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2011 ACS Statistical Compendium

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012

  • Value of digital economy in 2011 was $100 billion
  • ICT demand forecasts 14,000 extra jobs in 2012 and up to a total of 35,000 by 2013
  • University ICT annual enrolments down in NSW, VIC, QLD, WA & TAS 

Tuesday 28 February 2012: The Australian Computer Society (ACS) today released the annual Australian ICT Statistical Compendium, a comprehensive analysis of statistical data about ICT economic and social trends.

The report is available here:

Designed to provide ICT policy makers and business leaders with annual and trend data, the ACS annual compendium is an important summary of how the local Australian ICT industry is performing. 

Key findings from the Compendium include:

Value of digital economy is $100 billion 
Revenue of ICT industry - $82 billionFlat year on year
ICT demand forecasts 14,000 jobs in 2012 and 21,000 jobs in 2013Jobs demand in ICT growing
University ICT annual enrolments down in NSW, VIC, QLD, WA & TAS National enrolments less than half the number of a decade ago
ICT workers in Australia – 554,700Steady + 1.7%
Temporary ICT migrants to Australia – 8,530Decline of 25%
ICT R&D - $5.2 billionIncrease of 20%
ICT exports (excluding re-exports) - $4.5 billionFlat + 0.13%

“Although ICT demand is increasing even in uncertain economic conditions, the number of domestic students choosing ICT as a career is insufficient to meet demand for skills.Alan Patterson, ACS Chief Executive, said the report confirmed Australia’s urgent need for coordinated policy focus on ICT given its value and the demands in the broader economy for skills: “The digital economy contributed a significant $100 billion to Australia in 2011,” he said.

“Australia’s Higher ICT education enrolments are under half of what they were a decade ago and are continuing to decline as a percentage of all higher education enrolments. With ICT demand of 35,000 extra jobs by 2013, promoting ICT as a rewarding career needs to be a top priority to ensure our developing digital economy is fully funded, sustained and competitive.

“Given the importance of the digital economy to Australia’s economic prosperity, and its added value to business, health, education and other sectors, we hope addressing falls in ICT enrolments will be a key focus of 2012 government agendas.

“The compendium also revealed a drop in skilled ICT migration, suggesting Australia’s ICT employment requirements cannot be met easily. To accommodate predicted demand, additional emphasis on local uptake of ICT is required,” said Mr Patterson.


Media information: 

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About the ACS: The ACS (Australian Computer Society) is the recognised professional association for those working in Information and Communications Technology, seeking to raise the standing of ICT professionals and represent their views to government, industry and the community. A member of the Australian Council of Professions, the ACS is the guardian of professional ethics and standards in the ICT sector, committed to ensuring the beneficial use of ICT for all Australians. It provides both members and non-members with opportunities for professional education, networking and certification, as well as enabling them to contribute to the development of their profession. Visit for more information.