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ACS Victoria - A Year in Review

Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, we reflect on not only how fast the year has gone but also how extremely proud we can be of the achievements of the ACS and the Victorian Branch over this period. Amongst the many achievements, the Society continues to strive to be more accessible and relevant to a greater range of people working in ICT. 

Nationally, we have implemented a range of new and exciting initiatives, including:

  • A refreshed Brand and Website;
  • MySFIA – a tool to determine your current skills profile, identify possible career roles, and recognise development areas to focus on to help achieve your goal;
  • New short courses – Business & Consulting Skills for IT Professionals, Business Analysis in Practice, and Organisational Change Management Techniques for ICT Professionals;
  • A Mobile App – your portable continuing professional development (CPD) manager;
  • Access to PC & Tech Authority magazine in a digital subscription;
  • Increased the number of events to over 600 around Australia;
  • Released research findings including the ACS Remuneration Survey, Statistical Compendium and Employment Survey.

Locally, we announced the departure of our highly regarded Branch Manager, Tom Rose, who retired in February after nearly 10 years of loyal service to the ACS. We welcomed Ksenija Catic into the role of State Manager and Daphne Kechagias into the role of Member Services & Events Manager. In 2012, our Victorian Branch staff increased to better accommodate our events including Special Interest Groups and better service our members. Joining us this year were Sabina Gruetzner and Natassja Cooper as Member Services & Events Coordinators and Matthew Pedron as our Sales & Accounts Manager.

ACS Victoria worked hard to provide detailed responses on a number of policy matters including; Vic ICT & e-Services register, ICT Skills, ICT Statistics, Vic ICT Strategy, and Government ICT purchases. A number of meetings have also been held by Members of the Victorian Policy Committee with Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Ministerial Advisers, Policy Groups in both major parties, and various bureaucrats.

ACS Victoria hosted the State iAwards in July in collaboration with AIIA Victoria and the Pearcey Foundation. The National iAwards were held in Melbourne in August with special guests; Senator the Hon. Stephen Conroy, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate and The Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy, and the Hon. Gordon Rich-Phillips, Victorian Minister for Technology, the gala event attracted some 800 industry leaders from across the country. The iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the industry. Most importantly, the iAwards honours the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators.

The Victorian winners of the Individual Categories were;

  • ICT Educator of the Year – Dr Stasys Lukaitis
  • ICT Professional of the Year – Mark Toomey
  • ICT Woman of the Year – Kaylene O'Brien
  • ICT CIO of the Year – Gavin Gusling

2012 saw the formation of a new Special Interest Group (SIG), Strategic Soft Skills SIG wih Gavin Norris as SIG Convenor. The Victorian ICT for Women & VITTA strategic alliance were also finalised. 

ACS Victoria also hosted a number of events for ICT Careers week in July utilising the ‘Start Here Go Anywhere’ campaign to promote ICT careers.  We provided collaborated assistance for the VITTA Conference in August, as well as the ICT Careers Expo in September. 

Membership growth is important for the health of the Society but equally as important and vital to the relevancy and strength of the Society is an actively engaged membership. This year the Branch hosted 200 events including SIGs, Branch Forums, Professional Development events, breakfast functions, special flagship events including the Charles Todd Oration and meetings which were attended by over 4500 members.

ACS has as its core mission the advancement of professional excellence in information technology. A Fellow is the highest grade of membership in the ACS, and is one of the formal ways in which the ACS can recognize an outstanding contribution to the development of ICT in Australia. In 2012 the Fellows Honour was awarded Prof Frada Burstein, Dr Lynda Bourne and Dr Rod Dilnutt.

ACS Honorary Life Membership is our way of recognizing the significant contribution of individuals to the ICT profession through their service to the ACS. It is a rare National award, and only granted to those whose extended and selfless service warrants it. This year the Honorary Life Membership was awarded to Chris Avram whom has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian Computer Society over 17 years.

We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to our Professional Partners, Special Interest Group Convenors, State Board Members and the Victorian Branch for their ongoing commitment and contribution to the Society. Our many achievements and initiatives would not be possible without their continued hard work, support and dedication.

On behalf of the Victorian Board and the Victorian Branch, we wish you our Members, a Happy and Safe Festive Season and a Prosperous New Year. 

Ian Dennis, Chairman, ACS Victoria and Ksenija Catic, State Manager, ACS Victoria

Please note: The Victorian Branch will be closed from 1pm Friday 21st December 2012 and will reopen on Monday 14th January 2013