The ACS Canberra Branch has a long and distinguished history, and was one of the founding five states and territories of the creation of the Australian Computer Society as a National Professional Society in 1966. In 2015 ACS Canberra celebrates its 50th year having been formed as the Canberra Computer Society.
With over 2300 members and around 95 events each year, the Canberra Branch supports a thriving ICT community of professionals and provides ICT leadership to Federal Government and the local ICT community. Each year the Canberra Branch conducts a major conference - this year the Conference was held at The Realm on the 23rd and 24th of September.
ACS Canberra is proud to work alongside its partners in Canberra include the Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG) Department of Defence, Australian Federal Police, Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection, IP Australia, Airservices Australia, Australian Crime Commission, Geoscience Australia, DMO, National Blood Authority, Lockheed Martin, BAE, Oakton, and many other major organizations to help members with professional development.
The ACT Government Patron of ACS Canberra is Mr Andrew Barr MLA and Federally the ACS Patron is the Minister for Communications, Mr Malcolm Turnbull MP.
The ACS Canberra operation is involved in supporting the Canberra Business Council as a Kindred Organisation, and works at supporting the efforts of e-Government Cluster, the Digital Canberra intiative, CollabIT and many other programmes.
The Society has sponsored tertiary awards and prizes at the ANU, UC, UNSW ADFA and CIT campuses in Canberra to help inspire, support and promote top graduates in ICT studies.
ACS Canberra works alongside partner societies such as Women in Information and Communication (WIC), ISACA, DAMA, IIM and many other groups. As a partner in the local iAwards ACS Canberra works with AIIA and Pearcey Foundation to support the recognition of best practice in Canberra.