The ICT industry in Australia is estimated to have generated $85-$98 billion in revenue for the year 2008-2009, to have employed some 268,000 people in 2007-2008 and, as of February 2009, to employ a total of 532,500 ICT workers in all industries across Australia. (Source: ABS Labour Market Survey Feb 2009, ICT Industry logistics CIIER 2008 as reported in Australian Computer Society (July 2009). ACS Australian ICT Statistical Compendium 2009, pages 6-7
ICT employment and occupations fall across all sectors and industries in Australia. Of the total number or people employed in ICT occupations in 2007-2008 (ABS 2008), just over half (54%) actually fell within what can be classified as the ICT industry division.
The Australian ICT industry has become more of a service industry then a specialised IT focused industry with the result that national ICT career pathways are becoming more vertical than horizontal and are requiring the versatility to incorporate a mix of various ICT skills rather than relying on the historically fixed specialist ICT stream career pathway.
To fully encompass these industry-identified changes, ICA11 has incorporated both a horizontal and vertical approach to ICT career pathway progression. The ICA11 qualifications have been developed to enable a specialist outcome in the key ICT areas combined with the flexibility to incorporate a diverse range of skill sets so as to provide a wider career pathway outcome.
The packaging rules for qualifications are clear and consistent and allow a logical progression of skills development between AQF levels. The Training Package allows for multiple entry points and progression pathways enabling a formal learning progression from AQF 1 through to Advanced Diploma and Vocational Graduate Certificate level.