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ACS Week In Review: 13 December 2013

Friday, 13 Dec 2013

There can be no doubt that the Australian economy has seen a turbulent week, with the announcement that Holden will cease manufacturing in Australia from 2017. Our thoughts are with those affected, and particularly those ACS members who will be directly impacted by this decision. We are pleased to hear that Holden’s design capability, which is heavily reliant on technology, will remain in Australia.

The ACS continues to advocate for improved ICT education and will be lobbying state and federal governments to look at ICT and technology as the way to build a sustainable, growing economy for the entire nation. Now more than ever, the focus needs to be on the jobs of the future and how we, as a society, can help people achieve in the months and years to come.

This will be the final Week in Review for 2013, as ACS offices will close from December 20 until January 13, 2014. It has been a pleasure collating interesting news and information over the course of this year, and on behalf of the Australian Computer Society we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and prosperous new year.

Confidence in the digital economy

The ACMA Communications Report 2012–13 shows that Australia’s digital economy has again grown strongly during 2012–13 with increases in internet usage, consumer choice and mobile access to the internet. 

Chair of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), Chris Chapman said despite the extraordinarily rapid rate of change, Australians seemed to be adapting reasonably confidently and relatively seamlessly to an internet-enabled world.

“Usage is up, choices and platforms are growing, mobility is all-consuming and our online experience is getting deeper and more intense, as we do more and more activities via the internet,” Mr Chapman said. 

He said mobility was an increasing feature of online participation with 7.5 million Australians using the internet via their mobile phone, an increase of 33 per cent since June 2012 and 510 per cent since June 2008.

Survey results reinforce the value of ACS professional certification

Following the 20th annual ACS Employment Survey, analysis of remuneration data and certifications held by survey respondents has today been released by the Australian Computer Society.

In addition to remuneration and employment conditions, survey respondents were asked to identify whether they held an ACS professional certification, vendor certification or no certification at all.

Over 2,300 respondents participated in this surveyed area providing statistically significant data.

The survey found that when considering total remuneration packages, those holding Certified Professional status with the Australian Computer Society earned on average 11.4% more than those holding vendor certifications alone, and 15.2% more than those without any certifications.

Santa to commence journey tracked entirely online

In a little under 2 weeks, an 8 reindeer powered sleigh will take off from an ice airfield somewhere near the North Pole. After appropriate de-icing procedures have been completed, people across the globe will be able to track this momentous journey using a range of apps and websites.

Santa has been tracked since 1955, when the North American Aerospace Defence Command (then known as CONAD) began tracking what is widely regarded as the fastest journey undertaken each year by anyone.

With the growth of the internet and the ubiquitous nature of technology, you can now track the journey from the comfort of your own home, or even when you’re out and about. Visit for the official NORAD Santa tracking service, or head to and see other aircraft get out of Santa’s way. 

Santa’s sleigh is equipped with ELF-G mobile broadband to transmit location and video down to the ground, and travels with the call sign HOHOHO.

The Policy and External Affairs Team of Adam Redman, Athol Chalmers and Thomas Shanahan would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, and offer you this video as a small gesture of Christmas Cheer.