NEC Australia: investing in Australia’s ICT community for over 50 years
NEC Australia delivers a portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprises, small businesses and government organisations.
The company’s capabilities have evolved from basic telephony to a full suite of IT services in line with the changing needs of Australia’s businesses and government organisations. IT and data service contracts – such as a recent five-year ICT service agreement with Western Australia – now comprise the majority of NEC Australia’s revenue.
The Australian subsidiary is now NEC’s third largest country business after Japan and the US. Employee numbers have risen from five when it opened its first office in Mulgrave in Victoria in 1969, to more than 1,800 in 2017.
The company has demonstrated a deep commitment to innovation by investing more than $200 million in research and development since 2000. It further reinforced its commitment by opening a new Australian headquarters and innovation centre in Melbourne’s Docklands district in February 2016.
NEC Australia has been actively forging partnerships and building the stock of talent, skills and expertise in multiple Australian states. In June 2016, NEC Australia, NEC Japan and the South Australian Government announced a partnership to establish a A$4.8 million Global Security Intelligence Centre (GSIC). The GSIC, which aims to address growing global demand for cyber security capabilities, is a key project under Adelaide’s Smart City initiative.
NEC Australia also recognises the potential of Australia’s regional centres and their educational institutions to grow the country’s intellectual capital. As part of an A$40 million investment in New South Wales’ Illawarra region, the business opened a corporate office at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus that will support customers across Australia. The office will also help create 180 new ICT jobs in regional NSW; promote partnerships and collaboration with the university on cyber security; and support a program that enables selected graduates to work alongside NEC Australia team members.
Many of NEC Australia’s projects add to the capabilities and performance of the agencies that Australians rely on in times of crisis.
Recent engagements in the emergency services and crime prevention areas include a multimillion-dollar telephony solutions and services contract to support Victoria’s Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (the critical link between the state’s community and its emergency services agencies), and a biometric identification project for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, the national information-sharing service for Australia’s police, law enforcement and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.