ASX tech stocks have boomed in the last six months but Australian states and territories have seen it to varying degrees.

When it comes to recovering best from COVID-19, Western Australia has been the standout state from a GDP perspective. But those states and territories with the winning tech stocks may surprise you.

While the ACT has only two tech stocks, their average gain places it head and shoulders above all.

Canberra is home to cybersecurity stock archTIS (ASX: AR9) and IT services firm Citadel Group (ASX:CGL). The former is up over 600 per cent in six months in conjunction with the boom in the cybersecurity sector.

Although the latter was only up 30 per cent in six months, the company just announced a takeover bid from Pacific Equity Partners that has boosted it a further 40 per cent today:

 

Here’s a list of ASX-listed Australian domiciled tech stocks, their home state and % gain in 6 months

Code Name Price 6 Month % Return Market Cap State of Domicile
CGL CITADEL GROUP LTD/THE 3.98 28.49 313.27M ACT
AR9 ARCHTIS LTD 0.45 633.33 70.98M ACT
KTE K2 ENERGY LTD 0.03 625 8.72M NSW
BLG BLUGLASS LTD 0.09 147.62 96.37M NSW
LVT LIVETILES LTD 0.21 40 189.47M NSW
XF1 XREF LTD 0.16 -31.91 29.12M NSW
NEA NEARMAP LTD 2.42 88.51 1.12B NSW
LNK LINK ADMINISTRATION HOLDINGS 3.85 4.71 2.03B NSW
OPL OPYL LTD 0.2 162.5 7.75M NSW
HIL HILLS LTD 0.16 -40.74 37.12M NSW
NET NETLINKZ LTD 0.08 45.65 141.36M NSW
EOL ENERGY ONE LTD 4.35 91.11 110.03M NSW
CRO CIRRALTO LTD 0.04 1.10k 57.28M NSW
RKN RECKON LTD 0.85 41.96 92.90M NSW
CWL CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HOLDI 0.01 199 1.65M NSW
MNW MINT PAYMENTS LTD 0.01 50 13.61M NSW
JCS JCURVE SOLUTIONS LTD 0.03 -8.33 10.82M NSW
RHP RHIPE LTD 1.7 6.06 278.76M NSW
TZL TZ LTD 0.06 -18.75 5.96M NSW
OCL OBJECTIVE CORPORATION LTD 11.91 111.82 1.13B NSW
IFM INFOMEDIA LTD 1.61 -8.14 601.00M NSW
CPT CIPHERPOINT LTD 0.05 136 5.95M NSW
JXT JAXSTA LTD 0.09 45.61 20.52M NSW
HWH HOUSTON WE HAVE LTD 0.04 95.45 11.26M NSW
FGO FLAMINGO AI LTD 0.003 50 3.36M NSW
DDR DICKER DATA LTD 7.34 45.49 1.28B NSW
WJA WAMEJA LTD 0.14 68.75 163.46M NSW
MOQ MOQ LTD 0.13 -35 23.07M NSW
IRI INTEGRATED RESEARCH LTD 3.55 31.14 618.95M NSW
JAN JANISON EDUCATION GROUP LTD 0.38 22.58 79.67M NSW
ELO ELMO SOFTWARE LTD 4.89 -18.17 420.60M NSW
AD8 AUDINATE GROUP LTD 5.08 -10.39 387.17M NSW
IXU IXUP LTD 0.04 21.48 24.42M NSW
SIS SIMBLE SOLUTIONS LTD 0.03 133.33 5.65M NSW
SKF SKYFII LTD 0.19 31.03 65.81M NSW
AMO AMBERTECH LTD 0.1 14.94 7.65M NSW
SLX SILEX SYSTEMS LTD 0.55 124 96.75M NSW
FCT FIRSTWAVE CLOUD TECHNOLOGY L 0.13 9.32 77.72M NSW
KYK KYCKR LTD 0.08 73.33 26.82M NSW
BVS BRAVURA SOLUTIONS LTD 3.35 -4.18 823.18M NSW
IP1 INTEGRATED PAYMENT TECHNOLOG 0.03 784.69 18.37M NSW
BTH BIGTINCAN HOLDINGS LTD 1.14 134.34 437.34M NSW
COO CORUM GROUP LTD 0.05 1.25 25.76M NSW
ALU ALTIUM LTD 33.25 24.43 4.38B NSW
OLL OPENLEARNING LTD 0.38 159.26 49.47M NSW
TYR TYRO PAYMENTS LTD 3.21 44 1.62B NSW
TDY THEDOCYARD LTD 0.19 -22.45 28.96M NSW
RFN REFFIND LTD 0 0 2.49M NSW
CL1 CLASS LTD 1.92 64.22 235.76M NSW
WTC WISETECH GLOBAL LTD 27.49 104.09 8.99B NSW
RDY READYTECH HOLDINGS LTD 1.87 45 150.81M NSW
8CO 8COMMON LTD 0.11 100 20.12M NSW
APX APPEN LTD 31.35 74.36 3.88B NSW
ID8 IDENTITII LTD 0.24 28.77 25.62M NSW
ISD ISENTIA GROUP LTD 0.2 28.13 41.00M NSW
RUL RPMGLOBAL HOLDINGS LTD 1.13 27.78 262.15M QNSL
DTL DATA#3 LTD 5.75 81.64 889.98M QNSL
CLT CELLNET GROUP LTD 0.04 -32.79 9.50M QNSL
TNE TECHNOLOGY ONE LTD 7.75 10.9 2.49B QNSL
EML EML PAYMENTS LTD 2.85 15.79 1.03B QNSL
EVS ENVIROSUITE LTD 0.22 76 225.43M QNSL
NXT NEXTDC LTD 10.97 53.33 5.03B QNSL
ODA ORCODA LTD 0.1 -50.5 11.49M QNSL
MSL MSL SOLUTIONS LTD. 0.06 23.53 20.30M QNSL
RCW RIGHTCROWD LTD 0.22 0 48.73M QNSL
CAG CAPE RANGE LTD 0.22 -35.71 21.35M QNSL
IHR INTELLIHR LTD 0.24 422.73 65.10M QNSL
TCN TECHNICHE LTD 0.04 5.41 8.22M QNSL
COS COSOL LTD 0.69 138.98 89.89M QNSL
NVX NOVONIX LTD 1.88 817.05 632.45M QNSL
OTW OVER THE WIRE HOLDINGS LTD 4.05 59.36 206.60M QNSL
MP1 MEGAPORT LTD 14.86 101.2 2.33B QNSL
XPE XPED LTD 0 150 4.48M SAUS
BUD BUDDY TECHNOLOGIES LTD 0.07 400 182.08M SAUS
CDA CODAN LTD 10.83 98.87 1.94B SAUS
PRO PROPHECY INTERNATIONAL HLDGS 0.55 3.85 34.59M SAUS
TNT TESSERENT LTD 0.25 380.39 166.44M VICT
WSP WHISPIR LTD 3.35 231.78 368.76M VICT
DUB DUBBER CORP LTD 0.98 34.01 204.80M VICT
BCT BLUECHIIP LTD 0.08 8.45 45.66M VICT
HYD HYDRIX LTD 0.28 159.44 29.54M VICT
RXP RXP SERVICES LTD 0.41 61.75 66.05M VICT
YOJ YOJEE LTD 0.25 1.24k 251.85M VICT
SNS SENSEN NETWORKS LTD 0.09 8.54 40.10M VICT
IOD IODM LTD 0.17 112.5 95.11M VICT
DTZ DOTZ NANO LTD 0.27 474.47 89.91M VICT
CGO CPT GLOBAL LIMITED 0.19 12.79 8.80M VICT
DWS DWS LTD 0.92 9.13 120.63M VICT
WCG WEBCENTRAL GRP LTD 0.16 101.22 20.15M VICT
ADS ADSLOT LTD. 0.02 51.72 40.57M VICT
IRE IRESS LTD 9.96 -4.4 1.91B VICT
BCC BEAM COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS 0.22 0 11.63M VICT
CPU COMPUTERSHARE LTD 12.37 18.39 6.64B VICT
CXZ CONNEXION TELEMATICS LTD 0.02 11.76 16.40M VICT
VLT VAULT INTELLIGENCE LTD 0.62 283.87 76.16M VICT
HSN HANSEN TECHNOLOGIES LTD 3.98 29.34 782.35M VICT
RDF REDFLEX HOLDINGS LTD 0.38 -25.49 57.60M VICT
ADA ADACEL TECHNOLOGIES LTD 0.68 63.29 53.89M VICT
SEN SENETAS CORP LTD 0.06 31.11 63.85M VICT
PPS PRAEMIUM LTD 0.49 78.57 204.34M VICT
MOB MOBILICOM LTD/AUSTRALIA 0.1 74.55 24.76M VICT
CCG COMMSCHOICE GROUP LTD 0.08 39.66 15.50M VICT
RCL READCLOUD LTD 0.36 18.03 35.84M VICT
TGO TRIMANTIUM GROWTHOPS LTD 0.05 -36.71 7.60M VICT
PYG PAYGROUP LTD 0.57 0 46.05M VICT
CT1 CONSTELLATION TECHNOLOGIES L 0.03 47.37 37.93M VICT
LVH LIVEHIRE LTD 0.34 143.33 109.22M VICT
SE1 SENSERA LTD 0.07 611.11 20.62M VICT
SF1 STEMIFY LTD -23.08 3.14M VICT
DTC DAMSTRA HOLDINGS LTD 1.95 120.22 273.39M VICT
AVA AVA RISK GROUP LTD 0.33 195.24 73.22M VICT
KNO KNOSYS LTD 0.1 75.44 14.88M VICT
UBN URBANISE.COM LTD 0.07 54.17 55.15M VICT
CAT CATAPULT GROUP INTERNATIONAL 1.92 103.11 374.15M VICT
SMX SECURITY MATTERS LTD 0.38 10.29 48.40M VICT
TYM TYMLEZ GROUP LTD 0.1 376.19 29.20M VICT
SYT SYNTONIC LTD 0 0 6.94M WAUS
3DP POINTERRA LTD 0.42 1.36k 274.70M WAUS
K2F K2FLY LTD 0.37 89.74 34.19M WAUS
QFY QUANTIFY TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS 0 150 5.02M WAUS
VOR VORTIV LTD 0.22 115 29.98M WAUS
SMN STRUCTURAL MONITORING-CDI 0.49 10 59.17M WAUS
DTI DTI GROUP LTD 0.02 -4.35 7.37M WAUS
NOR NORWOOD SYSTEMS LTD 0.03 -27.03 6.69M WAUS
FGL FRUGL GROUP LTD 0.03 -22.5 3.07M WAUS
CNW CIRRUS NETWORKS HOLDINGS LTD 0.03 42.11 23.85M WAUS
DCC DIGITALX LTD 0.04 171.43 23.35M WAUS
EPD EMPIRED LTD 0.5 52.31 79.34M WAUS
BID BIDENERGY LTD 0.95 57.14 129.99M WAUS
HSC HSC TECHNOLOGY GROUP LTD 0.01 333.33 21.78M WAUS
AO1 ASSETOWL LTD 0.01 111.54 4.90M WAUS
LNU LINIUS TECHNOLOGIES LTD 0.04 150 46.66M WAUS
NUH NUHEARA LTD 0.05 166.67 66.79M WAUS
BRN BRAINCHIP HOLDINGS LTD 0.69 1.69k 1.02B WAUS
ELS ELSIGHT LTD 0.52 92.59 55.65M WAUS
SP3 SPECTUR LTD 0.06 -12.86 6.46M WAUS
DXN DXN LTD 0.02 -11.83 24.40M WAUS
DSE DROPSUITE LTD 0.06 96.97 36.53M WAUS
DUG DUG TECHNOLOGY LTD 1.23 -9 122.35M WAUS
FZO FAMILY ZONE CYBER SAFETY LTD 0.48 433.71 156.91M WAUS
IS3 I SYNERGY GROUP LIMITED 0.08 -42.31 13.75M WAUS
VR1 VECTION TECHNOLOGIES LTD 0.06 227.78 49.42M WAUS
CIO CONNECTED IO LTD 0.03 10 5.45M WAUS
AV1 ADVERITAS LTD 0.12 4.55 37.10M WAUS
ICE ICETANA LTD 0.13 -17.86 15.76M WAUS
MYQ MYFIZIQ LTD 0.63 351.85 70.08M WAUS
CV1 CV CHECK LTD 0.1 12.5 28.93M WAUS
HTG HARVEST TECHNOLOGY GROUP LTD 0.34 422.39 163.88M WAUS
WBT WEEBIT NANO LTD 0.89 200 91.45M WAUS
SCL SCHROLE GROUP LTD 0.02 28.57 26.52M WAUS
NVU NANOVEU LTD 0.06 75.68 8.96M WAUS

 

South Australia is the next best state with its four stocks returning an average of 163 per cent. One of these is smart light-maker Buddy Technologies (ASX:BUD) which has gained 400 per cent in recent months.

Buddy particularly excited investors after its LIFX brand announced the world’s first “disinfecting anti-bacterial smart light”, which it expects to release to market in Q4.

 

Victoria stands out

Among states with a larger contingent of tech stocks, it is a close battle but Victoria comes out on top with a return of just over 101 per cent.

Despite being the only state to experience a significant second COVID-19 wave, Victoria has been home to a number of tech success stories.

One is communications software company Whispir (ASX:WSP). After listing last year and stagnating for some months it has taken off after winning several public sector contracts.

One was from the Victorian government, which hired it to help it stay in touch with COVID-19 sufferers and other individuals in isolation.

Tesserent (ASX:TNT) is another booming cybersecurity play. , standing out with its earnings growth and acquisitions.

Other Victorian winners include Internet of Things (IoT) tracking tech company Sensera (ASX:SE1) which has likewise seen earnings growth and contract wins, as well as takeover target Vault Intelligence (ASX:VLT).

 

The best of the rest

Nipping at the heels of Victoria’s tech sector is Queensland’s, up 101 per cent in six months.

The Sunshine State’s best performers include intelliHR (ASX:IHR) which was recently a recipient of an investment from tech entrepreneur Bevan Slattery, and battery tech stock Novonix (ASX:NVX).

Western Australia is slightly behind with a 99 per cent average gain across its sector.

It is also home to a Bevan Slattery-investee company in Pointerra (ASX:3DP) as well as AI tech company Brainchip (ASX:BRN) which rose from 5 cents in March to over 65 cents today.

Brainchip is one of the ASX’s biggest winners in that time, as it shifts closer to the commercialisation of its technology.

New South Wales lags but still has a healthy 75 per cent average return. Its best performer is B2B payments stock Cirralto (ASX:CRO), up over 1,000 per cent in 6 months.

The company began taking off in July when it finally launched its platform after years of development.

At Stockhead, we tell it like it is. While Cirralto is a Stockhead advertiser, it did not sponsor this article.