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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.               

ACS Representative Positions



International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP)

  • Mr Ted Smillie

    Technical Committee 2: Software Theory and Practice
    MACS Snr

    Ted is Managing Director, Montrose Computer Services Pty Limited, established in 1994. Ted is current QESP Chairman, former National Chairman, Software Quality Association (SQA), former ASMA/SQA NSW Chairman and in 2006 was awarded the Australian ITP Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the IT Industry. He has also been chairman and speaker at numerous software industry conferences. Ted’s specialties are Software Process Improvement, Software Project Management, Software Quality Assurance & Testing and Software Risk Management. Ted has project managed numerous IT process improvement and certification programs and is a qualified ISO 9001, ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 lead auditor. He has run many training courses in Australia and overseas and has consulted to a wide range of clients.

  • Dr Therese Keane

    Technical Committee 3: Education

    For over 20 years Dr Therese Keane has been a stalwart for empowering girls in STEM. Her passion and many achievements have been acknowledged by her peers in her receiving numerous national and state awards. Therese is currently the Deputy Chair of the Department of Education at Swinburne University. She has worked in a variety of school settings where she has taught IT and lead in K-12 education as the Director of ICT. Her Doctorate in Education focuses on ICT Leadership in schools. At a national level, Therese is the Chair of Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Educators Committee, a member of the ACS Professional Advisory Board and a board member of the Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE). Internationally, she is the Australian representative for the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee on Education. Therese is a former office holder in three professional teaching associations, the Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association (VITTA), Information and Communications Technology in Education Victoria (ICTEV) and the Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria (DLTV). Therese has presented numerous seminars and workshops for teachers involved in the teaching of IT. She has written several textbooks in all units of Senior IT in Victoria, VCE Information Technology since 1995 and has worked with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in the development of the VCE IT Study Design and various roles associated with VCE assessment over the past 20 years. Therese is involved in the provision of professional development to ICT teachers and research into the use of technology, gender inequalities in STEM based subjects, robotics in education and computers in schools for teaching and learning purposes. Therese runs humanoid robot (NAO) workshops for primary and secondary school students during the school holidays and is also involved with the FIRST LEGO League, as she is the Tournament Director for Victoria and is a lead mentor for the RoboCats – a school girl only robotics team that participates in the FIRST Robotic Competition.

  • Dr Dale Mackrell

    Technical Committee 8: Information Systems
    MACS Snr

    Dr Dale MacKrell is a Senior Research Officer at the Research School of Management in the ANU College of Business & Economics. Previously, Dale was an academic at the University of Canberra and Griffith University. Her research and teaching interests include business intelligence, gender relations, and projects in the not-for-profit and public sector. Dale has published in Information Systems Journal, Decision Support Systems journal and the Australasian Journal of Information Systems as well as numerous Australian and international conferences. She is a senior member of professional organisations such as the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Australasian Association for Information Systems (AAIS). Prior to academia, Dale worked as a programmer/analyst both in the public sector in Canberra and in the private sector in London, Sydney and Brisbane.

  • Professor Oliver Burmeister

    Technical Committee 9: ICT & Society

    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.

  • Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland

    Technical Committee 11: Security and Privacy Protection in Information Processing Systems
    MACS Snr

    Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland is the Associate Dean for Computing and Security in the School of Science at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia and is an associate member of the Centre for Security, Communications & Network Research within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. Paul has delivered keynotes, invited presentations, workshops and seminars across the world for audiences including Sri Lanka CERT, ITU and IEEE. He has more than 20 years of experience in cyber security research and education in both the UK and Australia. Paul is the Working Group Coordinator and the ACS/Australian Country Member Representative to the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee 11 (TC11 - Security and Privacy Protection in Information Processing Systems), the secretary to IFIP Working Group 11.1 (Information Security Management), the ACS representative to Standards Australia for Risk Management (OB 007) and a member of the ACS Cyber Security Committee, a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow of the BCS and a Senior Member of the ACS/Certified Professional. He is the author of over 70 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings and edited 29 proceedings.

  • Professor Simeon Simoff

    Technical Committee 12: Artificial Intelligence
    MACS Snr

    He has held academic positions at the University of Sydney, University of Bolzano-Bozen and Ecole Polytechnique de l'Université de Nantes. He is known for his transdisciplinary research, which links data science, human-machine interaction, design computing and intelligent virtual reality. His current research and development interests are in visual analytics, insights and discoveries, cognitive algorithms, and believability in AI.

  • Professor Artur Lugmary

    Technical Committee 14: Entertainment Computing