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Australia's Smart City Initiative fuels job opportunities for IT Professionals

Published on 03 August 15
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Australia as a country takes advantage on the advancements of information technology to transform itself into a smart city where transportation systems are working with Software giant, IBM, to develop smart systems ranging from predictive tools to smart cards to congestion charging in order to reduce traffic and pollution.

Smarter education
The country�s education system has reformed with smart technology as well.
Programs such as KidSmart Early Learning Programme are giving disadvantaged preschoolers the opportunity to experiment with information technology while improving literacy and numeracy. The aim for a smart education system in Australia is to engage more students and empower more teachers and educators.

Smart Grid Australia

Lastly, the government of Australia has strong support for Smart Grid Australia (SGA), an organization whose mission is to educate, inform and lead the debate to ensure consumers, government and policy makers understand the solutions, benefits and possibilities of smart grids.

Smart Grid Australia is a breakthrough strategy for transforming the nation�s electric power grid with advanced communications and information technology. Such IT tools would include intelligent communications networks and digital sensors and controls for remote monitoring and operation

With the importance of investing in IT and smart technology, the Australian government is looking for tech professionals from all over the globe.
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IT jobs are hot in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra basically the whole of Australia!
Why are they hot?

Well, that�s because if you are the type of person who can make sense of such information, market products to customers online and make use of your digital expertise, you are in demand over at Australia.

Rapid growth and investment in digital marketing is creating a 'digital disconnect' in which the jobs market in digital marketing technology is hungry for skilled workers.

The rising tide of digital marketing in Australia is set to be rampant in the jobs market over the next decade and this where IT trained workers are highly sought after by employers.

In Australia, a job in IT could provide you with the challenging and lucrative role you desire. Australia offers a variety of roles working with iOS development, support, web development and more across all Australia states and territories. From NSW, Victoria to WA and beyond, information technology jobs do come in abundance.

To summarize, hot job titles over at down under include IT project managers, business analyst, digital marketing manager, mobile app developer, JavaScript developer and almost anyone with IT knowledge.
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Moving to Australia

Interested about moving? Well here are some important points you have to know when deciding to move to Australia.


There are literally dozens of visa categories that allow people to work in Australia. But they fall into several basic categories, depending on whether you are looking for permanent or temporary status, or whether you are arriving on an employee nominated/sponsored scheme.
However, receiving Permanent Residency status can be a lengthy process with applications taking up to 18 months.


Visas are provided for skilled workers from outside of Australia where it is valid for 4 years and can be easily renewed. Furthermore, do take note of the The Subclass 457 work visa, a temporary business visa which allows employers to sponsor overseas workers, has proved to be very popular.

Australian employers and overseas employers can sponsor a skilled worker under a 457 visa for any period of time from one day to four years. Family members are also welcome and are allowed to work and/or study during their stay in Australia.

Once a person enters Australia on a 457 work visa, there is no limit to the number of times he or she can enter and leave the country during the time frame of his or her visa.

Employer Nominated Scheme

The ENS or Employer Nominated Scheme is a good short cut to permanent residency, if you�re in a key position within a company and they nominate you as essential to their business.
This bypasses the stringent points criteria associated with permanent residency, as you have the backing of a company who basically say you are great at what you do.

Lifestyle and Culture

Many expatriates have commended that Australia is a land of opportunity. Dubbed as a country where a person gets a fair go, Australia is a place where the people are very helpful, polite and friendly. Australia has a mix of all nationalities and anyone prepared to have a go usually ends up doing well.

According to foreign expatriates residing in Australia, the country is very relax where people spent most weekends either at the beach or visiting the mountains or vineyards.

Furthermore, if you are looking to find an assortment of great food from different parts of the world, Melbourne is the place to be where the restaurants are fantastic and the curries are heavenly!
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Popular IT careers in Australia (*Salary currency in Australian Dollar. Statistics taken from Payscale)

With the entire buzz on IT jobs in Australia, let�s take a look at the popular IT jobs found in the land down under.

The average pay for an Information Technology (IT) Manager is AU$97,229 per year. Experience does have influence on the income for this job.

Bonus: AU$0.00 - AU$20,400

Profit Sharing: AU$982 - AU$20,339

Skills required: Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Project Management, Network Management / Administration, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange

The average pay for a Systems Engineer, IT is AU$70,356 per year. A skill in VMware ESX is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

Bonus: AU$0.00- AU$10,177

Profit Sharing: AU$1,700 - AU$12,350

Skills required: Network Management / Administration, Microsoft Exchange, Windows Operating System General Use, VMware ESX, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Network

A Business Analyst, IT earns an average salary of AU$80,266 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

Bonus: AU$0.00 - AU$10,205

Profit Sharing: AU$178.00 - AU$19,000

Skills Required: Business Analysis, Project Management, Requirement Analysis, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel

A Digital Marketing Manager earns an average salary of AU$78,080 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Project Management and Strategic Marketing.

Bonus: AU$0.00 - AU$16,487

Skills Required: Strategic Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Online Marketing and Web Development.

The average salary for a Mobile Applications Developer is AU$62,612 per year. A skill in Android SDK is associated with high pay for this job.

Skills Required: IOS, Android and Android SDK

A Java Developer earns an average salary of AU$75,679 per year.

Bonus: AU$0.00 - AU$7,835

Skills Required: JavaScript, Hibernate, Spring, Java/J2EE and Java

The average pay for an Information Technology (IT) Consultant is AU$80,626 per year. A skill in Project Management is associated with high pay for this job.

Bonus: AU$0.00 - AU$14,879

Profit Sharing: AU$0.00 - AU$12,146

Skills Required: Java, SQL, Microsoft Office, Business Analysis, Project Management, Data Warehouse and Windows Operating System General.

A Software Developer earns an average salary of AU$65,470 per year.

Bonus: AU$0.00 - AU$8,032

Profit Sharing: AU$484.79 - AU$5,106

Skills Required: SQL, HTML, ASP.NET, .NET and C#

Fancy taking a shot in moving to Australia and starting a promising IT career? You may source for more IT careers in Australia by checking out the links below from

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