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Senator the Hon Richard Alston

Minister for Communications,

the Information Economy and the Arts


The Hon Dr David Kemp MP

Minister for Employment, Education,

Training and Youth Affairs



Cisco gives Australian student s a boost into the Information Age


Australian students will be given a boost into the Information Age as a result of an exciting and innovative program pioneered by the leading American technology supplier Cisco Systems, the Minister for the Information Economy, Senator Richard Alston, and the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp, said today.


Cisco Systems President and CEO, Mr John Chambers, today announced the firm would expand its Cisco Networking Academies Program to Australia. Bendigo Senior Secondary College in Victoria and the Queensland TAFE will lead the implementation of the program.


The Program was developed by Cisco to teach and certify high school and tertiary students to design, build, and maintain computer networks capable of supporting national and international organisations.


The program operates in several states in the US, where certified graduates typically earn far higher salaries than their non-certified counterparts.


'Cisco's decision to expand its Cisco Networking Academies Program to Australia is warmly welcomed by the Federal Government. The fact that Cisco has chosen to expand this program to Australia dramatically demonstrates the high regard in which we are held by leading global computer and information firms,' Senator Alston said.


'More importantly, the company's decision is welcomed for the significant impact it will have on the nation's students. This Government is firmly committed to helping the nation's youth attain the skills that they will need in later life, and computing skills are increasingly in demand.'


Dr Kemp said the Cisco Networking Academies Program was a useful addition to the Government's world-leading EdNA project, which is turning Australia into a single, giant classroom.


'The Education Network Australia (EdNA) Directory Service is a world-first entry point to online education resources and services for all ages,' Dr Kemp said.


'EdNA allows Australians to use the Internet more effectively - a key goal of this Government, which is committed to maximising the benefits to all Australians of the Information Revolution.'


The EdNA Directory Service offers curriculum and professional development resources, access to information on institutions in all sectors of Australian education and training, information about courses, and opportunities to participate in discussion groups and collaborative projects.


Media Contact:

Terry O'Connor, Senator Alston's office 02 6277 7480

Michael Smith, Dr Kemp's off ice 02 6277 7460



25 March 1998