ACS to release national ICT agenda today

ACS to release national ICT agenda today

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) will hand over a long list of recommendations on how to improve Australia's ICT industry to Queensland Deputy Premier Anna Bligh today.

The recommendations were put together at the Technologists in Public Interest (TIPI) Summit.

Held during May and July 2006, the summit was aimed at building practical frameworks on how the IT industry could move forward and included members of the ICT Industry Workgroup (which represents nine industry associations in Queensland) and the state's ICT Minister Chris Cummins.

An estimated 85 percent of those participating in the ICT workshops believe IT workers would benefit from being grouped into logical specializations (such as engineering).

Around 77 percent supported establishing a defined education and experience framework for the ICT industry and strong support was shown for establishing a peak governance or compliance body for the ICT industry, with 65 percent favouring a local body similar to the Queensland College of Teachers and 80 percent nominating a national body similar to the Law Council of Australia.

The complete findings of the TIPI summit will be delivered as a "national statement to the governments of Australia".

National ACS president Philip Argy commended the TIPI recommendations to governments.

"Australia's economic prosperity is underpinned by productivity gains derived from innovation with technology," Argy said.

"The key to maintaining this innovation is a trustworthy technology environment, much of which is dependent on the people who work in the ICT sector."

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