Information and Communications Technology

Sector Fact Sheet

Melbourne is Australia’s no. 1 tech city and is home to more than half of Australia’s top 20 technology companies. With a global reputation for cost effectiveness and delivering innovative products and services, Melbourne has a unique strength in the development of high quality digital content and web and mobile applications.

Victoria’s key ICT strengths are in:

  • Software development
  • Cloud technology
  • Digital games
  • Mobility technology
  • Social networks
  • Data analytics

Whether it be developing games, learning and training applications, online retail solutions, intelligent transport systems, track and trace technologies, Melbourne has a young and creative talent pool with strong capabilities.

There are over 8,000 companies in Victoria’s ICT sector, including many international firms such as IBM, Microsoft and Intel. Our ICT industry generates A$38.4 billion in revenue annually and employs around 139,000 people directly – almost a third of Australia’s ICT workforce. It is internationally competitive, generating annual exports of around A$2.4 billion.



Melbourne has one of the largest ICT R&D clusters in the Southern Hemisphere, producing world-leading, commercially focused research. It has become known as the ‘hatching’ capital of Australia because of its strong R&D base, supportive start-up business environments and numerous cooperative working spaces around the city.



Melbourne’s cloud hub is the largest in the Asia-Pacific. Investors in cloud and SAAS find Melbourne’s early adoption culture, ease of business networking, technical depth, and generous funding for R&D all work together to create a critical mass of cloud/SAAS activity and expertise. Melbourne has more cloud-specific companies and listed technology companies than any other Australian city.


Melbourne produces more ICT students and graduates than any other Australian city. It has the country’s biggest pipeline of fresh ICT talent, fed by world-class universities and advanced technical colleges. Over one-third of Australia’s ICT postgraduates studied at a Victorian university. Victoria produces more university ICT graduates than any other Australian state (35%).

IBM Plant Location international and KPMG benchmark Melbourne as a ‘very high’ quality location for skills. In the wider context, the global talent index ranks Australia equal first in the Asia-Pacific region.


Australia’s Digital Innovation Festival – or DIF – runs for 15 days across Victoria from the last week of August to the first week of September. An initiative of the Victorian Government, the Festival brings together and promotes a range of events to showcase the latest technology and connect digital innovators across the state and to the world.


Victoria is now home to 53 per cent of Australia's digital games companies which includes over 130 games studios. Melbourne has attracted significant inward investors such as Electronic Arts (US), Gree (Japan) and Kixeye (US), who have established studios in the vibrant city. Victoria produces 1,000 graduates a vear from games related courses delivered b 20 academic institutions. There is 29 game related courses available by Victorian institutes.

Victorian produced game 'Crossy Road' | Source:

Melbourne is home to the Game Developers' Association of Australia (GDAA) and The Arcade, Australia's only not-for- profit collaborative co-working space specifically for the digital games industry.

The high calibre work produced in Victorian studios often results in best-selling games and award winning animations in film productions. Some recent successes include Firemonkey’s Flight Control and Real Racing 3, Hipster Whale’s Crossy Road and Mighty Games’ Shooty Skies.


Melbourne International Games Week is Asia Pacific’s largest digital games celebration featuring conferences, events and activities for the games industry, games enthusiasts, the general public and educationalists. Each year, over 1,000 game developers participate in key industry events including Game Connect Asia Pacific and Unite Melbourne, PAX Australia, the Women in Games Lunch and the Australian Game Developers’ Awards.


Email us at: