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ACS Women

ACS Women is run by a national board working to empower women, ACS members and the community of women engaged in the ICT sector - by:

*influencing Government policies,
*providing educational and networking opportunities and
*offering a strategic direction for the ACSW state and territory branches and chapters.

The main objectives of the ACSW board

*To promote development and implementation of thought-leadership to encourage the entry, development and retention of women in the ICT profession in Australia
*To promote development and implement strategies to encourage recruitment, development and retention of women members of the ACS
*To prepare policy and position papers related to the participation of women in the Australian ICT profession
*To create links with other organisations involved in the education and support of women in the ICT profession and to provide leadership in cooperatives initiatives affecting women in ICT
*To advise the ACS and the ICT and professional community on “best practice” in relation to women in ICT
*To support ACSW representation on working parties, national and international standards and technical committees relating to ICT
*To cooperate with and advise ACS Boards, Branches, Committees and Special Interest Groups in areas relevant to women in ICT.

The ACS Women’s Board (ACSW) has representatives across Australia. The Board takes an active role in promoting the interests of women working in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector as well as encouraging young women and girls to consider ICT as a viable, interesting and challenging career path, no matter where they live.

The ACSW board was formed at the end of 2004. Previously there had been Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for women, in most ACS branches across Australia. The Board Director is elected every two years, for a term starting on 1st January in the odd years, and board members are appointed for a similar term.

There have been four Directors. 2015 was the tenth anniversary of the board.

Board achievements in 2015

  • Commissioned history of Women in ICT Project (likely to be included in a book about the history of ICT in Australia); the board has also collected some other collateral, and researched the foundation of the board and its membership over the ten years to the anniversary event below
  • Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the formation of the ACSW Board; by NSW Branch, coordinated by one of the ACSW Board members on behalf of the Board
  • Updated the ACSW pages to include information about all three surveys, and included links to most publications produced by board members
  • Initiated the process to identify potential membership of a reference group to support the policy and advisory functions of the ACSW Board. Several members have accepted ACSWs invitation
  • Actively promoted ACS and its ACSW Board at international conferences via current member and former board Director Dr Susan Bandidas presentation of her of her paper, “An Australian Case Study: Does the Employment Experience Contribute to the Under Representation of Women in the Information Communication Technology Sector” at the Annual Tokyo Business Research Conference. Susan collaborated with fellow academics at Charles Darwin University, and three papers have been written during 2015, utilising the data collected by the three ACSW surveys of women in IT, and all have been submitted to ‘A’ class academic journals. A second paper was presented in Prague by one of her collaborators. Two of these papers have now been accepted by journals and a further article has been prepared and submitted.
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