The ACS Canberra Branch has a long and distinguished history, and was one of the founding five states and territories playing a pivotal role in 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 2000 members and around 85 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 - last year the highly successful Conference was held at The National Convention Centre in September. This year’s Conference is earmarked for August also at the National Convention Centre.
ACS Canberra is proud to work alongside its partners in Canberra include the Defence Science Technology Group, Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG) Department of Defence, Australian Federal Police, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, IP Australia, Airservices Australia, Australian Crime Commission, Geoscience Australia, DMO, National Blood Authority, Lifeline, Lockheed Martin, BAE, Oakton, and many other major organizations to help members with professional development.
The ACT Government Patron of ACS Canberra is Chief Minister Mr Andrew Barr MLA and Federally the ACS Patron is the Prime Minister Mr Malcolm Turnbull MP.
The ACS Canberra operation is involved in supporting the Canberra Business Chamber as a Kindred Organisation, and supports the efforts of e-Government Cluster, CollabIT, Digital Careers, Robogals, and many other programmes.
Work is ongoing with the Mentor programme for members that includes a focus on the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) as being a key component of skills identification.
The Society also sponsors 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.