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The Australian Computer Society is governed by a national Management Committee.  This committee is assisted by a National Congress, eight State and Territory Branch Executive Committees, and three expert advisory boards - the Member Advisory Board, the Profession Advisory Board, and the Technical Advisory Board.

All three Boards provide strategy advice within their areas of expertise to Management Committee via their Vice Presidents.

One of the key strengths of the ACS is the collective knowledge and skills of its members, and the expert advisory boards are the framework for optimising this expertise.

The ACS Management Committee controls and manages the Society, within the bounds set by the Associations Incorporations Act (ACT) and the Society’s Objects, Rules and National Regulations.

The Management Committee consists of the National Office Bearers (President, three Vice Presidents, Immediate Past President, National Treasurer) as well as the Chief Executive Officer and four National Congressional Representatives.               


Ethics Committee


  • Dr Michael Wildenauer

    MACS Snr

    Michael has more than two decades’ experience in technology leadership in a thirty year career in both the private & public sectors; in Australia, the US, UK and Europe. At La Trobe University, Michael teaches into MBA and master’s courses on the social and ethical issues around ICT, business ethics, and corporate governance, and is a member of La Trobe’s Digital Literacies Reference Group. His role also involves industry engagement for LBS. In addition to teaching at LBS, Michael is a technology advisor, and a non-executive director on the board of a rural health service. With degrees in Pure Mathematics & Computer Science and in Business, Michael is currently researching board effectiveness in high technology startups, and has published in the area of corporate governance. Michael is listed as a co-inventor on four current patents in the area of cloud-based audience engagement and sentiment analysis technology for television. He has also held a previous appointment to the Human Research Ethics Committee at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. A senior member of the ACS, ACS CP, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Michael lives in the Macedon Ranges outside of Melbourne.

  • Dr Kirsten Wahlstrom

    Vice Chair

    Kirsten Wahlstrom is a teaching and research academic at the University of South Australia. Her research focuses on the social effects of emerging technologies and she has been involved in two successful grant applications. The first funded research into personalisation and search; the second aims to identify false discourse online. She applies a critical theoretic method to investigate whether emerging technologies disrupt privacy. Kirsten holds five awards for outstanding teaching practice, among them a national award for providing experiential learning to transnational teams of students. Her teaching ethos blends constructivist, humanistic, and experiential pedagogies to initiate and support meaningful transformation. Students are invited to undertake purposive active learning tasks and critical reflections; these intellectual activities support the completion of cognitively demanding, multifaceted assessment tasks. Kirsten’s teaching practice is also characterised by collaboration and her professional network plays an important role, with representatives from industry providing talks, projects, one to one coaching of students, placements, and more. Kirsten’s commitment and motivation emerge from her respect for others, inclusivity, intellectual practice, and social responsibility. Kirsten is currently enrolled in a doctoral programme with the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at DeMontfort University, in Leicester in the UK. The doctoral project identifies and studies privacy disruptions arising from emerging technology; it's theoretical framework is part Theory of Communicative Action and part privacy in context; it's definition of privacy acknowledges the natural fact of privacy while anchoring research design and analysis in privacy as a social construct. Thus far, the project has produced three papers.

  • Professor Alex Reid


    Alex Reid has had over 55 years’ experience in the ITindustry, over 50 in Higher Education, where most recently he was IT Director at the University of WA, and previously IT Director at Oxford University, UK. He currently consults as an Advisor on a part-time basis to AARNet, Australia’s National Research & Education Network, regarding its eResearch program, and also undertakes a small amount of other consultancy work, especially in eInfrastructure policy and strategy and eLearning.He maintains active liaison with colleagues in UK and Europe, where he visits each year.He has undertaken consultancy for universities in Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Qatar, as well as for UNESCO regarding the establishment of NRENs in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, and for OECD on student ownership of computers.He remains an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Australia, where he still undertakes some teaching on Ethics in the School of Computer Science & Software Engineering.Alex is a founding member and Fellow of the Australian Computer Societyand a member of the US Association for Computing Machinery;he is a former Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Australian Institute of Management and Wolfson College, Oxford.

  • Dr Anisha Fernando


    Dr Anisha Fernando is Discipline Lead - Tertiary Studies (Diploma of IT) at the South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT, in partnership with the University of South Australia and Navitas). She works collaboratively with the SAIBT academic team in curriculum development and management of student outcomes and experience, in addition to lecturing and course coordinating responsibilities. She also lectures at Eynesbury College. As an educator, she enjoys teaching students with diverse learning needs and strives to create meaningful learning opportunities, to empower students in their learning journey. Anisha’s research focuses on the societal effects of technology on people's quality of life and the use of disruptive technologies to catalyse innovations for social good, specifically in the areas of information privacy, data ethics, innovation and technology design. She was a research assistant for the Regional Innovation Systems in Northern Adelaide Project, in collaboration with the City of Salisbury. She is passionate about communicating data ethics research to the general public. To this end, she recently collaborated, co-wrote and performed a science communication piece titled, ‘The Private Lives of Data’ for South Australia's National Science Week 2018, after winning a Perform Your Science Grant from the Inspiring South Australia program.

  • Mr Georg Thomas

    MACS Snr CP

    Georg has over 18 years of experience in information security and ICT across Australia and the United States. He is currently the National Security & Risk Manager at leading independent Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth and is based in Melbourne. Georg is currently completing his Doctorate on ethics in cyber security.

  • Professor Oliver Burmeister


    Oliver Burmeister is a professor in information technology at Charles Sturt University (CSU). His research is focused on ethics and on the social impact of technology. One way he achieves this is through his contributions to the field of value sensitive design, a design approach which puts ethics into practice. Another way is through his efforts to improve professional practice. Until Oct 2020 he is a Senior Research Fellow, co-leading the CSU “Flourishing Communities” research sphere; one of the three research spheres in the CSU strategic plan. 30% of the fellowship is for leadership in that sphere, and the other 70% is devoted to pursuing his research.

  • Mr Royce Michael Lee

    MACS Snr

    Royce is a technology executive atQantas, and has held technology leadership roles spanning organisations from small, professional services partnerships, to large ASX100 corporations. He serves as a Board member (and was formerly Secretary) of not-for-profit organisation Bicycle NSW, and is on the Board of Advisors for the CIO Executive Council. He holds a master's degree in business and technology, and a bachelor's degree in the built environment, along with certifications in Enterprise Architecture, IT Management and IT Governance, and IT Service Management. Royce has been a member of the ACS for over 6 years, and was a past recipient of the ACS scholarship to the CIO Pathways program. He’s a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an Associate Fellow of the Instituteof Managers and Leaders (formerly the Australian Institute of Management).

  • Mr Philip Argy


    Philip is an experienced commercial mediator and arbitrator specialising in intellectual property, science, technology, consumer, franchising and competition issues. He has been a computer buff for nearly 50 years and is an experienced programmer. Philip is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Past President (and Honorary Life Member) of the Australian Computer Society and he speaks extensively on subjects such as alternative dispute resolution, professionalism, risk management, electronic evidence and record retention. Philip has appeared as an expert witness before Parliamentary hearings in relation to On-line Content Regulation, Cybercrime and Spam. He also chairs the Ethics and Standards subcommittee of the Australian Council of Professions.