• +61 2 9492 1000
  • launch@launchgroup.com.au

Queensland Leaders Converge On Future of ICT: ACS QueenslandAnnounces Inaugural Access IT Conference

launchgroup.com.au > Blog > News > Queensland Leaders Converge On Future of ICT: ACS QueenslandAnnounces Inaugural Access IT Conference
24 Oct

Queensland Leaders Converge On Future of ICT: ACS QueenslandAnnounces Inaugural Access IT Conference

launch-admin Oct 24, 2016 0 1473


Keynotes include: Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, Tim Wark, Data61, CSIRO; Cat Matson, Chief Digital Officer, City of Brisbane


Plus Draft 2018 QLD ICT Curriculum Announced (Years 11 &12)


Australia, 24 October, 2016: The ACS – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – today launched its inaugural Access IT Conference, a large-scale, two-day event that brings together key leaders in ICT to discuss its future, as well as showcase Queensland’s growing global hub of ICT businesses, talent and industry collaborators.


Held at The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, will officially open the Access IT Conference, which features more than 30 inspirational technologists, innovators and industry thought leaders spanning technology, business, enterprise, education, academia and politics.


Together, keynote speakers and conference delegates will address some of the biggest challenges in ICT – including how to secure Australia’s $179 billion economic future amidst an ICT skills deficit[1]; the need for increased collaboration between industry, government, business and education; the latest megatrends in ICT; and why Queensland is taking the lead as Australia’s thriving technology ecosystem poised for significant global growth.


Keynote speakers include: Tim Wark, Director of Products, Programs and Marketing at Data61, CSIRO; Cat Matson, Chief Digital Officer, City of Brisbane – who is one of only two CDO’s in the world; Dr Sally Ernst, Co-Founder, UK and Australian Cyber Security Networks; Dr Catherine Ball, Telstra Queensland Business Women of the Year; Wade Alcorn, Managing Director, Alcorn Group and more.


ACS Queensland State Manager, Ross Medina, said: “It is exciting to bring together such a stellar line-up of speakers, innovators and delegates who are shaping and advancing ICT.


Australia is currently undergoing a significant digital transition and the need to strengthen our nation’s digital skills and capabilities – from the classroom to the office – is now critical. While projected demand for ICT professionals is expected to grow 1.3 per cent in Queensland by 2020[2], this needs to increase in order to meet future demand for specialist ICT skills,” said Mr Medina.


Queensland in particular is fast garnering a reputation as Australia’s burgeoning startup state and is home to a growing hub of technology businesses and innovators, such as Alcorn Group, Blue Ocean Robotics and Atech. “These businesses – and the talent behind them – are tapping into the huge potential of ICT and are paving the way for other businesses to follow,” said Mr Medina.


In addition to speakers and panelists, the conference will feature a special Industry Hacks segment. This is an opportunity for delegates and speakers to unite and develop real-world solutions to industry challenges. These solutions will be presented to the conference’s expert judging panel and summarised into a whole-of-industry white paper. This will later be shared with relevant government leaders to ignite fresh conversation on the direction that ICT in Australia should take.


Mr Medina added, “Education, including a stronger emphasis on digital literacy in Australian classrooms, will go a long way in tackling the challenges we face. This is why ICT education is a core component of Access IT and it is an honour to announce that Jo Butterworth will unveil the draft 2018 Queensland ICT Curriculum for students in year’s 11 and 12 during the conference,” said Mr Medina.


Attending delegates also have the opportunity to connect with a range of industry specialists via the conference’s Mentor Centor, including recruiters, mentors, personal and business coaches, career advisors, attorneys, and more.


The conference is held over two-days, on 24 and 25 October 2016. More than 20 Queensland businesses will also be exhibiting.


To view the full speaker line-up please click here.


To view the full conference program please click here.


Event details:


What:    ACS Queensland Access IT Conference


When:   Monday 24 October 12pm – 4:45pm and Conference Dinner 6:30pm – 12pm

 Tuesday 25 October 8:30am – 5:00pm


Venue: Brisbane Entertainment and Convention Centre


Who:       Annastacia PalasczczukQueensland Premier

 Tim Wark – Director of Products, Programs & Marketing at Data61, CSIRO

 Paul Martyn – Deputy Director General, DSITI

 Graham Quirk – Brisbane Lord Mayor

 Ross Medina – ACS Queensland State Manager

 Cat Matson – Chief Digital Officer, City of Brisbane

 Megan Cook – Principal Product Manager, Atlassian

 Wade Alcorn – Managing Director, Alcorn Group

 Dr Sally Ernst – Co-Founder, UK and Australian Cyber Security Networks

 Dr Catherine Ball – 2015 Queensland Telstra Business Women of the Year








*The following figures are taken from ACS’ 2016 Digital Pulse Report


ACS’ findings on ICT in Queensland:

·       Projected demand for ICT professionals is 1.3 per cent annually. While this is below the national average of 2 per cent it is an encouraging result for an economy seeking to build its capabilities in the digital economy.


ACS’ findings on the state of ICT in Australia:

·       ICT workforce to grow 2 per cent annually from 628,000 in 2015 to 695,000 in 2020

·       Six out of the top 10 skills now sought after for ICT specialists are non-technical skills such as project management, sales and customer service skills.

·       2.5 million Australians in non-ICT roles have reported digital literacy skills are an increasingly important part in their job

·       Australia’s digital economy is expected to grow $139 billion by 2020, an increase of 75 per cent since 2014.




Further information

Louise Proctor, Launch Group, 0452 574 244 louise@launchgroup.com.au

Sarah Jane Williams, Launch Group, 0409 362 675, sarahjane@launchgroup.com.au


About the ACS

The ACS is the professional association for Australia’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.