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IBM is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world. In this new era of Cognitive Business, IBM is helping to reshape industries. We are changing how we create, collaborate and analyse. Join us as we lead this global transformation. There is no better place to launch your career.

 
 

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Past IBM Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at IBM, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when IBM hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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  • Graduate Jobs (85%),

  • Internships (15%),

Disciplines

  • Accounting (85%),

  • Administration (8%),

  • Arts and Humanities (31%),

  • Banking and Finance (38%),

  • Business and Commerce (100%),

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Locations

  • Sydney (54%),

  • Melbourne (46%),

  • Canberra (38%),

  • Perth (38%),

  • Darwin (31%),

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  • Australian Citizen (85%),

  • Australian Permanent Resident (46%),

  • New Zealand Citizen (46%),

Past IBM Graduate Programs & Internships

Check out some of IBM's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


2021 IBM China Graduate Program

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Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Accounting, Banking and Finance,

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Beijing (China), Shenzhen (China),

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2021 IBM Graduate Program - Ballarat

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Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Accounting, Business and Commerce,

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Locations:

Melbourne

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Australian Citizen

2021 IBM Graduate Program - Melbourne

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Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Accounting, Business and Commerce,

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Melbourne

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Australian Citizen

2021 IBM Graduate Program - Wellington

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Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Accounting, Business and Commerce,

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Wellington (New Zealand)

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New Zealand Citizen

2021 IBM Graduate Program - Canberra

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Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Accounting, Business and Commerce,

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Canberra

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Australian Citizen

2021 IBM Graduate Program - Perth

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Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Accounting, Business and Commerce,

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Perth

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Australian Citizen

2021 IBM Graduate Program - Sydney

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Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Accounting, Business and Commerce,

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Locations:

Sydney

Workrights:

Australian Citizen

IBM Internship Program 2021

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Internships

Disciplines:

Accounting, Arts and Humanities,

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Locations:

Canberra, Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane,

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Australian Citizen, New Zealand

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IBM Graduate Programs 2021

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Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Accounting, Arts and Humanities,

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Locations:

Canberra, Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane,

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Australian Citizen, New Zealand

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IBM Internship Program 2021

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Internships

Disciplines:

Accounting, Arts and Humanities,

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Locations:

Canberra, Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane,

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Australian Citizen, New Zealand

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IBM Graduate Programs 2021

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Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Accounting, Arts and Humanities,

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Locations:

Canberra, Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane,

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Workrights:

Australian Citizen, New Zealand

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IBM HR Compliance and Governance Graduate

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Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Administration, Business and Commerce,

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Locations:

Sydney

Workrights:

Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent

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IBM: 2020 Graduate Developer/ Technical Consultant

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Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Business and Commerce, Computer

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Locations:

Sydney

Workrights:

Australian Citizen, New Zealand

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IBM: Who are we?

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What do you think of when you hear IBM - Mainframes? Hard drives? The Personal Computer?

We don’t sell tabulating machines, laptops or intel servers anymore - we’re a new IBM, and possibly not like you imagined. For a start, we use MAC’s (yes, really!), and our leaders wear jeans. We apply design thinking – and have the post-it’s to prove it. We enable start-ups to grow, and are transforming healthcare – we’re even curing disease! We are defining the cognitive era, and this is just the beginning. What can YOU do with IBM?

Founded in 1911, IBM has celebrated over 100 years of constant innovation. From personal computers to the barcode, from floppy disks to outer space, IBM has been there.

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“We remain dedicated to leading the world into a more prosperous and progressive future; to creating a world that is fairer, more diverse, more tolerant, more just.”

– Virginia M (Ginni) Rometty
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Learn more about our history and achievements here

 

Today IBM has over 380,000 employees in 175 countries across 7 geographies. In 2017 we recorded $79.2 billion in revenue. For over 80 years, IBM has been working to solve some of the biggest issues facing Australia and New Zealand. Today IBM is helping doctors diagnose disease, predicting the latest fashion trends and creating better services for citizens. This is IBM today, this is #anewIBM.

IBMers are celebrated for their diversity. 50% of our workforce has been at IBM for over 20 years, the other 50% less than 10 years. We work everywhere – for our clients and for our planet. To make the world work better and smarter, for everyone.

In this new era of Cognitive Business, IBM is helping to reshape industries by bringing together our expertise in Cloud, Analytics, Security, Mobile, and the Internet of Things. We are changing how we create. How we collaborate. How we analyse. How we engage. IBM is a leader in this global transformation so there is no better place to launch your career.

Join a company where you can make the world work better – we are IBMers, and that’s what we do. With learning opportunities and mentoring you’ll find a wealth of opportunities within IBM to create the career you’ve always imagined. There’re no limits to the opportunities we offer – from design to analytics, consulting to sales, development to marketing.

Whether you’re an undergraduate or a post graduate, right here is where you get a head start. Apply for our graduate and internship programs, and discover why IBM is the place to start your career. 

Curious? Take a look at where we’ve been and where we are going today. Watch over 100 years of innovation in 100 seconds with this video.

 
 

Startwise with our Graduate Program

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Did you know IBM Australia was awarded most popular ‘Large’ Technology Employer Award by Gradconnection for 2017?

At IBM you'll flourish like no-where else. World-class learning opportunities, mentoring and a flexible work environment – you will find a wealth of opportunities within IBM to create the career you’ve always imagined. What can you do at IBM? You can innovate breakthroughs. You can help people live healthier lives. You can have the support of over 380,000 colleagues. Imagine what you can help us do.

Startwise is our official 1 year graduate program, where we look after all aspects of your professional and personal development. Different streams within our graduate program offer additional training on top of Startwise. Furthermore, as a new IBMer you'll remain connected with all of your fellow graduates through our social networks.

Program highlights:

  • Orientation
  • Monthly connect sessions designed to better develop soft skills
  • Mentor program to help connect you with leaders around the business
  • Graduate network representative roles
  • Inferno Recognition event awarded to high achieving graduates
  • Communicating with Impact training course
  • Graduation celebration

Location:

  • We have opportunities in a number of locations across Australia and New Zealand. Locations may vary depending on demand and you may at times need to travel between IBM locations and client sites.
  • Sydney: St. Leonards, West Pennant Hills and Client site.
  • Melbourne: Southbank and Client site.
  • Other: New Zealand (Auckland & Wellington), Canberra, Bathurst, Adelaide, Perth, Ballarat and Brisbane.

To be eligible for our Graduate Program you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or permanent residency holder
  • Have completed a tertiary degree at a University in Australia or New Zealand within the last two years. 
  • Have a strong academic record, i.e. credit average or above
  • Less than 2 years relevant work experience

Application Process

  1. Upload your CV, cover letter, current academic transcript, and current right to work documents (valid passport, or birth certificate and valid drivers license).
  2. You will be invited to sit our online aptitude test (IPAT) the following business day after you’ve applied online.
  3. Once you’ve passed the aptitude test, you’ll be invited for an HR interview. This interview will establish whether you meet our minimum requirements and are eligible for hire. If you are a good fit for one of our positions, you’ll be invited to participate in the second round of selection – for graduates this is our assessment centre day which is a day of activities and two manager interviews.
  4. If you are successful, you will be extended an offer

 

This table below is designed as an aid to help you visualise where a career may take you within our organisation. It is meant as a guide and is by no means an indication of any set path. Roles may differ year on year and a career in technology is never set in stone.

Degree/MajorRole
Engineering (electrical, electronic, chemical, software, mechanical)
Mathematics
Statistics
Actuarial Studies
Project Manager
IT specialist
Technical consultant
Software Engineer
Engineering (computer)
Information Technology
Computer science
IT specialist
Software Developer
Developer
Business
Commerce
Business Information Systems
Arts
Digital seller
Project Manager
Business Operations
Analytics
Consultant
 
 

Get a Kickstart with our internship program

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Our Kickstart internship program is not like any other. Work while you study with the IBM internship program. Get a sense of our culture and values — and start to see the career you’d like to shape. Our internship provides you with a strong foundation for future employment – whether you stay with us at IBM.

The IBM internship is unique. Being an IBM intern means you gain valuable business experience with an entry level job and exposure to the world’s largest technology company. As an intern you will work alongside managers across the business and play a pivotal role in client interactions, providing solutions and honing your project management skills. Learn how to work as part of a team in a high-performance environment. Be valued for your contributions and take the opportunity to skill yourself in new technologies and methodologies.

Join IBM in a 12 month, full-time fixed term contract role and become a valued part of our business.

These paid positions available across a variety of functions: HR, Marketing, Logistics, Finance, Consulting, Design, Strategy, Computer Science and more!

Program highlights:

  • Intern Orientation; a full day introduction to the business
  • Employee benefits and discounts
  • Access to world class training in our IBM Your Learning online portal 
  • Lunch n’ Learn workshops that offer personal and professional development
  • Speed Mentoring and networking with business leaders and other interns and graduates 
  • Ignite public speaking competition 
  • Intern network representative roles As an intern, you may work at IBM offices or client sites. Some travel between sites may be expected.

Location: 

  • We have opportunities in across Australia and New Zealand. Locations may vary year on year. Our internships are predominantly located across our two Sydney offices (Cumberland Forest and St Leonards) and our Melbourne office. Smaller intakes may open up across New Zealand, Perth, Southport, Ballarat and Brisbane.

To be eligible for our Internship Program you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or permanent residency holder
  • Be enrolled in a tertiary degree at a University in Australia or New Zealand
  • Have a strong academic record, i.e. credit average or above
  • Less than 2 years relevant work experience

Application process:

  1. Upload your CV, cover letter, current academic transcript, and current right to work documents (valid passport, or birth certificate and valid drivers license). 
  2. You will be invited to sit our online aptitude test (IPAT) the following business day after you’ve applied online. 
  3. Once you’ve passed the aptitude test, you’ll be invited for an HR interview. This interview will establish whether you meet our minimum requirements and are eligible for hire. If you are a good fit for one of our positions, a hiring manager will review your CV, and if they believe that you are suitable for their role, you’ll be invited to a final interview. 
  4. If you are successful, you will be extended an offer

 

Working for IBM gives you access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise that you can use to better develop yourself both personally and professionally. Grow your network by meeting industry leading professionals and be mentored by sector leaders. Learn how big business works by joining IBM today.

 
 

Why IBM?

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As one of the world's largest technology consulting companies and with offices across Australia, IBM is the perfect place to start your career. We believe true innovation is driven by diversity, so to uphold our reputation as an industry-leading enterprise, we rely on people with different backgrounds, different perspectives and different attitudes.

Our three core values define how we work.

  • Dedication to every client’s success
  • Innovation that matters – for our company and for the world 
  • Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships

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We treasure the wild ducks.

This phrase is a strong part of IBM’s history and culture. Former IBM Chairman Thomas J. Watson, Jr., wrote that: "In IBM we frequently refer to our need for 'wild ducks.' Wild ducks are those people who think a bit differently, who don’t follow the flock, who challenge the way that we do things. They tend to be the type of people who really drive innovation. The point is you can make wild ducks tame, but you can never make tame ducks wild again. One might also add that the duck who is tamed will never go anywhere any more. We are convinced that any business needs its wild ducks. And in IBM we try not to tame them."

In short, the term means we embrace ideas that might initially sound strange and celebrate those that stand out. We encourage diverse ideas and thrive off embracing our differences. So, come on board and join us as we enter a new era for our industry – and our planet.

What are your plans after university? Joining the largest technology and consulting employer in the world?

This is #thenewIBM. Yes the company that put the first man on the moon; the company that created Watson – the first artificial intelligent machine to win Jeopardy; IBM – the makers of laptops. Yes, that was us – but now are so much more. The new IBM has reinvented education, the new IBM helps guide dogs guide – in fact we are even helping to improve people’s lives. If that’s not exciting enough we are making fashion digital, we are predicting the weather and we are making cars go faster. IBM employees are defining the cognitive era, and this is just the beginning. Imagine, What can YOU do with IBM?

 
 

Giving back at IBM

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IBM is not defined by what we make, but by the difference we make in the world. Our innovation isn't only technical - IBM was one of the first companies in the world to have Environmental Policies, Diversity Policies & Recycling Policies. We understand that responsible and ethical conduct is the best way to grow as an organisation, as a community, and as citizens of Australia and New Zealand.

IBM has been a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for over 100 years. We have embedded corporate responsibility in our business strategy, values and management systems. Our contributions target critical societal issues and leverage our employees' talent and expertise, as well as our technologies.

IBM’s strategic business priorities are tightly aligned with our social responsibility efforts. Both are focused on making the systems that facilitate life — such as water, energy, food, and transportation — more efficient, accessible and sustainable. Because we have so methodically aligned our service efforts to our areas of business expertise, we are able to engage longer and more meaningfully — including efforts to improve education, healthcare, disaster response, water and food, jobs and economic growth, and urbanisation.

Why we do it

Corporate responsibility enables IBM to provide greater value to all our stakeholders worldwide while delivering shareholder value. It helps attract and retain the best and brightest employees who seek careers in a company distinguished by outstanding Corporate Responsibility practices. Our strong record also provides a competitive edge with clients, and helps us gain admission to new markets.

How we do it

Our operations are based on strong ethics and values that define all our decisions and actions worldwide:

  • We lead in environmental practices, developing innovative technologies to minimise our own potential impact, and in solutions to help clients achieve efficiencies in their own operations.
  • We leverage IBM technology and expertise, together with the expertise of partners, to create community programs addressing societal needs in areas such as literacy, health care, and the environment – and we scale them worldwide.
  • We ensure that the suppliers throughout our supply chain adopt ethical business practices.

Corporate Services Corp

A triple benefit: communities have their problems solved, IBMers receive leadership training and development and IBM develops new markets and global leaders. Since its launch in 2008, the Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program has contributed over 3000 participants on over 275 teams to nearly 40 countries around the world, delivering over $70 million in market value consulting on over 1000 projects.

Red Cross Blood Service

We are strong supporters of blood donation, regularly contributing through our Red25 corporate program and supporting the 2018 Missing Type Campaign. Our relationship with the Red Cross Blood Service started in 2012 and remains strong.

EVENTS

A big pillar of our CSR is engaging with young people. We host a number of workshops and initiatives across ANZ where we engage with young people – both high school and university level students – through mentoring, skills workshops and networking opportunities.

Make a Difference Day (MADD)

The mission of MADD is to work and engage with students. Combining our skills with IBM technologies and resources we hope to help students bridge the gap between traditional education and entering the workforce by being ready for 21st century STEM and other careers.

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P-Tech (Ballarat)

Our P-Tech initiative partners with Federation University in Ballarat to help provide local young adults with the skills to succeed. Students will be supported by industry mentors as they work towards a science, technology, engineering, math-related advanced diploma in addition to their senior secondary qualifications.

Femme in STEM

Our annual free FEMME in STEM events are specially designed by women in STEM for women in STEM. Our aim for the session is to engage with young women across different academic backgrounds by inviting them into our offices for a half day program with the key activity being an Agile methodology activity. Whilst this event is targeted at women, we encourage anyone to participate.

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We also have a number of in-house office events, including our Graduate Program Information Evenings held in Melbourne and Sydney annually around May. Hope to see you at one of our next events!

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Work Life Integration

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In today's competitive business environment, people seek jobs that not only offer financial security, but also have autonomy, meaning and the opportunity for development and advancement. People also want time to pursue personal interests and enjoy time outside of the workplace.

Responding to these needs is nothing new for IBM. We're committed to creating a supportive, flexible work environment which provides principles, guidelines, and workforce options that help our employees effectively manage their work and family responsibilities.

Flexible work arrangements are options that enable employees to meet their personal needs and also permits IBM to deliver on its commitments to IBM's clients and the business. In IBM's business environment, these options give IBM increased competitive business advantage by attracting, motivating, and retaining top talent which in turn increases the quality and availability of the skill sets for our clients. These options also enable employees to work in ways that meet their personal requirements.

IBM provides a Work-Life Toolkit as a comprehensive resource for managers and employees to learn about IBM's work-life principles, guidelines, programs, and education. It helps employees achieve their personal and individual business goals and support managers in making the best decision when considering their employees flexibility requests.

At IBM, we celebrate IBMers for who they are at work and who they are at home. Lisa Weightman is a consultant within our Global Business Services division, an Olympic marathon runner and a mother. Her story shows how IBM is enabling her to be her optimal self.

 

 

 
 

Inclusion and Diversity at IBM

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Leaders in diversity and inclusion.

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

We strive to continually lead with our values and beliefs that enable IBMers to develop their potential, bring their full self to the workplace, and engage in a world of inclusion. Our willingness to take on issues of equity, fairness and equal opportunity have not only set us apart, but positively distinguished our company and made us a magnet for the smartest and most talented people in the world.

Moreover, diversity and inclusion is part of our DNA. It’s in our culture: IBM’s legacy of diversity and inclusion, combined with our progress, has cultivated a leadership position among our technology peers and others in the business world

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At IBM we recognise that diverse ideas must come from a diverse workforce. We have always been at the forefront of diversity and inclusion and our policies and strategies directly support our business objectives, values and practices.

Today, IBM takes advantage of the attributes of its diverse employee mosaic to fuel innovation and reflect the multicultural character of customers across the globe. For every employee, diversity means far more than compliance. Inclusion goes well beyond tolerance. We celebrate IBM’s rich history of diversity in everything we do.

Each year, IBM dedicates the month of August to celebrating the 50,000 passionate IBMers across the globe who participate in any one of 250 Business Resource Groups (BRGs) spanning more than 50 countries.

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BRGs are volunteer, employee-led groups whose members share a common interest. BRGs can be focused on any inclusion/diversity area e.g. gender, sexual orientation, people with disabilities, ethnic heritage or generational. Members run events and act as inclusion champions for their focus area - with the ultimate goal of helping all IBMers feel a sense of engagement and belonging.

In Australia and New Zealand IBM currently has five primary BRGs:

  1.  Diversability - a group dedicated to furthering the needs of people with disability. This group has a very active leadership committee and strong connections to the wider community.
  2.  [email protected] – a group which aims to support the growth, development, advancement, and recognition of women in IBM. This group has a very active Executive Sponsor who is driving a strong change agenda.
  3.  Eagle (Employee Alliance for LGBT+ Empowerment) – a group for LGBT+ employees and their allies. This group is a particular focus area for IBM’s General Manager Asia Pacific and aims to create a strong sense of community and foster a safe, open working environment for all employees.
  4.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – This group focused on creating and implementing IBM’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) vision and objectives. The overall goal is to fully integrate Aboriginal cultural understanding into IBM Australia.
  5.  Maori & Pasifika – This group is dedicated to weaving te reo Maori and tea o Maori into all of IBM NZ’s culture and practices.

Each BRG has a dedicated Senior Executive Sponsor whose role is to actively drive and support their group’s activities. We are proud of the difference our people make in creating a truly inclusive workplace!

Read more about our Diversity and Inclusion initiatives here.

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Equal Opportunity at IBM

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Rather than reacting to legislation or responding to social pressure, IBM has always been proactive in its equal opportunity efforts. Its history of innovation and achievement in this area has long been a source of pride for company employees, at all levels, from all cultural groups. Over time and across borders, diversity runs as a common thread through IBM. Our Inclusion & Diversity underlying principles guide the way we operate every day.

The employees of IBM represent a talented and diverse workforce. Achieving the full potential of this diversity is a business priority that is fundamental to our competitive success. A key element in our workforce diversity programs is IBM's long-standing commitment to equal opportunity.

Business activities such as hiring, promotion, and compensation of employees, are conducted without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age. These business activities and the design and administration of IBM benefit plans comply with all applicable laws, including those dealing with equal opportunity. For qualified people with disabilities, IBM makes workplace accommodations that comply with applicable laws, and which IBM determines are reasonable and needed for effective job performance. In respecting and valuing the diversity among our employees, and all those with whom we do business, managers are expected to ensure a working environment that is free of all forms of harassment.

This policy is based on sound business judgment and anchored in our IBM Values. Every manager in IBM is expected to abide by our policy, and all applicable laws on this subject, and to uphold IBM's commitment to workforce diversity.

 
 

Gender Diversity at IBM

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At IBM women have been making contributions to the advancement of information technology for almost as long as the company has been in existence. Where many companies proudly date their affirmative action programs to the 1970s, IBM has been creating meaningful roles for female employees since the 1930s.

IBM ANZ supports the advancement of women is one of our focus areas. Did you know IBM has had 13 women elected to the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame? We are proud of our female leaders and actively work to inspire the next generation of women in STEM.

Diversity means supporting women’s career aspirations without requiring them to sacrifice their other priorities or compromise their natural working style. We have a strong focus on making our workplace more inclusive for women and to have greater representation of women in technical, leadership and professional roles and in all areas of our business. We have professional development programs, leadership conferences and mentoring programs to advance our female talent into senior positions. In addition, our flexible work options help all employees, including women, to balance their professional and personal goals. 

[email protected] is a Business Resource Group (BRP) which aims to support the growth, development, advancement, and recognition of women in IBM. BRGs are volunteer, employee-led groups whose members share a common interest in diversity and inclusion. Members run events and act as inclusion champions - with the ultimate goal of helping all IBMers feel a sense of engagement and belonging. The [email protected] BRG has a very active Executive Sponsor who is driving a strong change agenda.

EXITE (Exploring Interests in Technology & Engineering)

Camps for girls EXITE (Exploring Interests in Technology & Engineering) Camps are an IBM initiative to help inspire girls to take science and math classes throughout high school and to help them understand how rewarding technology, science and engineering careers can be and how they offer opportunities to be creative, to become a leader and to give back to the community. IBM Australia began holding EXITE Camps in 2001in Ballarat and the target audience is high school girls aged 13 to 16. The Camps are held annually in collaboration with the Ballarat Tech School and Federation University.

Femme in STEM

Our annual free FEMME in STEM events are specially designed by women in STEM for women in STEM. Our aim for the session is to engage with young women across different academic backgrounds by inviting them into our offices for a half day program with the key activity being an Agile methodology activity. Whilst this event is targeted at women, we encourage anyone to participate.

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LGBT+ Support

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Watch one of our leaders Harriet Green’s LGBT+ speech by clicking the above photo.

At IBM, inclusion has always been part of our culture, aligning with the deeply-held personal and corporate values we all share IBMers. We have a lot to be proud of, with advocates and leaders within IBM continuing to act as leading voices in the push for diversity and inclusion across our communities.

Our policy of inclusion goes beyond employment practices and protections to celebrate the diversity of our workforce. As a company, we understand that to attract the best talent from around the world, we have to create and nurture a culture where employees can bring their authentic selves to work every day. This culture is critical to our ability to drive world leading progress and innovation.

IBM has and will continue to participate in high-profile debates over discriminatory policy measures across the world. We joined American Express, Google and 11 other global companies in September 2015, for example, to launch the first business-led coalition to support LGBT+ inclusion around the world.

The rainbow logo was introduced in 2017 as a new symbol to represent IBM's ongoing push for diversity, acceptance, inclusion and equal opportunity. The rainbow is recognized worldwide as the symbol of LGBT+ equality, and IBM is proud to fuse it with the emblem that has represented our company for more than four decades. This is a demonstration of IBM's continuing efforts to advance and influence non-discrimination workplace policies consistent with basic human rights.

Locally, IBM was one of the first corporate leaders to appeal to the Australian Prime Minister to legislate for marriage equality, ensuring full and equal legal status for the relationships of all Australians. This support was carried through by the illumination of the sky signage of the Sydney office in the rainbow logo as a public show of support for diversity, equality and inclusion

 

Pride Month is an opportunity for all IBMers to celebrate and appreciate the sweeping impact that LGBT+ individuals, advocates and allies have had on our global history. June was chosen in recognition of the riots held by members of the LGBT+ community against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969 – an event that helped pave the way for LGBT+ rights. In 2018 local Pride Month celebrations included the creation of a Rainbow Banner in our Ballarat office.

 

To help accelerate progress, IBM launched a new global program in 2018 called Out Role Models - featuring employees nominated for proven leadership and ongoing work to inspire and support others within IBM’s LGBT+ community.

Our local Eagle (Employee Alliance for LGBT+ Empowerment) Business Resource Group develops and support LGBT+ employer / employee best practices and ensure that IBM continues to represent a talented and diverse workforce.

IBM also offer the LGBT+ Ally Championship Practitioner Badge which can be earned by allies who are aligned with and within the LGBT+ community and have demonstrated a level of volunteer efforts and advocacy representation which support IBM's diversity, talent, and business priorities. Allies actively advocate through actions and activities to create a supportive, inclusive culture.

IBMers are incredibly proud of our company’s long-standing commitment to equality. We will continue promoting and defending LGBT rights around the world. And we will also continue to foster and grow a shared corporate culture in which global diversity – including diversity of thought – remains central to our company and its values.

 
 

Diversability – Celebrating People with Disability at IBM

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As a business, we recognise the need to capitalise on the skills and talents of all segments of our diverse community. With four million Australians identifying as having a disability – a figure that will only increase as our population ages we are committed to building the representation of People with Disability (PwD) into our workforce.

Our long term commitment and approach to ensuring that people with disability are represented in our business has resulted in workforce representation across all business areas in the organisation and at all levels. This fact was externally recognised when IBM was named a finalist in the Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year award for the inclusion of people with disability. IBM was recognised for its ongoing commitment to disability employment through its proactive and holistic approach, resulting in disability representation throughout all business units and at all levels from graduate to senior roles within the organisation. In addition, IBM also won the Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association (ASLIA) NSW ‘Organisation of the Year’ award for its commitment to the deaf community in its workforce.

Our proactive approach to employing PwD means this important group is represented across our business. Where needed, we provide accommodations – a modified workplace, specialist equipment or tools – to ensure our PwD employees are able to realise their potential.

We also support video remote interpreting and live remote captioning and encourage hearing colleagues to undertake deafness awareness training. In 2014, IBM appointed a Global Chief Accessibility Officer to further accessibility standards and develop human-centric technology and industry solutions that support PwD.

Locally were founding members of the Australian Network on Disability (AND) – the premier not-for-profit body that supports organisations to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business. In 2016 IBM were proud to be rated as 1st out of all Australian organisations for inclusion of PwD.

 
 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (AUS)

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IBM acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples as the Traditional Custodians of our lands.

We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

We thank them for upholding the cultures and traditions of Australia’s First Peoples.

The goal of IBMs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy is to close the gap between employment outcomes and opportunities for this community and those of other Australians. We aim to raise participation rates, provide cultural education and ensure we have a work environment where IBMers are proud to be of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander heritage.

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Celebrating NAIDOC Week

Every year IBM celebrates NAIDOC week in different locations around Australia. At our 2018 events IBMers learned about the history of NAIDOC week and heard from didgeridoo players Phil Cunningham or Uncle Gnarnayarrahe about their life stories and how the didgeridoo is made and played. Aboriginal caterers provided delicious Aboriginal inspired food including kangaroo pies, barramundi pies, lemon myrtle cheesecake and crocodile green curry tarts – with many of the St Leonards IBMers declaring it the Best. Catering. Ever!

All events supported the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation – with IBMers donating over 500 books for children in remote Northern Territory communities.

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Maori and Pasifika (NZ)

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IBM recognises that Maori and Pasifika cultural awareness is growing amongst corporate New Zealand as an important part of our heritage and identify.

IBM NZ leaders are active champions of Maori and Pasifika culture and work to weave te reo Maori and tea o Maori into all of our culture and practices. We:

  • Celebrate respect for Maori cultural events and customs
  • Create opportunities for IBMers to understand and engage with Maori language and culture
  • Build relationships with Maori and Pasifika in our business community
 
 

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