CBA opens a Melbourne tech hub

  • By Zilla Efrat

CommBank has opened its second major technology hub in the past six months and has plans to open more across Australia to tap into the technology skills it needs.

In February, the bank opened a tech hub in Adelaide’s prestigious Lot Fourteen precinct in a bid to attract the best technology talent from across South Australia. CBA also operates a major technology centre in South Eveleigh in Sydney, NSW.

The newest hub is based in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district on Collins Street and is designed to support more than 400 software developers, cloud engineers and cyber specialists.

Software engineering students from Monash and RMIT universities who are interested in completing their integrated placements working at CBA will be provided with job placements in a range of engineering roles such as cloud, data, analytics and software engineering.

Brendan Hopper, CBA’s chief information officer for technology and a distinguished engineer, says the expansion of technology roles into Melbourne is part of the more than $1 billion a year CBA invests in technology to support the digitisation of the Australian economy.

“Establishing a tech hub in Melbourne puts us in a great position to tap into Victoria’s digital technology industry, which is not only internationally recognised, but incredibly robust and competitive thanks to support from the government and the education sector,” he says.

“Melbourne itself is the home to Australia’s top 20 tech companies. There’s already such a vibrant digital community and well-established network of tech specialists that we want to tap into.

“The new hub is not just place for our tech people to work but a space where highly skilled and passionate engineers, analysts and developers can thrive on a culture of problem-solving, networking and collaboration.

“We also believe we have one of the best early careers program in the technology industry and we are ambitious to grow it.”

Professor Doron Ben-Meir, deputy vice chancellor (Enterprise & Engagement) and senior vice president at Monash University, says: “Our partnership will see CBA's technology expertise embedded within our world-class curriculum, aligning strongly with our Impact 2030 strategy to provide rich experiences for our students and develop an enterprising and innovative mindset.

“We look forward to co-creating impactful initiatives for technology professionals that accelerate their skills, capability and knowledge development. Together, Monash University and CBA will adopt an industry-focused approach to address the technology talent challenges facing our country."

“RMIT is committed to working together with industry to offer its students practical training and industry-relevant curriculum,” says Lawrence Cavedon, associate dean data science at RMIT University. “Through dedicated software engineering placements available through this CBA program, we will ensure that CBA has a pipeline to employing future job-ready graduates at the university.”