australians are rapid and prolific adopters of technology at home and work, making us an ideal launch market for consumer and enterprise tech.
  • We have a talented, multi-cultural workforce, globally renowned for its skills and diversity, and a first-class, innovation-driven education system.
  • Australia has a highly collaborative R&D environment and thriving innovation ecosystem.

Incentives, grants and support

Here are just some of the reasons Australia is a winner for digitech.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

As we lead the way in the fourth industrial revolution, Australian AI is shaping the frontiers of technology.

Our AI Action Plan and Australia’s Artificial Intelligence Roadmap are driving our ambition to modernise industries like manufacturing and farming, improve the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and enhance our defence capabilities. Under the AI Action Plan, we’ve invested A$124 million to build AI capability and support business.

CSIRO’s work in artificial intelligence is 89% more cited than the global average.

Source: Normalised Citation Impact, Incites (Web of Science Articles & Reviews, 2014–2018)

We’re investing in targeted AI initiatives, including a focus on research collaboration and commercialisation to support the adoption of AI tailored to Australian needs across the economy.

  • Creating a National Artificial Intelligence Centre that will drive business adoption of AI technologies by coordinating Australia's AI expertise and capabilities.
  • Supporting Australian businesses to partner with government to pilot projects for AI‑based solutions to national challenges.
  • Establishing the Next Generation AI Graduates Program to attract and train home-grown, job-ready AI specialists.
  • Catalysing the AI opportunity in our regions by co-funding grants of up to A$1 million to develop AI solutions that address local or regional problems.
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for artificial intelligence (AI)

Australia ranks 1st in our region for AI

Source: Oxford Insights

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universities in top 100

Australia has 3 universities in the top 100 academic institutions in AI

Source: Nature Index

Case studies

  • The Australian Institute for Machine Learning at the University of Adelaide is the site of the Centre For Augmented Reasoning, a new national hub to develop high-calibre machine learning expertise and accelerate AI commercialisation in Australia.
  • CSIRO and the University of New South Wales designed PhishZip, an algorithm that uses file compression to systematically assess and exclude harmful phishing websites.
  • CSIRO is using virtual reality and high-performance computing to generate simulations of healthy cells overtaken by viral particles. Researchers have created accurate virtual replicas of Covid-19 to identify the regions of its proteins that could be good targets for vaccines.
  • Spark is a cutting-edge bushfire simulation developed by CSIRO in partnership with the Australasian Fire and emergency Services Authorities Council. It analyses and integrates weather data from meteorological forecasts with environmental data to allow emergency services to better predict and visualise bushfire spread and save lives.
  • HIVERY is a pioneer in hyper-local retailing, using AI, operations research and human-centred design to help generate a return on physical space investments. A spinout of CSIRO, HIVERY now has offices in Australia, Japan and the US, and counts Coca-Cola Company, Walmart and Red Bull as clients.
  • Earth and marine observation (EMO) technologies are a growing area of critical digital technology in Australia. In 2019, the value of earth and marine observing technology to Australia was conservatively calculated to be worth A$20.2 billion, growing to A$66.5 billion by 2030. Our research agencies, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, continue to develop and implement world-leading EMO solutions domestically and internationally.
  • CSIRO partnered with DCS Spatial Services to bring data to life via the NSW Spatial Digital Twin, which will enable planners, infrastructure owners, developers, policymakers and residents to help better plan, design and manage our cities.
  • Bionic Vision Technologies, CSIRO and the University of Melbourne developed a retinal implant, software library and vision processing software to restore functional vision for the blind. The Bionic Eye is on track to complete clinical trials in early 2024.
  • Global consultancy firm Cognizant is establishing a new global delivery centre in Australia, creating 1,600 new jobs and bringing expertise in software, AI, machine learning, cloud computing and data analytics.

 

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Blockchain

In 2020, the number of companies operating in blockchain and cryptocurrency exploded by 153%. Australian industry players are expected to contribute an estimated global annual business value of more than US$175 billion by 2025.

Our National Blockchain Roadmap sets out Australia’s exciting ambitions and guides an investment of A$6.8 million towards blockchain technology. Four working groups are exploring blockchain frontiers in:

  • supply chains
  • credentialing
  • cyber security
  • regtech.

CSIRO’s report on the future of blockchain in Australia provides further practical insight into this growing sector.

The RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub and the Monash Blockchain Technology Centre are renowned world leaders.

Pellar Technology, a Melbourne-based blockchain company, processes 10 million requests every day and was the Victorian government’s 2019 Emerging Exporter of the Year.

Case studies

Quantum technologies

With globally renowned researchers and state of the art facilities, Australia’s quantum research capabilities and industry are at the cutting edge. We’re recognised as a world leader in silicon-based quantum computing research. We also play a leading role in commercialising quantum technologies, which CSIRO predicts could create an A$86 billion global industry by 2040.

CSIRO’s quantum technologies roadmap outlines a path to 2040, when Australia could generate over A$4 billion in revenue and 16,000 new jobs across computing, sensing and measurement, and communications.

The government has announced a A$111 million investment in Australia’s quantum future, having identified quantum technologies as a major area of focus. A new Quantum Commercialisation Hub will see further support for innovative research, while Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, will lead a National Committee on Quantum.

Australia is already home to 22 quantum-related research institutions, and as they continue to grow and innovate they are attracting further investment.

The University of New South Wales is host to the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology which is attracting the world’s top researchers thanks to the Taskforce’s dedicated visas. You can listen to an interview about the global talent that has joined the centre.

Robotics

Australia has an enthusiastic and diverse robotics community. CSIRO’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group is a world leader in advanced research and development of applied robotics and autonomous systems.

The Robotics Australia Network connects members with government, industry, researcher, investors and more, in its quest to build a robust and world-class ecosystem for robotics.

The Australian Robotics and Automation Association Inc. is a professional society that has been hosting the annual Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation since 1999.

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has information about partnering with Australia on innovation, science and research, focusing on Australia’s strategies to bring government, businesses and researchers together and grow our capabilities.

Australia hosted the World of Drones & Robotics Congress in November 2021. Speakers from around the world discussed the diverse range of applications this tech can be used for, from human bionics to fire safety, and from defence to future proofing.  

Boy looking at a smiling face on a robot

Case study

CSIRO's Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group was one of 11 teams selected worldwide to participate in the three-year DARPA Subterranean Challenge.

The challenge, funded by the US's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, explored new approaches to rapidly map, navigate and search underground environments.

Team CSIRO’s Data61 beat teams from NASA JPL, MIT, California Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University to claim second place in the DARPA Subt Challenge.

Cyber sciences

With expertise in secure mobility solutions, quantum encryption, AI-driven deception, IoT security and cloud security, Australia’s cyber security industry has a reputation for creating world-class products.

Are you a talented individual working in digitech?

Get an idea of the kinds of skills and roles we’re looking for

We are looking for talented individuals able to contribute across the digitech ecosystem, including in innovative manufacturing, cyber security, finance, travel, communication, digital games and immersive technology, and transformative technologies which look at more closely connecting the physical world with the digital world.

The following specialisations are intended to be used as a guide and are not an exhaustive list. The global talent profile provides examples of the calibre of individuals who may meet program requirements. 

Specialisations

  • Data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Automation and robotics
  • Big data, data management and analysis
  • Blockchain technology
  • Cloud computing
  • 5G
  • Cyber security detection, prevention and response 
  • Data and eResearch infrastructure
  • SmartTech and disruptive technologies 
  • Front-end development
  • Internet of Things
  • Immersive technologies including virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • IT integrated control systems for plant and machinery
  • Machine learning engineering
  • Network engineering/architecture
  • Production and development of digital (video) games and game engine technology
  • Quantum information and computing
  • Smart cities
  • Specialised knowledge in software and mobile application development
  • 3D printing

Global talent profile

Founder and/or inventor of deep technology IP associated with digitech. 

Expert in human-centred design and design thinking, experienced in designing sites, apps and online optimisation strategies for high end IT firms.

Chief information security officer driving initiatives in virtualisation, Cloud, Internet of Things and cybersecurity across entire corporations.

 

Entrepreneur of an award-winning video game developer company that has developed a number of original titles targeted at wide international audiences.

Researcher and expert in software, platforms, game engine and AR/VR/XR tech including exemplary coders. 

The following experience or professions would not usually meet the parameters of the program:

  • Business analysts, developers and ICT consultants without international experience. 
  • ICT support centre managers.

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