Tasmania’s technology sector is well established and growing. Both well-known and respected companies and innovative start-ups provide specialist expertise, products and solutions to customers across the state, nation and around the world.
Tasmanian strengths in areas like video game development and computer generated graphics, data solutions, high-end computer and sensor componentry, IoT and WiFi solutions and award-winning high-tech manufactured equipment cater to both specialised and wide-ranging customers.
There are more than 7 000 technology workers in Tasmania, underpinning the success of traditional industries and also exporting knowledge and solutions to customers.
- We develop software that facilitates sector-specific innovation including in creative arts and video animation, aquaculture, tourism experience and visitor tracing, and healthcare to name a few.
- We innovate across industries – for example sensor‑tech, bio‑tech, and fisheries and marine‑tech.
- We create VFX, manage gaming pipeline delivery and develop interactive games for major platforms including the Sony PlayStation®, Nintendo Switch®, and Microsoft Xbox®.
- We provide custom drone services in industrial inspection, thermal imaging, surveying, mapping, aerial application, spraying, and aerial cinematography, photography and video.
- We offer telecommunications support, including customised temporary internet coverage solutions for large‑scale events.
The highly skilled technology workforce in Tasmania, quality of life and a reputation for staff retention have encouraged technology businesses to base their start-ups or move their successful operations to the state.
Finding our niche
Tasmania’s determined tech leaders and burgeoning entrepreneurs understand the reach of technology beyond our island state and take solutions from their reliable bases in Tasmania to buyers around the globe. Rather than aiming to ‘disrupt’ existing markets, Tasmanian companies focus on innovation and providing fresh solutions and new ideas.
Our start-up founders have solved problems like using sonar to count fish, how to draw freely on a tablet and how to create explainer videos at the click of a button.
Sometimes our niche is making another product better, Tasmanian technology companies develop and export software that makes platforms from IBM and Microsoft better and easier to use.
We bring together software and hardware, designing and prototyping smart devices and testing how we can connect internet of things devices to local and global networks.
We use our skills and experience to deliver projects far and wide.
Designing, building and customising solutions for clients as big as governments and as small as corner stores. We are competing internationally and delivering world-class solutions.
Culture of collaboration
Tasmanian technology businesses regularly partner with interstate and international organisations to provide solutions for clients of all sizes across any industry and in almost any location. Yet we’re still a tight-knit community, which works hard to support each other.
We have government and industry supported co-working spaces across the state and there are opportunities for start-ups to receive guidance and mentorship as they grow.
Tasmanian technology businesses have successfully partnered with multi-national corporations and listed companies to deliver large scale software solutions to clients.
Education and training
Tasmania trains local and international students for the jobs of the future through our educational institutions.
The University of Tasmania offers Australian Computer Society (ACS) accredited undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with specialisations including cybersecurity, games and creative technologies, data science, software development, and business analysis. The University’s Masters program attracts a large number of international students each year and offers pathways into research.
TasTAFE offers a range of qualifications in ICT and consults closely with the local industry to ensure that courses meet industry requirements assisting students to transition from study to the workplace.