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ACS welcomes decision to Scrap The Cap

Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013

The Australian Computer Society has welcomed the announcement by The Hon. Joe Hockey that the Commonwealth Government will not proceed with the proposed cap on deductible work related self-education expenses.

Prior to the 2013 Federal Election, the ACS joined with numerous other professional bodies to oppose the cap in what became known as the “Scrap The Cap” campaign.

Head of Policy and External Affairs for the ACS, Adam Redman, made the following comments.

“This is a great win for our members and indeed anyone looking to further develop their skills in their chosen career. The proposed cap would barely have covered a single day of professional development, and would have led to professionals falling behind.”

“Continued education is critical to career success in any profession, but even more so in the technology space. The pace of change in technology is arguably more rapid than in any other field, and the proposed cap would have severely disadvantaged our members.”

“Today’s announcement will give great confidence to those professionals who want to build their capability knowing that they can do so without having to endure the possibility of financial hardship.”

Further information

Thomas Shanahan, Australian Computer Society, 0449 902 130

Thomas.shanahan@acs.org.au

About the Australian Computer Society

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The Society exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.