Who we are
The Australian Computer Society is the professional association for Australia’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
In everything we do, our goal is to help our members be the best they can be. We’re passionate about recognising professionalism, developing ICT skills and building a community with a true sense of belonging.
Our members are committed to the pursuit of excellence and the highest standards of professional conduct. We strive for ICT to be recognised as a driver of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors.
Our goal is to help our members be the best they can be.
What we do
We help our members realise their professional ambitions in the global economy, making the most of an era of extraordinary possibility.
As a member, you can receive international, independent recognition for your skills through our certification program, bringing the rewards of new opportunities. Our professional development opportunities, networking and information resources help you carve out a successful career path.
We are also the voice of Australian ICT, representing all practitioners in business, government and education. Our Code of Ethics upholds professional standards while our advocacy and policies help our profession thrive.
We help our members realise their professional ambitions in the global economy.
The ACS is a member of International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3). The IP3 vision under the auspices of IFIP is a global partnership that will define international standards of professionalism in ICT; create an infrastructure that will encourage and support the development of both ICT practitioners and employer organisations; and give recognition to those who meet and maintain the required standards for knowledge, experience, competence and integrity.
The Chair of the IP3 Board is ACS 2014-15 President Brenda Aynsley OAM FACS CP who is a leading advocate of the professionalism message around the world. For more information see http://www.ipthree.org/
South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation
The ACS is a proud member of the South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC). SEARCC is a forum of national Information Technology professional societies in the Asia Pacific region. It aims to promote collaboration and cooperation among the member countries. It holds International Conferences, Workshops, and Competitions. It also builds relationships with other national, international and professional organisations. SEARCC is an affiliate member of the International Federation for Information Processing.
The President of SEARCC is ACS 2012-2013 President Dr Nick Tate, FACS CP and the Secretary General of SEARCC is ACS Treasurer Yohan Ramasundara.
More information: http://www.searcc.org/
International Federation for Information Processing
The ACS is a member of the International Federation of Information processing (IFIP). IFIP is a non-governmental, non-profit umbrella organization for national societies working in the field of information processing. It was established in 1960 under the auspices of UNESCO as a result of the first World Computer Congress held in Paris in 1959. IFIP is incorporated in Austria by decree of the Austrian Foreign Ministry (20th September 1996, GZ 1055.170/120-I.2/96) granting IFIP the legal status of a non-governmental international organisation under the Austrian Law on the Granting of Privileges to Non-Governmental International Organisations (Federal Law Gazette 1992/174). IFIP is the leading multinational, apolitical organization in Information & Communications Technologies and Sciences and represents IT Societies from 50 countries or regions, covering all 5 continents with a total membership of over half a million. IFIP links more than 3500 scientists from Academia and Industry, organized in more than 101 Working Groups reporting to 14 Technical Committees.
ACS 2010-2011 President, Anthony Wong is the ACS representative on IFIP and is a Board member on IFIP.
The Seoul Accord
The ACS is a signatory to the Seoul Accord. The Seoul Accord is a multi-lateral mutual-recognition agreement among agencies responsible for accreditation or recognition of tertiary-level computing and IT-related qualifications.
Membership (called being a signatory) is voluntary, but the signatories are committed to development and recognition of good practice in Computing and IT-related education. The number of signatories is expected to grow, and the activities of the Accord signatories are intended to assist growing globalization of mutual recognition of Computing and IT-related qualifications. The Seoul Accord principles are that
- There will be transparency to the accreditation systems of the signatories and to the educational systems to which the accreditation systems are oriented.
- The Accord should avoid any perception that it is arbitrary and capricious in its practices and policies, including admitting members and applying rules of membership.
- The Accord should work to become recognized as the international authority on quality assurance for education in the Computing and IT-related professions.
- The Accord will promote and develop best practices for the improvement of education in Computing and IT-related disciplines.
- The Accord should continually review its policies and procedures to ensure that they are relevant and reliable indicators of the future of Computing and IT-related technologies.
More information regarding the Seoul accord can be found here: http://www.seoulaccord.com/accord/contents.jsp?menu_l=85&menu_m=218