27 March 2017

Earlier this month our Deputy Director General, Deb Anton, represented IP Australia at the launch of an Australian-first graduate program for top-performing information and communications technology (ICT) students.

The program was created through a collaboration between IP Australia, Pegasystems and the University of Canberra (UC).

“IP Australia is pleased to provide talented ICT graduates with an opportunity to streamline their transition from a tertiary environment to the professional world through exposure to the inner workings of our Federal Government agency,” said Deb Anton.

“Graduates will learn how their technical skills fit within the context of the Australian Public Service by contributing to the implementation of solutions that produce real business outcomes.”


L-R: Alan Trefler, Pegasystems Founder and CEO; Deb Anton, Deputy Director General of IP Australia; Professor Geoffrey Riordan, Dean of UC's Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics.


The two successful graduates will be invited to travel to Pegasystems’ global headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts (US) to attend a three-week foundation level training course. Upon returning to Australia they will be placed within the Pegasystems Consulting team contracted by IP Australia as ‘Associate System Architects’.

Pegasystems is currently working with IP Australia to deliver our largest ever business and ICT system transformation, the Rights in One (RiO) Program. The RiO program has four core responsibilities:

  • Developing a new IP rights management system
  • Simplifying and harmonising our processes
  • Developing a new search solution
  • Providing richer and more timely business intelligence

The Australian Trade Mark Search system is the most recent product created by the RiO Program; it was launched last month by the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy, at PauseFest (a tech start-up conference) in Melbourne.

In accordance with the National Innovation and Science Agenda, this partnership is one way IP Australia demonstrates how the Government supports talented ICT graduates and actively contributes to increasing the ICT skillset in Australia.

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