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Excerpted from the Australia Career Guide

The Australian government is implementing a plan to transfer government agencies' computing systems to the cloud, with “pan-governmental integration scheduled to take place” starting this year, according to Business Monitor International (BMI). The government also plans to implement standardized reporting, and the National E-Health Transition Authority plans to create a paperless environment in Australia's health sector, including public hospitals. Education departments in Queensland and New South Wales are launching IT initiatives. The new National Broadband Network (NBN) aims to connect 93 percent of Australia’s population by 2017 and reduce broadband charges across the country.

Hiring Trends

Australian employers are experiencing the highest demand for IT professionals above all other professions. Now that projects that were put on hold last year are being restarted, demand for IT professionals is likely to spike. Other drivers of IT recruitment include demand from projects related to the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN) and continued investment in mining and infrastructure. IT professionals with online production, design and development experience will be highly sought as many organizations expand their online and social networking capabilities. The market is expected to be particularly buoyant in the telecommunications, utilities, digital media and education sectors.

Certification and Education Requirements

Most candidates in the IT sector have undergraduate university degrees in IT, and some hold master’s degrees. Candidates wishing to migrate to Australia as IT professionals must complete an assessment through the Australian Computer Society (ACS) prior to filing a migration application.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) 

Australian Computer Society
Mail: Post Office Box Q534
Queen Victoria Building
Sydney, New South Wales 1230
Location: Level 3, 160 Clarence Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

Organizations and Trade Associations

Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) 
The AIIA represents the IT and telecommunications industry in Australia. The website provides useful links, information on seminars, conferences and IT employment opportunities. This association is mainly aimed at business entities, however it also has membership categories for Business Network Members and ‘Website only.’

Australian Information Industry Association
Mail: PO Box 246
Deakin West ACT 2600, Australia
Location: 39 Torrens Street
Braddon ACT 2612, Australia
Tel: +61 (2) 6281 9444
Fax: +61 (2) 6285 1408
Email: admin@aiia.com.au

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Australia Guide.

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