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ACS Victoria - A Year in Review (2014)

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014

As 2014 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.

Locally, some of the new initiatives and activities include:

  • Hosting over 152 events including SIGs, Branch Forums, Professional Development, breakfast functions and meeting which were attended by over 3300 members, including our luncheon with Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, who discussed ten trends that are empowering today’s entrepreneurs;
  • The implementation of the Mentoring Program which will allow ACS Mentors to provide the benefit of their professional and real world experience to Mentees;
  • Successful piloting of live streaming at events, with view to release widely in 2015 across our events calendar;
  • The new Entrepreneurship & Innovation SIG, convened by Branch Executive Committee member, Josephine Too;

The Victorian State iAwards presentation held on Wednesday 4 June 2014 was attended by the Honourable Gordon Rich-Phillips, MLC, Minister for Technology, Victorian State Government. Congratulations to Charlynn Miller from Federation University who was nominated by ACS Victoria and awarded the Victorian winner for ICT Educator of the Year.

We continue to engage meaningfully on behalf of our members with Government and have during 2014 achieved a number of milestones in our ongoing commitment to supporting the Victorian Government ICT Strategy implementation. We have established/extended relationships with;

  • ACS National Government Relations team – working collaboratively together
  • The Minister and Advisor  – Workforce Engagement Initiative for students
  • The Shadow Minister and Advisor
  • The Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI)
  • The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) / Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
  • Department of Health CIO team / Ministerial Advisory Group
  • State Services Authority (SSA) / Victorian Public Service Commission
  • Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) Victoria
  • Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)
  • Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) funded by DSDBI

Additionally, ACS Victoria has also;

  • Supported a range of University sector student engagement events
  • Continued ACS Chair participation on Digital Careers Committee
  • Supported a range of ACS/AIIA and ICT Industry events, including the CIO Strategy Summit and Connect 2014.

We look forward to an active year in 2015 in the Policy and Government relation arena with continued strong support for Government relationships and policy support whilst providing a voice for our members in planning for the future of ICT in the state of Victoria.

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 2014 the Fellows Honour was awarded in Victoria to Professor Matthew Warren, Dr Keith Frampton and Robert Hillard. Both Professor Warren and Dr Frampton’s Fellows Certificates were presented at the March Branch Forum; Robert Hillard’s presentation will occur at the February 2015 Branch Forum.

Within the Branch, Ksenija Catic moved onto the role of Senior Manager, Talent & Capability Development within the ACS National Secretariat. Ksenija fulfilled the State Manager position since 2012, and for five years prior was the Branch’s Member Services & Events Manager. Natassja Cooper stepped up to become the new State Manager; Sabina Gruetzner is the new Member Services & Events Manager.

Vincent Bovalino joined the team in March as the new Sales and Accounts Manager. The team will be welcoming a new Member Services & Events Coordinator in the New Year, Caitlin Murray, who will work closely with the existing Coordinator, T’arne Whelan.

In October, after leading the ACS since May 2011, Alan Patterson announced his resignation as Chief Executive Officer. Early December saw ACS President, Brenda Aynsley announce the appointment of current ACS Chief Operations Officer Andrew Johnson to the role of Chief Executive Officer. In his time at the ACS Andrew Johnson has delivered significant growth results in the SFIA and education space, all while improving member engagement, particularly among professional partners. He was instrumental in the development of the organisation’s current three-year plan and product offering. Mr Johnson will commence in his role from 1 January 2015.

This year also saw changes in the incoming 2015 Victorian Branch Executive Committee (BEC), and also within the Management Committee at the national level. Elections for the 2015 Victorian BEC were held in October/November, with the following positions filled:

Chairman: Craig Horne
Vice-Chairman: Rod Dilnutt
Secretary: John Graham
Treasurer: Jo Dalvean
Immediate Past Chairman: Michelle Beveridge

Ordinary Committee Members 

Two year term
Ian Dennis
Gregg Boalch
Anastasia Li
Fiona Teakle
Josephine Too

One year term
Ian Wells
Mehrnoush Salehpour
Andrew Parbury
Ernest Stabek
Mark Toomey

We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to our Professional Partners, Special Interest Group Convenors, State BEC 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 BEC and the Victorian Branch, we wish you our Members, a Happy and Safe Festive Season and a Prosperous New Year. 

Michelle Beveridge, Chairman, ACS Victoria and Natassja Cooper, State Manager, ACS Victoria

Please note: All offices of the ACS will be closed from 2pm Friday 19 December and will reopen on Monday 5 January 2015.