In the unveiling of the federal budget last week, treasurer Josh Frydenberg revealed that $1.2 billion would be invested into Australia’s digital infrastructure, in order to drive the country’s employment, wages, productivity growth and help secure Australia’s economic recovery overall(Australian Government. 2021). This investment is part of Australia’s ongoing ‘Digital Economy Strategy’; a plan to make Australia a ‘leading digital economy and society by 2030’. As part of this strategy, the $1.2 billion will be focused on eight key priorities covering education, support for small and medium enterprises, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, drone technologies, data sharing, support of government services and tax incentives – particularly those within the gaming industry.
The biggest portion of this investment will be going towards streamlining and improving government services. A $200.1 million investment will go towards enhancing the myGov website and $301.8 million will go towards enabling the next generation My Health Record online platform to maintain and further develop our world-class healthcare system.
A further $111.3 million will be dedicated to accelerating the Consumer Data Right (CDR) across the country-starting with the banking and energy industry and then moving to telecommunications. The CDR will aim to give consumers greater control over their data and securely share data with a trusted third party. With the CDR in place, people and organisations will be able to monitor their finances, utilities and other services as well as compare and switch between different offerings more easily (Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. 2020). For this to be achieved, strong privacy protections will need to be built into the system and be enforced by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). This highlights the growing need for cybersecurity and software engineer professionals to deliver this CDR goal.
The government also want to invest in emerging technologies, particularly Artificial Intelligence (AI) to remain competitive with digital economies worldwide. This includes a $124.1 million investment into AI research and industry capability as well as a National Artificial Intelligence Centre and a $100 million investment into building the digital skills of Australians, to help ensure continual innovation and development within the AI space.
While investment into emerging technologies and digital infrastructure is all very well and good, it will not make a difference if the country doesn’t have the adequate resources and skills to properly utilise these advancements.
According to Australia’s Digital Pulse report compiled by Deloitte and the Australian Computing Society, Australia will need 60,000 new technology workers every year for the next five years to meet the demands of Australian businesses and overall society as we adapt to new technologies at a rapid rate. The government have acknowledged this current skills shortage in the 2021-22 budget, announcing that they will be investing the following amounts to upskilling and growing the nation’s digital skills (Australian Government, 2021):
$10.7 million for the Digital Skills Cadetship Trial to deliver work-based learning opportunities for in-demand digital jobs
$43.8 million for the Expansion of Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund to fund additional innovative projects to improve the quality and quantity of cybersecurity professionals in Australia
$24.7 million towards the Next Generation AI Graduates Program which will be provided over six years in order to attract and train home-grown, job-ready AI specialists through national scholarship offerings
$22.6 million towards the Next Generation Emerging Technology Graduates Program the will be rolled over six years and aim to provide over 200 national scholarships in emerging technologies
What Does This Mean for The Digital Job Market?
The significance digital technology and upskilling is playing in the federal budget this year indicates the importance technology and digital skills will play in our economy moving forward. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, digital technology has become even more important to Australian businesses and the overall workforce. Especially over the last year when so many offices had to work remotely, we became dependant on technology to continue functioning at work; we needed cloud-based platforms like WeTransfer or Google Drive to share and store data in a central place, which in turn required greater cybersecurity. Colleagues had to rely more on project management and teleconferencing platforms to continue their projects and data management became a priority for many organisations as more and more key data was transferred online to be easily accessible. This reliance on technology is only going to grow as we move forward. Consequently, technology workers will be key in enabling the extra demand for digital infrastructure and services. The technology workforce in Australia grew by 33,400 workers in 2020, reaching a new peak of 805,525 workers. By 2026, Deloitte Access Economics forecasts there will be over 1.1 million technology workers in Australia which is only further supported by this year’s federal budget announcement as the government try and create a ‘leading digital economy’(Deloitte, 2021).
This presents exciting opportunities for those already working within the digital space, or those that possess digital skills – especially in relation to AI, data management and cybersecurity. With additional funding aimed at creating more jobs in this space, especially within the public sector as a big portion of initial funding will go towards streamlining and improving online government services- candidates with the necessary digital skills and experience will have a significant competitive advantage.
For those looking for new opportunities within IT- especially within the public sector – and interested to see how the federal budget’s announcements will impact future job opportunities, you can reach out to our resident IT consultant Cheri Randell. Cheri can also provide more information about the IT jobs she currently has available or career advice for those just starting out within the IT space. You can contact her at the below:
Phone: 0466 699 297
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to a Senior Business Analyst/ Project Manager join a Local Government on a contract. Remote working available Immediate start date 3-month contract initially, potential to be extended due to internal opportunity $80 an hour + super Working on two exciting projects! Key Criteria: This dual role has the expectation to provide your expertise in the skillsets of a business analyst whilst managing projects within the Business Transformation Program. This is a great opportunity for someone who has experience as a Business Analyst and transitioning or has transitioned into a Project Management role. The knowledge of Project Management must be there and this is NOT an entry level role. Business Analyst duties: Undertake and manage business requirements, gathering and analysis duties including workshops, meetings and interviews. Undertake market research. Identify gaps in resources, datasets, skills and other aspects relevant to the successful implementation of solutions. Develop business specifications that clearly describe required system interfaces, changes, system structures, data flows etc. Project Manager duties: Working on two exciting internal projects with innovative technology, you will be required to report and monitor the progress of the projects and ensure they remain within the allocated budget. Identify and manage risks relating to the implementation of the projects and tasks. Liaise with stakeholders, management, and vendors to ensure appropriate resources are allocated to projects. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: Related Tertiary qualification or equivalent experience. Demonstrated experience in delivering high profile corporate projects. Expert ability to analyse business processes, model information flows, identify opportunities for improvements and map data requirements. Ability to organise own time efficiently and effectively. Outstanding communication skills with excellent emotional intelligence, able to identify the correct approach to each stakeholder. Will be required to have a National Police check AND Working With Children Check. Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Cheri Randell on 0466 699 297.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to a Digital & Website Advisor join a Local Government on a contract. Remote working, must have own equipment Immediate start date 2-month contract + possible extension Up to $39 an hour + super Open to part time arrangement Key Criteria: Write, edit, approve, and publish content on the organisation’s website. You must have experience in website content management and understand the application of best practice of SEO, readability, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. Reply to website feedback submissions, using the responses to make content improvements and improve the overall user experience. Manage all incoming digital requests and work closely with the content authors, marketing and communications team and technical staff to implement best practice digital solutions. Ad hoc support to the marketing and digital team. Website maintenance when required. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: Related Tertiary qualification or equivalent experience. Experience in website content management and enterprise content management systems. Understanding and application of the Victorian Government’s Digital Standards and familiarity with the Australian Government’s style manual. Strong communication skills and able to work collaboratively with all stakeholders. Forward thinking and able to use your own initiative to identify and suggest improvements. MUST HAVE OWN EQUIPMENT Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Cheri Randell on 0466 699 297.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to a IT Desktop Support Officer join a Local Government on a contract. Inner Melbourne suburb location 27th September start date 6-month contract $40 an hour + super Level 1&2 support! Key Criteria: Provide high quality Level 2 IT desktop support and troubleshoot technical issues for stakeholders. Experience within Level 2 support will be essential to deliver excellent and precise customer service and satisfaction. Excellent technical skills with a range of technologies such as Microsoft Azure, Active Directory, O365, Exchange Online, Multi-factor Authenticator, SCCM. Assist stakeholders with troubleshooting on other devices such as desktops, laptops, peripherals and mobile phones. Use of helpdesk ticketing tool, Manage Engine. Experience troubleshooting remotely, deploying software and standard Operating system images etc using SCCM, deploying antivirus, patching etc. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: Previous experience within Helpdesk and delivered Level 2 support. Excellent communication skills, ensuring you deliver excellent customer service to stakeholders. Actively participate in the improvement of the technology and work as part of the team to improve processes. Police check ideal Must be able to commit for 6 months. Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Cheri Randell on 0466 699 297.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to a Core Infrastructure Services Engineer join a Local Government on a contract. Inner Melbourne suburb location (WFH available) 27th September start date 6-month contract $700 - $850 daily rate + super Key Criteria: Monitor, analyse and report on the day-to-day operations of core technology services and perform regular updates and planning for servers and infrastructure. Resolve infrastructure incidents and issues in line with service KPIs. Attend to incident and service requests within a timely manner and deliver a high standard of service to stakeholders. Support projects and operational teams by providing technical support and expertise throughout the project lifecycle ensuring systems are reliable and secure. Actively contribute and recommend improvements and support the on-going operation of core services including capacity planning, managing security, and providing advice on the development and planning of infrastructure. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: Tertiary qualifications in business or information technology. Significant experience in IT engineering, including changes and support for infrastructure services such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Server and VMware technologies. Experience in cyber security and the design and management of infrastructure systems. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to identify, understand and resolve problems. Must be able to commit for the 6-month period. Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Cheri Randell on 0466 699 297.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to a Social Campaign Coordinator join a Local Government on a contract. Work from home Immediate start 1-month temporary assignment $40 - $50 an hour + super (flex) Assisting with the Vaccine Rollout Campaign! Key Criteria: Assist with the Vaccine Campaign for a well-known/ large Local Government organisation and assist with incentivising the campaign. Mainly an admin/ coordination role with assisting the team (limited content creation) with building momentum around the campaign and ensuring any publishing material is accurate, meeting deadlines etc. A background/ understanding in social media will be beneficial in this role as you may be asked to either produce content or monitor their social media channel around the campaign. Flexible working arrangement with either part time 4 hours a day/ 5 days a week or 3 full days. 20 hours each week, must be happy with this arrangement! Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: Experience in coordination within a Marketing team would be beneficial and exposure to social media functions. Previous experience working on campaigns would be desirable. Must be immediately available and can commit for the full month. PART TIME ONLY, must be happy with this arrangement of 20 hours a week. Excellent written and communication skills. Able to work well within a team and have a proactive attitude to assist teammates in such a busy and diverse environment. Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Cheri Randell on 0466 699 297.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to an Records Officer or also known as an Information Management Officer join a Local Government on a contract. 3 - 6 month contract (potential for extension) East Melbourne Suburb Location $30- $33 an hour + super Opportunity for growth within the role. Hybrid working style... 2-3 days in the office and work from home Flexible start date Key Criteria: Registration of electronic documents and knowledge of record management within Local govt and their processes. A clear understanding of legislation relevant to document/ record keeping (including EDM) and information access. Able to deliver excellent customer service and support the Information Management officer in providing leadership within the team by setting high standards of performance. Digitisation of hardcopy mail and dispatching Australia post mail Two roles currently available both with great opportunities and potential for career growth. There could be a potential Team Leader position available for the right candidate and for this role, they will be looking for someone with leadership experience! Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: Excellent organisational skills and able to prioritise. Excellent attention to detail. An outgoing and friendly disposition who works well in a team. Experience or a clear understanding of Local Govt and their requirements/ processes essential. Able to use the Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel, Work and Outlook. Knowledge of legislation and standards relating to electronic/ hardcopy document archiving and record management. Current drivers license. Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Cheri Randell on 0466 699 297.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to a Business Analyst join a Local Government on a contract. West Melbourne location (currently work from home) Immediate start 3-month contract Up to $58.80 per hour + super Functional BA role Key Criteria: Support the identification, evaluation and approval of projects including facilitation and documentation of business requirements. Map current application and business level processes. Contribute to improvements to the business processes and information systems by analysing business problems and opportunities. Understand current and future state processes, recommending design solutions and development of business cases. Work to improve organisation systems/ processes to maximise employee efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity to deliver quality outcomes. Test products within the development life cycle to ensure the quality of the product, and the anticipated value of that product is delivered. Stakeholder management, working closely with customers on projects and working together to improve business processes. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: Tertiary qualifications in IT. Local Government experience desirable or a great understanding of processes. Process mapping/ analysis skills essential. Ability to undertake analysis, generate and report on information and provide recommendations. Excellent communication skills and able to liaise with stakeholders to deliver desired outcomes. If successful, will be required to have an up-to-date National Police Check. Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Cheri Randell on 0466 699 297.