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Study Information Technology in Australia

Get that dream job with an Australian IT degree

The Information Technology (IT) sector stands out by creating continuous career opportunities for each skilled individual throughout the year. This makes the sector immensely popular with international students, and Australia is one of the most sought-after destinations for students who aim to make a career in IT.
Economic security and future relevance are important factors for a student who is looking to decide on a field they will pursue.

Why study IT in Australia?

Here are the top reasons that make Australia an ideal destination for pursuing a course in IT:

  • By 2030, the average Australian is expected to spend 75% more time per week on advanced technology skills task as compared to the current trend. Thereby, jobs in computing, web, mobile apps development are set to spur in future (Source:

  • The advancement in healthcare, business, entertainment, and other sectors creates an equal demand for IT professionals

  • There is an option of a professional year program available in some of the Australian universities. It is a structured program designed by the Australian Computer Society for international students to gain employment post their studies 

  • Many Australian universities follow a work-integrated learning technique that helps you apply classroom knowledge in practical situations, thereby making you career-ready

  • Some Australian universities give you the option to customise your course based on your interests to specialise in a subfield of your choice

  • A standard course structure which is updated regularly is followed across the country as per The Australian Computer Society

  • Australian universities have collaborations with IT giants to ensure that their curriculum is at par with the industry standards

Post the completion of your IT course at an Australian institution, you’ll be equipped with technical skills and hands-on experience in working with the latest hardware and technologies. You will be equipped to handle mobile programming, cloud computing and network security. When the program ends, you’ll not only be a professional with strong communication skills but also a trained executive who understands latest software and can demonstrate the ability to learn new technologies. 

Eligibility criteria 

The admission requirements for every course vary as per course you opt for. However, the basic requirements remain the same. These are:

  • A 3-year graduation degree is required for most of the PG courses. Indian Bachelor's degrees like B.A., B.Com. or B.Sc. (ordinary) are equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s (Ordinary) Degree

  • Some Australian institutions demand qualifications equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s (Honours) Degree or 16 years of formal education (in Indian context it can be B.A. (H), B. Com (H) and other honours degree). For a post-graduation in IT courses, 4 years of bachelor’s degree is required in the relevant field like B. tech, B.E and other courses

  • A minimum of 65% and above in class 10+2 is required. Students who have secured below 60% can opt for Foundations and Diploma programs

  • You must clear your English language proficiency test such as IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 for enrolling yourself in an Australian university

What to look for in a university

When you choose a university especially for pursuing your desired IT course, you may want to check the following:

  • The university follows an updated curriculum 

  • It has a good subject-specific and overall ranking 

  • It has a reputed faculty

  • The campus placements and infrastructure of the university are promising 

  • The institution has scholarships you can apply to

Cost and duration 

Tuition fees will vary as per the course and the university you desire to pursue your IT course. However, here is an estimate:

Education Level

Average cost

Time frame

Bachelor’s degree

between AUD 36,000 and AUD 1,36,000

Usually, 3 years


between AUD 46,000 and AUD 91,000

Usually, 2 years


between AUD 70,000 and AUD 1,44,000

3-4 years

*Indicative cost for total program fee

Read more: Cost of studying in Australia

Career scope

A degree in information technology from Australia will help you secure a job as:

  • Software Engineer

  • Computer Programmer 

  • Interface Engineer 

  • Java Developer 

  • Project Manager 

  • Information Security Analyst 

  • IT Consultant 

  •  Network Administrator 

  • Web Developer 

  • Systems Support Administrator 

  • Security Agencies 

  • Security Expert

  • Systems analysts

  • Information technology consultant

… and many more.

In this digital era, the IT sector has experienced unprecedented growth. It is expected to grow further in the future, opening new avenues and career opportunities for you. 

Work visa after course completion

A work visa is mandatory to stay and work in Australia after the completion of course. Temporary Graduate visa subclass 485 is the most common work visa for former international students in Australia and effective for a duration of two to four years, depending on qualifications. Also, it may take around 6 to 12 months for the visa to be processed. Besides, the validity of this visa is for a minimum of eighteen months to four years but it’s only open for a student who completes at least two years of study in Australia.

Read more: Student visa requirements in Australia 

As technology is constantly changing and improving, your scope of creating, designing, learning, and growing will never stop. This sector is expected to make a remarkable growth in future and if you decide to study information technology in Australia, it will boost your professional growth. So, best of luck for your studies abroad. If you feel stuck at any point, simply reach out to IDP’s international education specialists and we will be pleased to guide you all the way to your dream study destination. 

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Updated on April 1, 2022

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