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ACS welcomes new Fellow and Honours recipients

Thursday, 21 Jun 2012

Australia, Thursday 21 June 2012: The Australian Computer Society (ACS) today welcomes West Australian member Michael Malone who has his membership elevated to Fellowship. The ACS also congratulates ACS members Brand Hoff and Randall Straw on receiving the Order of Australia and the Public Service Medal respectively in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours lists.

ACS Western Australia Chair David Clarke comments: “The ACS is delighted to welcome internet pioneer and founder of iiNet Michael Malone as a Fellow of the society. Michael has not only made an outstanding contribution to the development of internet technology in Australia, he is an ambassador of ICT professionalism and his achievements demonstrate the opportunities of the growing digital economy.” 

In Victoria, ACS honorary member Randall Straw, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Business and Innovation, was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for outstanding public service to the community as a leading advocate, strategist and practitioner of technology-based innovation.

Ian Dennis, ACS Victoria Chair comments: “Randall Straw has been at the heart of promoting technology in the State. He has made an invaluable contribution to the ICT Industry, research and development, and the public sector. We congratulate him on his efforts and recognition.”

Brand Hoff, an ACS fellow was also recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, becoming a member of the Order of Australia for his services to the ICT Industry and the ACT. Mr Hoff is Chair of the Canberra Business Council and is a founding board member of the IT research centre, NICTA.

ACS Canberra Chair Michael Hawkins said: “Brand Hoff is one of the ACS’ most active fellows and his achievements in promoting ICT in the ACT are unparalleled. It is extremely fitting that his efforts have been recognised at the highest level and it is our honour to count him as one of our members.”

Dr Nick Tate, ACS President added: “ACS members have a long history of excellence. Our latest Fellow and the two recipients of national honours are indicative of the deep expertise within the society, with representatives across the breath and depth of the ICT community from industry, government, education and the community. We applaud their achievements and look forward to working together to enhance the contribution of ICT to the nation.”

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About the ACS

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) is the recognised professional association for those working in Information and Communications Technology, seeking to raise the standing of ICT professionals and represent their views to government, industry and the community. A member of the Australian Council of Professions, the ACS is the guardian of professional ethics and standards in the ICT sector, committed to ensuring the beneficial use of ICT for all Australians. It provides both members and non-members with opportunities for professional education, networking and certification, as well as enabling them to contribute to the development of their profession. Visit for more information.