Dear Member, Welcome to my long overdue members update! I'm glad I can report my relative silence on the newsletter front has been the result of a lot of work behind the scenes. As the holidays rapidly approach I'd like to take a few moments to let you know what your ACS Branch Executive Committee has been up to on your behalf. Earlier this month the ACS held its national AGM and elected a new president of the society. The Tasmanian Branch congratulates Brenda Ainsley on her election as the president of the Australian Computer Society. Brenda has dedicated countless hours to the betterment of the society and takes over the presidency with a strong agenda. A number of other positions were also elected during the AGM and the full list can be found on the ACS website. The lead-up to the AGM also saw some extensive strategic planning workshops conducted by the national Congress during which Tasmania was well represented. The outcomes of these sessions have been submitted to our management committee and will guide our new strategic plans. One piece of news I have been very excited about sharing is the appointment of the Australian Computer Society Tasmania Branch to the state government's Digital Futures Advisory Council. This select group of influential thought leaders provide strategic advice to the government about supporting the effective and efficient use of ICT in the state to maximise the benefits to the economy and the community. The ACS is proud to be asked to contribute to this group and see it as recognition of the hard work of the Branch Executive to represent the interests of our professional members and the broader community. It is appropriate at this junction to note the ACS is an apolitical organisation dedicated to enabling the success of our members and promoting professionalism in ICT. Our advice and counsel is not restricted to any group or political association. Indeed, I believe it is due to our impartiality and passion for ICT in Tasmania that has seen both the Minister for Innovation, Science & Technology, Mr David O'Byrne and the Shadow Minister Michael Ferguson agree to participate in a pre-election ICT debate hosted by the ACS. Final details are being confirmed and a more detailed announcement will be on this soon. November saw another exciting conference journey to Tasmania with the International Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications (DICTA) conference being held in Tasmania. This event drew some of the world’s leaders in the field attend and was proudly supported by the ACS. Casting back a little further I'm pleased to report that the ISO38500 (Corporate Governance of ICT) master class the ACS held in September was a great success. The Tasmanian Branch would like to thank Mark Toomey for providing an excellent course and being kind enough to offer it to ACS Tasmania members at such a low cost. If you would like to know more about any of this news, or would like to become more involved, please let us know!
Contact: Manager Tasmania Ray Leonard ray.leonard@acs.org.au

Regards, Robert Batten Tasmanian Branch Chair
Australian Computer Society | Tasmanian BranchMember UpdateAUG-NOV 2013

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