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 Digital Content Officer who would be interested in a 3-month contract within a Local Government organisation. Immediate start 3-month contract Inner Melbourne location (work from home currently available with the view to slowly return to the office in February 2022) $35 - $42 an hour + super Must have knowledge/ experience using SharePoint This role is responsible for editing intranet content and publishing on the internal intranet using SharePoint. The Digital content Officer will be working alongside the content team and will need to have knowledge of Digital Accessibility, UX writing and be an expert using SharePoint to utilise the platform correctly. Key Responsibilities: Produce content and upload it to SharePoint in line with project objectives. Edit and design content to meet the organisations standards and in line with the user needs, therefore consultation with stakeholders may need to be organised from time to time. Ensure pages are tagged correctly and metadata is correct. Remediate accessibility issues on PDF and Word Documents. Collaborate with stakeholder to co-design content to represent current and relevant news. Work as part of a team of content producers to migrate and improve content from our old intranet into the new platform. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: Must be an excellent writer and have experience publishing in SharePoint. Creating content in plain English and turning complex language and processes easy to understand. Knowledge and understanding of usability and accessibility standards as they apply to mobile and web-based digital content. Experience in stakeholder management and building relationships with subject matters to design and create relevant content. An excellent team player who can learn quickly and think on their feet, using their initiative to brainstorm creative ideas with the wider team. 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 Change Analyst who would be interested in a 6-month contract within a Local Government organisation. Mid Feb Start 6-month contract Looking to return to the office in February 70/30 split Can accommodate a 4-day week! Northeast of Melbourne CBD – approx. 23km $55 an hour + super This Local Government organisation is about to begin a 6-month project of implementing a new HRIS system to streamline their processes including their Recruitment, LMS and onboarding. This role will play a crucial part in implementing this change and managing the systems and communications around the new software. You will be required to work with stakeholders and guide them through the change, presenting in workshops may also be a requirement so you must feel comfortable communicating to a diverse group of people. This role can accommodate a 4-day week or can offer short hours on a 5-day week if that is your preferred choice. Can also accommodate full time hours (38 per week). Key Responsibilities: Undertake stakeholder analysis for the HRIS project, identify the groups that are impacted by the change and create plans to move them through the process with minimal disruption. Responsible for change management activities such as, impact assessments, change readiness assessment, transition planning, event launches, project communications, training needs analysis, oversight of training delivery etc. Support the project team to facilitate changes and upgrades in business and system processes. Work closely with the communications team to ensure stakeholders are informed of the change and are being educated on the change and what it means for them. Investigate and resolve change resistance. Research, recognise and develop recommendations on the appropriate organisational change management, communication, and training strategies to support the delivery of the HRIS. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: PROSCI experience/ accreditation would be highly desirable Experience or sound knowledge of Pulse software is beneficial Experience on a HRIS/ HR projects with roll out of Employee and Manager self service highly desirable Must be an excellent communicator and have the confidence to present to a diverse range of stakeholders to guide them through change. Experience in change analyst roles that support technology/ digital based projects. Interviews for this position will commence week beginning 31st January 2022. 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 IT/ GIS Support Officer who would be interested in a 3-month rolling contract within a Local Government organisation. Immediate start Short term project, approx. 4-5 weeks assignment Flexible working can work full time or part time and choose your own hours! Will be an ideal position for someone studying, has other commitments or looking for an in-between role! $40 - $42 an hour + super This Local Government organisation is situated within an area that was heavily affected by the Melbourne storms that took place a few months ago. They are currently in the process of processing the damages and need a IT/ GIS Support Officer to assist them with the organisation of their visual evidence. This role will suit someone who enjoys getting organised and has some experience or exposure to GIS. This role fully supports flexible working and can accommodate a candidate who is wanting to work from home and work part time. Full time is also available. Key Responsibilities: Categorise visual files on Dropbox and Google Drive. Organise visual files to be easily found by the GIS team and support the process in ensuring files are easily accessible and in the correct place. Support the GIS team on ad-hoc projects or tasks. Communicate with stakeholders across the IT department to inform them of the progress and any issues that may arise. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: You must be super organised with data and ensure you work is complete accurately and efficiently. An excellent communicator who can work closely with the GIS and IT team. Outstanding attention to detail. Enjoy organising data. Can commit to the role for the 4 – 5 weeks duration. 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 Governance & Freedom of Information Officer join a Local Government on a contract. West Melbourne location but a work from home opportunity Immediate start Local Government experience desirable $42 an hour + super Key Criteria: Process Freedom of Information requests received, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the professional standards. Liaise with applicants, service units, collect, review and assess documentation, and prepare responses and documents for release. Ability to promote ideas and projects relating to Freedom of Information, Privacy, Records, and Information Management functions. Advise on and monitor the organisations compliance with the FOI Act. Need to understand and interpret legislation, work to strict deadlines, and manage multiple tasks. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: Previous experience working FOI legislation is crucial to be successful in these roles and ideally within a government organisation. Demonstrated previous experience interpreting legislation and providing governance support services and advice, particularly regarding the FOI Act. Highly developed written communication skills, able to prepare reports and policy and procedural statements. Excellent accuracy and attention to detail is a must. 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 IT Procurement Data Analyst who would be interested in a 3-month rolling contract within a Local Government organisation. Immediate start Fully flexible position, work from home/ part time available if required Project position for 5 weeks, BA position available after the project $55 - $57 an hour + super This role is firstly to assist with a Procurement data cleanse project to assist with their reporting tool (PowerBI) and organise/ categorise their data. This role is for a procurement data expert that understands the importance of categorisation for reports and can self-manage PowerBI to ensure this is done accurately and efficiently. Once this short term project has been completed, there is the opportunity to move into a Business Analyst position within the Procurement team on a longer term contract, moving in to a band 7. This role fully supports flexible working and can accommodate a candidate who is wanting to work from home and work part time. Full time is also available. Key Responsibilities: Cleanse procurement data from available datasets into meaningful reports and contribute to the effective delivery of the procurement strategy. Recognise errors that are currently in the database and work efficiently to correct them. Use the internal code system to categorise the data appropriately. Provide analysis and reporting on the health of the procurement function and insights into performance and opportunities. Identify opportunities to consolidate Council expenditure through amalgamation and tendering across departments. Report on key supply relationships and risk profiles. Once the above project has been complete, there will be the opportunity to move into a Business Analyst position at a higher level. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: A relevant degree or diploma with relevant work experience is desirable. Experience in the development of data analysis and insights to inform organisation decision-making. Must be extremely organised and enjoy organising and understanding complex data. Substantial amount of computer- based data manipulation and able to utilise applications and database systems including MS Office and MS SQL Server products. Experience and knowledge of PowerBI. Must have a CURRENT police check. 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 Website Designer (Graphic Designer) who would be interested in a 3-month rolling contract within a Local Government organisation. January 2022 start date (can be flexible) Currently work from home but office is based in South East Melbourne 3-month contract with possibility to extend Salary bracket between $40 - $56 an hour + super This role has a huge responsibility of working on the graphic design for the organisations website as well as assisting with a huge nationwide project. This role is not for the faint hearted and will require someone who has experience as a graphic designer and a passion for the work that they do. You will be working closely with a small team of up to 12 and you will be specifically working closely with the UX team to bring their plan to life through design. Key Responsibilities: Create visual designs that inspire and engage users across various online channels such as web, social and newsletters. You will adopt a mobile first approach to conceptualise and develop visual designs across these platforms. Work closely with the UX team to create designs and prototypes and to transform the online experience for customers. When required, assist with marketing campaigns to align with the branding of the organisation and develop simple digital communication processes to support the campaigns and initiatives. Collaborate with the CX team, marketing, and developers to understand technical limitations or the digital platforms and suggest improvements or compromise where necessary. Drupal is the platform used. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: A relevant degree or diploma with relevant work experience is desirable. Graphic Design experience is essential to be successful in this role and the client is looking for someone who has passion for design, taking pride in their work. Strong skills using design software such as Photoshop, Sketch, Illustrator, and basic skills in HTML5 and Drupal. Ability to understand a design brief and then plan, develop and deliver it to the required timeframes and budgets, manage approvals and ensure a high quality of work. Excellent communicator who works well within a team and can liaise well with stakeholders to understand and meet objectives. Must have a CURRENT police check and working with children check 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 System Administrator who would be interested in a 3-month rolling contract within a Local Government organisation. January 2022 start date Southeast Melbourne Location (WFH) Contract until the end of April 2022 $50 an hour + super This role will take responsibility for the network support and corporate applications to ensure systems are available and uninterrupted with appropriate security in place. Another key responsibility of this role is to work closely with the Network Administrator to contribute to the effective operation and cohesive integration between network, desktop and communications infrastructure. Key Responsibilities: Responsible for software installations, upgrades and technical problem resolution working closely with applications owners and software vendors. Ongoing administration and optimisation of the SQL database. Work closely with the IT Coordinator to plan and schedule the implementation, upgrading and maintenance of corporate and business applications. Project manage network infrastructure projects as assigned and allocated. Perform upgrades or other network related activities. Ensure day to day smooth operation of Shoretel VoIP system and take responsibility for software installations, upgrades, and technical problem resolution. Monitor the Service Desk system and proactively provide second level call resolution and to escalate any requests that cannot be resolved. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: A relevant degree or diploma with relevant work experience. Experience managing a complex SQL environment Substantial experience in managing and upgrading corporate applications. Detailed knowledge of networking and network protocols Knowledge and experience managing Shoretel VoIP system Strong customer experience skills, able to liaise with stakeholders and going above and beyond to resolve issues. Must have a CURRENT police check and working with children check If you are interested, please apply now!! This role won’t be around for long! 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 Associate Project Officer who would be interested in a 3-month rolling contract within a Local Government organisation. January 2022 start date West Melbourne location and required to drive to multiple worksites Contract until the end of March 2022 (extension possible) $39 an hour + super This role plays an integral part of assisting the project team to achieve project deliverables and support the technology projects. In particular, you will be assisting with an IT Asset audit project which would require you to travel between a few different sites a day (all within a short distance). This role is great for someone who is hands on and has the desire to learn and evolve within IT Project Management. You will be shown the ropes and have exposure to new technology within the Infrastructure space. You will be working autonomously and working with the Team Lead to assist the department and the right person will not be afraid to get their teeth stuck into a project and use their initiative to act quickly. Key Responsibilities: Work collaboratively with the team to assist with multiple projects and support project deliverables to ensure everything runs smoothly and on time. Assist with a huge audit of the Council's IT Assets and assist with the project lifecycle. Build relationships with internal and external stakeholder and provide feedback on new technologies and concerns. Undertake any necessary investigative work required for the analysis of processes and policies that relate to the implementation of new technology platforms and improvements of existing technology platforms. Work closely with the IT Coordinator to replace or update tablets already in use by stakeholders. Carry out other duties as directed from to time to assist with tasks outside of the projects or to assist with the delivery of the projects. Risk management, accountable for the implementation and maintenance of sound risk management within the areas of responsibility. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: A relevant degree or diploma with relevant work experience. Developed experience with hardware builds, software deployments, installation, and rollouts across multiple work site locations. Ability to identify problems and find solutions. Strong experience with Windows environments. Valid Driver’s license and happy to travel between sites in a COVID safe way and environment. Available immediately and can commit to 3 months minimum. If you are interested, please apply now!! This role won’t be around for long! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Cheri Randell on 0466 699 297.