Australian website launched to help national charities receive free IT assistance

Australian website launched to help national charities receive free IT assistance connects Australian charities to IT workers seeking experience

Australia’s first website designed to link Australian charity organisations with free IT-tech support has been launched. is a new platform that matches under-resourced charities with under-worked or inexperienced IT candidates looking to bolster their CV while gaining real-time work experience and contacts at the same time.

The program’s founder, John Christian, said undergraduates and new-comers to the IT industry are often looking for pro-bono work they can add to their portfolio of work while they attempt to enter the industry

“Resource-poor charities are always looking for help with their IT-tech infrastructure, so we believe is a win-win,” he said.

The Brisbane businessman broke into the IT industry by volunteering himself at Queensland & Northern Territory Multimedia in 1997.

“The objective of CharityWorks is to bridge the gap between the two - free of charge," he said.

“Most charities in Australia are historically horribly under-resourced and one of the areas that is normally overlooked is a charity’s IT-tech infrastructure.

“Undergrads or people looking at a career change in the IT industry don’t necessarily find work immediately in the sector.

“ works by linking these two groups together so the charity groups get the crucial IT-tech support and advice they so desperately need while undergrads and/or new-comers obtain some vital experience they need to kick-start their careers.”

Mr Christian said there are enough websites, like e-lance or Freelancer, taking work away from the Australian technology industry as the work is outsourced to primarily India, China or Russia.

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