In a bid to expand operations, India’s leading software company Wipro today opened its new Australian Development Centre here.

Victorian premier John Brumby officially opened the centre and said it added to the state’s impressive track record in attracting investment.

“We are working hard to attract investment from around the world and create thousands of Victorian jobs,” Mr. Brumby said adding “Victoria is a great place to invest, with a growing economy, a highly skilled workforce, one of the most attractive lifestyles in the world, a competitive tax system and a supportive government.”

Mr. Brumby said the opening has followed a number of Information and Communication Technologies companies choosing to expand their Victorian operations this year, including Kovair, Attra, Infosys, and BIT - creating 210 Victorian jobs.

Wipro’s Australian Development Centre will provide consulting, software development, testing and business process services to domestic and global companies in Australia.

In a year, Wipro has grown its number of Australian employees from 450 to 700 with more than half of these based in Victoria.

Rajat Mathur, head of Sales and Operations for Wipro Asia Pacific, said the company was extremely pleased to be increasing its investment in Australia by establishing this new centre in Melbourne.

“Wipro’s Melbourne operations will play an integral role in the company’s expansion into Australia. We enjoy a good deal of business success in Australia, as Australian industry demonstrates a continued appetite for our global service delivery model,” Mr. Mathur said.

“We chose Melbourne for its business environment, ready talent pool and excellent infrastructure - this combination of support and talent is what we look for in a strategic business location” he added.

The opening follows visits to the company’s Indian offices by Brumby in September last year and ICT Minister John Lenders in February this year.

Mr. Lenders said the announcement was further evidence of the Victorian Government working closely with the world’s best ICT companies to create highly skilled jobs in the sector.

“We are providing strong leadership to create skilled jobs in Victoria and to keep our state at the forefront of new technology,” Mr. Lenders said.

Victoria is home to a very strong ICT industry sector and with over 84,000 employees, accounted for more than a third of Australia’s ICT services, products and revenue, Mr. Brumby said.

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