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Bankwest and CBA unveil Perth Tech Hub

L-R: Jason Chan (Executive General Manager Bankwest), Roger Williams (CIO Bankwest), Professor Rachel Cardell-Oliver (UWA Head of Dept – Computer Science and Software Engineering), Hon Stephen Dawson (Minister for Innovation & Digital Economy), Jin Hong (UWA Senior Lecturer).

The Commonwealth Bank Group has opened a ‘technology hub’ in Perth city, as part of a broader strategy to contribute to Australia’s digital economy and support a diverse pipeline of tech talent.

CBA’s Tech Hub program has been established to diversify the concentration of tech professionals outside Sydney, with the Bankwest and CBA Perth Tech Hub joining previously launched hubs in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

The new Perth Tech Hub will offer employment opportunities across data science, cybersecurity, and software engineering, and deliver projects that benefit CBA and Bankwest customers, colleagues and the communities in which they operate.

As part of its commitment to fostering future tech talent, the CBA Group has partnered with two major WA academic institutions – The University of Western Australia and Curtin University – and will provide valuable career experience for the next generation of technology professionals.

Brendan Hopper, Chief Information Officer for Technology at Commonwealth Bank, said the Bankwest and CBA Perth Tech Hub demonstrates CBA’s commitment to driving technological advancement nationwide, as it expands its skilled team of tech professionals in Western Australia.

Our latest technology hub in Perth will provide an innovative and collaborative space for highly skilled technologists, passionate engineers, analysts and developers. It underpins the Group’s more than $1 billion a year tech investment in supporting the digitisation of the Australian economy. This includes our nationwide technology hub strategy and our commitment to building world class engineering capability. We believe we have one of the best early careers program in the technology industry and we are ambitious to grow it in WA. Our partnership with leading universities in the state will help facilitate a sector-wide uplift of technology capability, talent pipeline and innovation.

Brendan Hopper, Chief Information Officer for Technology at Commonwealth Bank

Bankwest Executive General Manager, Jason Chan, said WA is an increasingly popular smart state destination for tech professionals to live, work and develop solutions for customers, with more than 100 new jobs expected to be created.

Bankwest is backed by CBA for growth into a future-fit, WA-based business, powered by brilliant people with the skills and career pathways needed to deliver customers the simple and secure digital banking experiences they
expect. We’re one of WA’s largest technology employers and an ideal host for CBA’s newest Tech Hub investment, which will be a centre for technology excellence and collaboration in WA, benefitting customers, colleagues and the community.

Jason Chan, Bankwest Executive General Manager

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