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Overview

This page provides information and data on the ICT Networks sector, which is one component of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. The ICT Networks sector encompasses a variety of businesses that implement, administer, support and provide security for information technology (IT) networks and servers.

Vocational education and training (VET) is required in the ICT Networks sector for occupations such as:

  • Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists
  • Computer Network Professionals
  • ICT Support Technicians.

Nationally recognised training for ICT Networks is delivered under the ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package.

For information on other ICT sub-sectors, see Telecommunications Technology, Digital Media, ICT Operations and Support and Programming Software and Web Development.

Information sourced from the Information and Communications Technology IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast.

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Employment trends

Employment snapshot

Employment levels have increased since 2000 for the three occupations: Computer Network Professionals, Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists, and ICT Support Technicians. The biggest increase between 2000 and 2019 was for ICT Support Technicians with 63,400 employed in 2019. Employment levels projected to 2024 are expected to increase for all three occupations.

Training trends

Training snapshot

Program enrolments and completions declined between 2015 and 2017, from 9,390 enrolments in 2015 to 7,650 in 2017 but increased again to 7,800 in 2018. Completions fell from 2,580 in 2015 to 2,200 in 2017 but increased to 2290 in 2018. Enrolments in 2018 for this sector were predominantly at diploma level or higher (4,610) followed by certificate IV level (3,190), with most of the enrolments being in the networking qualification cluster (81%). The most common intended occupations for this sector were Computer Network Professional (3,520) and Network Administrator (2,820).

The largest share of training was delivered by TAFE institutes (59%), with a little over a third being delivered by private training providers (37%). Funding for subjects came from a variety of sources, with the majority being Commonwealth and state funded (56%), with training by TAFE institutes, universities and schools primarily funded by the Commonwealth and states. TAFE institutes, Universities and private training providers also received funding for subjects through domestic fee-for-service and international fee-for-service. Students in this sector were most often from overseas (41%), New South Wales (21%) or Victoria (12%). Close to half of all training was delivered in New South Wales (45%), followed by Victoria (20%), Queensland (12%) and Western Australia (10%).

In 2018, there were 91 apprentice and trainee commencements and 89 apprenticeship completions. Commencements have steadily decreased from a high of around 380 in 2011. Completions have decreased since a high of approximately 220 in 2013. In 2018, almost all apprentices and trainees had an intended occupation of Network Administrator. Over a third of the apprenticeships and traineeships in this sector in 2018 were reported by New South Wales (37%), followed by Victoria (25%) and Queensland (15%).

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

The Information and Communications Technology IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast discusses 5G wireless communications, a technology which is set to increase network capacity, as well as the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout which is expected to have created 31,000 new jobs by the end of rollout in 2021. Professionals in the ICT Networks sector will need skills in not only installation and commission, but also in ongoing maintenance, operations and diagnostics as the network technologies become widespread.

For further industry insights on skills needs and job vacancy data, see the Information and Communications Technology industry cluster page.

Links and resources

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment 2018, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal

  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2023
    • 2631 Computer Network Professionals
    • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists
    • 3131 ICT Support Technicians.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018, Employed persons by occupation unit group of main job (ANZSCO), sex, state and territory, August 1986 onwards, 6291.0.55.003 - EQ08, viewed 1 November 2018 http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6291.0.55.003May%202018?OpenDocument

  • Employed total by ANZSCO, 2000 to 2018, May Quarter
    • 2631 Computer Network Professionals
    • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists
    • 3131 ICT Support Technicians.                                              

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET students and courses from the following training package or qualifications:

  • ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package
  • Computer Systems Technology
    • ICA41011 - Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology
    • ICA60511 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Technology
    • ICT41015 - Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology
    • ICT60515 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Technology
  • Network Security
    • ICA60205 - Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security)
    • ICA60208 - Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security)
    • ICA60211 - Advanced Diploma of Network Security
    • ICT40713 - Certificate IV in Telecommunications Network Design
    • ICT60215 - Advanced Diploma of Network Security
  • Networking
    • ICA40405 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking)
    • ICA40411 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking
    • ICA50405 - Diploma of Information Technology (Networking)
    • ICA50411 - Diploma of Information Technology Networking
    • ICT40415 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking
    • ICT40418 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking
    • ICT50415 - Diploma of Information Technology Networking
    • ICT50418 - Diploma of Information Technology Networking.

This includes superseded qualifications and training packages.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 program enrolments
  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 program completions.

Total VET students and courses data is reported for the calendar year. Program enrolments are the qualifications, courses and skill sets in which students are enrolled in a given period. For students enrolled in multiple programs, all programs are counted. Program completion indicates that a student has completed a structured and integrated program of education or training. Location data uses student residence. Subject enrolment is registration of a student at a training delivery location for the purpose of undertaking a module, unit of competency or subject. For more information on the terms and definitions, please refer to the Total VET students and courses: terms and definitions document. 

Low counts (less than 5) are not reported to protect client confidentiality.

Percentages are rounded to one decimal place. This can lead to situations where the total sum of proportions in a chart may not add up to exactly 100%.

ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package apprentice and trainee data has been extracted from the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection, including:

  • 2010 to 2018 commencements
  • 2010 to 2018 completions
  • 2018 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2018 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.
Updated: 31 Mar 2020
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