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Did you know - History of the ACS Objects

Wednesday, 24 Feb 2016

In 2016, the ACS is celebrating 50 years as the peak body for the ICT profession. Today we have over 20,000 members and work with thought leaders across the globe to advance Australia's digital future. We are only able to achieve this through our strong governance and management principles. 

The ACS Objects outline what our organisation stands for. Creating and maintaining these objects is no easy task, and they must be periodically reviewed to ensure they reflect a modern professional body.

Around 14 years ago, a discussion commenced around the inclusion of the word 'communications' in our objects. With the rapid advances in technology which occurred around the turn of the millennium, it was felt that the time was right to make this change, which has helped establish our position for the future. 

Our CEO at the time, Dennis Furini FACS, described the change as "...recognition of the broadening of the scope of the IT industry and general acceptance that it encompasses communications." 

"Although ACS is and remains the pre-eminent Professional Society in the ICT field it was felt that the principal object should be broadened to reflect the widest sphere of interest of the Society."

The updated objects were put to a General Meeting on June 25, 2003. They were passed, and remain as the guiding principles of our organisation.

Principal Object

To promote the development of Australian information and communications technology resources

Secondary Objects

To advance professional excellence in information and communications technology

To further the study, science and application of information and communications technology

To promote, develop and monitor competence in the practice of information and communications technology.

To define and promote the maintenance of standards of knowledge of information and communications technology for members

To promote the formulation of effective policies on information and communications technology and related matters

To extend the knowledge and understanding of information and communications technology in the community

To maintain and promote the observance of a code of ethics for members of the Society