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ACS statement on ABS technology workforce report

Census figures illustrate sector’s continued growth

12 October 2022


ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, welcomes the ABS report ‘2021 Census shows Australia going high tech’ released this morning (

The Census result showing technology jobs are among the nation’s fastest growing occupations confirms the findings of ACS’ annual Digital Pulse report which this year predicted 1.2 million Australians will be working in the sector by 2027.

ACS CEO Chris Vein said: “The figures released by the ABS today illustrate just how important the technology sector is to Australia’s economy and wider society. Almost every business, government department and community organisation are dependent upon IT to deliver services and maintain the nation’s high living standards.’

“The strong growth in key technology roles is only going to continue while at the same time we are seeing new, emerging data and cybersecurity focused positions increasingly being in demand as the industry evolves.

“Our Guide to the IT Professions report which will be launched tomorrow by the Federal Minister for Skills, Brendan O’Connor, illustrates how the sector is growing and what jobs are increasingly in demand.

“We’ve been delighted with the Federal government’s engagement with the sector since the election earlier this year along with the initiatives announced to address the IT profession’s diversity and overcome the nation’s skills gaps.

“There is a lot more to be done in this space, and ACS is looking forward to seeing the initiatives announced in the upcoming federal budget and working with the Albanese government to ensure Australia has the digital skills necessary for the 21st Century world.”

Copies of the Guide to IT Professions report due to be launched are available for media. Please contact Troy Steer below.


Further information

Troy Steer

Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy

M – 0417 173 740

E – [email protected]

About ACS

ACS is the voice of Australia’s technology sector, representing over 35,000 technology professionals across all industries and across the nation.

Our members work in industry, education, government, and the community delivering the digital services that drive the nation and provide the high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.

ACS works to grow the technology sector while making sure IT professionals act ethically, responsibly, and in keeping with the best interests of not only their employers, but the wider community.

Through our network of branches in every state and Territory, our innovation labs, education programs and our history of over fifty years, ACS works to help all Australians be part of the nation’s highest growth sector. Visit for more information.