Well actually there are two elections. One is obviously the Victorian state government elections later this year. ACS is putting together a briefing for the two major parties with our key concerns for the ICT industry in Victoria but more on that in coming weeks.
For this week I want to talk with you about the elections for the Branch Executive Committee (BEC) of the Victorian branch of the ACS - your branch.
Your BEC is made up of volunteers from the profession who devote time, energy and intellect into representing and providing services to the ACS membership in Victoria. We work with the national and branch office staff to provide topics and speakers for branch forums, to provide input to Information Age articles, get involved in research and policy development, to support and encourage the Special Interest Groups, to bring special events to Victoria such as the recent YoungIT Conference (#YITCON2014), develop strategies for the continued strength of the Victorian branch and to lobby local businesses, education providers and state governments to ensure industry and profession interests are progressed.
Your BEC is elected by you, the members, from a list of nominees who are themselves members. The voting process is relatively painless - in fact it is online and only takes around 5 minutes to complete - and yet based on numbers for the past 5 years less than 15% of the membership cast their vote.
Have your say in how the Victorian Branch is run. You may think that we could improve or you may think we are doing a great job.
Look at the candidate statements and consider how they match your vision for the ACS in Victoria.
Do you value retaining our proud traditions? Do you think we need renewal and change? Is the diversity of the group (age, career backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, etc) important to you? Do you put more weight on the expertise of the individuals? Is there a good range of different skills amongst the nominees you are considering?
I urge you to review all of the nominee's profiles and carefully consider your vote because it is precious to you and to us.Please Vote and participate in your ACS!
Voting is now open!
All eligible members have now been contacted via email with instructions on how to vote. If you have not received an email please contact the Returning Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Polls close 5:00pm, Friday 7th November, 2014. *Please note unfinancial and student members are excluded from voting (NR2.13.4 and NR188.8.131.52)