100 NEW JOBS AND A WORLD-FIRST CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE

100 NEW JOBS AND A WORLD-FIRST CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE

Posted on 14. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

Another 100 Victorian ICT jobs will be created at NetApp Australia and their partners on top of the 2206 jobs created in Victoria’s ICT sector so far this year with support from the Victorian Government.

Premier John Brumby said the Victorian Government had built a strong relationship with NetApp since opening their Melbourne office last year and today’s announcement was another endorsement of Victoria’s economic performance despite the Global Financial Crisis.

“We are doing the hard work to create Victorian jobs and help our businesses capitalise on the worldwide recovery from the Global Financial Crisis,” Mr Brumby said.

“These new jobs are another example of what can be achieved by a government that works hard to help our ICT industry expand and comes on the back of more than 700 Victorian jobs created through the National Broadband Network announced a fortnight ago.

“Today’s announcement is another vote of confidence in Victoria’s highly skilled workforce, competitive tax system and supportive government.

“The new program will also see the establishment of NetApp’s world-first Global Centre for Virtualisation Excellence established in Melbourne – yet another reason why we are quickly being regarded as the ICT capital of Australia.

“This centre will be an important part of the project and will build Victoria’s home grown talent and further promote Victoria’s ICT excellence and intellectual incubation on the world stage.”

NetApp is Australia’s market leader for the provision of data services and was recently named BRW’s Number One place to work in Australia.  Mr Brumby opened their Melbourne offices in May 2009 and announced the creation of 68 Victorian jobs.

Minister for Information and Communication Technology John Lenders said the Brumby Labor Government’s aggressive push to create Victorian jobs had helped to protect thousands of Victorian families from the worst of the Global Financial Crisis.

“The Brumby Labor Government’s strong leadership is keeping our economy heading in the right direction is generating more jobs than any other state,” Mr Lenders said.

“When the Global Financial Crisis hit Victoria we said we would work hard to create 35,000 jobs.  Last week the ABS reported that we exceeded this target three times over, creating 115,800 jobs last financial year.

“Victoria is home to around a quarter of all Australia’s ICT jobs and our ICT sector employs 87,000 people, generates $27.4 billion per year.

“The Victorian Government will be doing everything we can to capitalise on the momentum after securing the high-tech jobs of the National Broadband Network, encouraging companies to expand in Melbourne and bring thousands more jobs to Victoria.”

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