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Are you a national and international leader in your field?  If so, ACS would be delighted to hear from you as we seek candidates to participate on our Data Science and Data Analytics working group over the next 12 months.

As the professional association for Australia’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector, the ACS is passionate about the ICT profession being recognised as a driver of innovation and business – able to deliver real, tangible outcomes.



The Digital Economy represents an unprecedented opportunity for Australia to create and exploit new technologies to enhance how we live, work and interact. It will enable higher levels of productivity, open up new markets for Australian ingenuity and deliver enormous benefits in enhancing quality of life, accelerating access to information and unlocking new realms of possibility. For Australia to fully capitalise on the potential of the digital economy, action is needed to create the conditions, and build the capability to embrace the opportunities presented.

The Current Environment for Data Analysts and Data Scientists

The irresistible digitisation of our lives coupled with innovative application of analytics have led to astonishing changes in the way we understand the world, the services we create, and the level of intimacy companies have with customers. The strong and rapidly growing trend in industry (and government) to utilise data to improve business outcomes, improve the quality of services offered, or create new offerings has led to creation of analytics centres, consisting of analytics experts, as well as a range of self-service options for non-experts.


The Evolving Spectrum of Skills required for Data Analysts and Data Scientists


The analytics centres in many organisations are focused on a core team to develop most analytics capabilities, including building the data warehouse, creating semantic models, and writing reports based on rigid requirements.

Data and analytics leaders often struggle to define, establish and communicate the range of analytics capabilities their teams can offer the organization.  IT leaders such as CIOs and CDOs regularly contend that they want to move away from simple “report writing” and expand the notion of analytics from BI application development to enable the entire organization to benefit from data and analytics.

Tactical business intelligence competency centres (BICCs), having formed within and emerged from IT organizations, are often too limited in scope and technology-focused to provide broad-spectrum analytic enablement. Leading enterprises in most industries generally are more successful with analytics, but these deployments still tend to be targeted only at particular use cases, without knowledge capture or transfer throughout the enterprise.

With the increasing demand to enabling others in the organisation to undertake analytics, a shift is required in the skills and practices in analytics centres towards collaborative design and offering of higher-level analytics. This shift supports a model better termed an "analytics community of excellence."

The skill sets required within an evolved analytics centre include: 

  • Organization capabilities — Defining and enabling required roles and responsibilities, and influencing culture.
  • Project capabilities — Performing management and administrative activities, and gauging project performance.
  • Data capabilities — Identifying information sources and delivering some higher-level analytics.
  • Education capabilities — Fostering innovation and self-service enablement along with related knowledge management activities.
  • Technology capabilities — Establishing tool and architecture standards.

Are you the right person?

1. Expertise

• Is actively engaged in the profession and/or professional practice of ICT (Mandatory)

• Is a recognised thought leader (Mandatory)

• Has relevant qualifications and/or prior learning (Desirable)


2. Networks and Spheres of Influence

• Has relevant government relationships and connections (Desirable)

• Has relevant industry connections (Desirable)


3. Accountable

• Can deliver committee objectives & measures (Mandatory)

• Commercially astute (Desirable)


4. Commitment and Passion

• Can dedicate the time for formal & informal events / meetings and thinking (Mandatory)

• Has a passion for the ICT industry and is aligned to ACS’ Vision and Strategy (Mandatory)

• Is prepared to join the ACS if not already a member (Mandatory)

• No conflicts of interest


5. Capabilities

• Resilient (Mandatory)

• Flexible (Mandatory)

• Strong communicator - written and verbal (Mandatory)

• Strategic Thinker (Desirable)

• Influential (Desirable)


Interested applicants should send an expression of interest via and include:

• Up to 300 words on the contribution they can make & why they’re interested

• One page CV or a link to their LinkedIn profile

• Optional: Up to two pages addressing the selection criteria


These roles are limited to ACS members, and are unpaid voluntary contributions to your profession.


Expressions of interest must be received by 4th March 2018.