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A message from the ACS Qld Chair - Dr Nick Tate

Thursday, 10 Dec 2015

As we draw to the close of 2015, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on what has been achieved over the year and to give an outline of what has been planned so far for 2016.

Perhaps first and foremost, it has been a busy year. Not only has the branch run nearly 100 events but we have been very fortunate to have active chapters in Townsville, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast who have also been running events. Over a year ago, we took the decision to start extending our activities via video conference and I am pleased to report that we are now routinely doing so for many events. During 2015, we launched a Queensland branch social media campaign and now have almost 1,000 followers on Facebook and nearly 1,500 connections on LinkedIn. This has provided a great way to connect with our members and potential new members.

The ACS has been active this year both in developing policy and in working with others to better understand both the IT profession and the IT environment more generally throughout Australia. This year saw the first ever publication of “Australia’s Digital Pulse” in conjunction with Deloitte Access Economics. It provides a substantial analysis of ICT in Australia, including the demand and supply of ICT workers.  It was launched nationally by The Hon Malcolm Turnbull and in Queensland by our ICT Minister, the Hon Leanne Enoch in July. This document is well worth reading and is available to members from the ACS website.

We have also been working closely with both the Government and the ICT industry in Queensland and it was a wonderful to see the Minister presenting Certified Professional (CP) certificates to recently qualified members, in front of the Queensland ICT industry, at an event in June. As part of our work with industry and government, we maintain strong membership of, and support for the Council of ICT Associations (CICTA), here in Queensland.

Although 2015 was indeed busy, next year is the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the ACS as a national organisation for the IT profession, and many events are already being planned for the year. Just a few of these are indicated below but of particular note is the ACS Queensland conference which is planned for 25th October 2016.

ACS ICT Leader’s Breakfast – 1st event is on 16th March 2016
Our regular Education Across the Nation events – with the 1st one scheduled for March – date TBC
Gold Coast Chapter - March AGM & PD event on the topic of robots.
ICTforWomenQld – Leadership Hacks April – date TBC
Future Leaders Institute – a national event likely to be run in May 2016
Our Special Interest Group events – various PD & networking events throughout the year

I am also particularly pleased to report that, with the active interest of other branches around Australia, we are currently planning the pilot of a Career Development programme targeted at both those seeking jobs and those who would like to advance in their career. This will be available to members only.

Given all this activity, I am very pleased that the newly elected Branch Executive Committee (BEC) for 2016/2017 has already got off to a great start with many of the new members joining with the outgoing committee at a planning meeting in early December. It is a pleasure to welcome the new committee and to report that we now have committee members from Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton as well as South-East Queensland. I would also like to thank all the existing branch officers and members of the committee and to particularly acknowledge the contributions of Enid Hughes and Wilfred Brimblecombe, who will retire at the end of this year.

I would like to say a particular thank you to all the Queensland branch staff, Barry Snashall, Kylie Barringer and Samantha Way, who has joined us recently. All ACS Queensland members benefit immensely from having such a dedicated and professional team to work with.

Last, but of course not least, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I look forward to catching up with many of you at our events in 2016, the ACS’s 50th birthday year.

Nick Tate
ACS Queensland Chair