An IT services provider will establish an office in Canberra, creating 180 jobs, after winning a $91 million federal government contract.
Kinetic IT will also commit $2.35 million towards education and workforce training programs in the ACT, and offer a raft of industry scholarships and traineeships as part of a move to the nation's capital.
The company has been awarded a lucrative contract to provide services to the Department of Defence, following a competitive tender process last year.
ACT Liberal senator and assistant minister for treasury and finance Zed Seselja welcomed news of Kinetic It's impending arrival in Canberra.
The company is expected to establish its ACT operation almost immediately, with jobs to be made available from July.
“This investment is evidence of the strength of Canberra’s IT sector and the confidence the IT Industry has in our city’s skilled workforce," Mr Seselja said.
“Not only are Kinetic IT bringing new jobs, they’re also investing in our community through their
traineeships and scholarships to help Canberrans pursue a career in IT."
Kinetic IT employs 1000 across offices in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin.
It specialises in managed services, service management, security services, as well as IT training.
The Department of Defence's IT network has more than 100,000 users, making it one of the largest in Australia.
Kinetic IT chief executive Michael North said as well as establishing its new Canberra office, the company had pledged $1 million to fund 24 traineeships during the three-year contract term.
Up to four of those traineeships each year will be made available to young Indigenous applicants.
Mr North said it would also sponsor 21 scholarships, and provide support to local organisations involved in science, technology, engineering and maths education and industry participation.
“Our track record transforming, streamlining and managing multi-vendor IT operations is something we’re really proud of, and we’re excited to take our unique style into the federal government arena,” Mr North said.
“We’ll be working on behalf of Defence to integrate their services and coordinate multiple suppliers
to bring increased alignment and optimisation of their IT operations.”
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