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Google opens latest Australian office in Melbourne

Google opens latest Australian office in Melbourne

US technology giant Google opened a new office in Melbourne on Thursday, which is a major expansion for the company in Victoria.

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05.07.2018 11:15 PM

US technology giant Google opened a new office in Melbourne on Thursday, which is a major expansion for the company in Victoria. The move is the latest in a raft of decisions made by technology companies choosing to set up shop in the southern state.

Other major technology players that have recently opted for Melbourne as their Australian operations base include Alibaba, Amazon,, LiveTiles, Mimecast, Slack, Zendesk and Square.

This latest addition will house Google's marketing, support, cloud computing services and policy sales operations in the form of over 100 staff workstations with room for expansion. Just a few years ago, Google had only four staff members working in Melbourne.

The technology sector in Victoria employs 160,000 people working for over 8,000 companies.

Google’s new Melbourne office, located at the Paris end of Collins Street, features the company’s trademark bright blue, yellow, red and green color scheme.

The opening of the new Victorian office comes after the New South Wales Government rejected plans in April for Google to create a new headquarters in Sydney. This prompted other major cities to put their hands up for the building of a Silicon Valley-style hub, potentially creating 19,000 jobs. The company's current Australian headquarters is at Pyrmont in Sydney.

Acting Victorian Premier James Merlino was on hand along with Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy Philip Dalidakis at the opening of the Melbourne office.

Merlino said: "Google’s new office will employ more than a hundred people and create training opportunities for our talented tech graduates. It’s a vote of confidence in our economy and will bolster our already-strong tech sector, which is delivering jobs for Victorians.” 

Dalidakis added: “We’re working hard to retain our number-one tech city ranking in Australia; we believe Google has both a bright future here and a strong part to play in delivering strong job growth.”

He went on to say that Victoria produces 38% of Australia's technology graduates.

The news rounds off an eventful week for Google, with global technology stocks falling earlier this week ahead of the US Independence Day holiday and real estate company Domain poaching Google Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Jason Pellegrino.

Pellegrino made headlines at the end of May when he spoke about how artificial intelligence (AI) is the next major stage in technology development and a train that Australia needs to ensure that it does not miss.

He said Google has already said that it intends to evolve into an AI-driven company, meaning that it will build new products and developments around a core of AI and machine learning.

Pellegrino went on to say of Google's direction toward AI: “These trends, where users are moving at faster rates, where technology is flying from every single direction, the only way to really deal with that is to essentially take your hands off the wheel and stop doing what you’ve done in the past and start thinking through how to automate and keep up with those curves.”

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