The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has launched a new ACT Branch, with a foundation meeting of interested members on 31 May in Canberra . AIIA CEO Rob Durie welcomed the level of industry interest and suggested the new Branch will focus initially on engagement with both ACT and Federal governments and on business collaboration, relationships with other industry bodies in Canberra and events, such as the highly successful Canberra Managers' Forum lunches.
The new Branch will be similar to existing State Branches in terms of governance and representation / involvement in national AIIA policy activities. An interim committee of 15 volunteers was named at the meeting. It will hold its first meeting on 19 June to elect office holders and begin developing the Branch program.
“There are some exceptional ICT companies in Canberra, along with many other ICT related businesses, so we are confident that this move will be embraced by the local market and further, will help to improve the business environment for ACT based ICT companies,” said Rob Durie, CEO, AIIA.
Canberra is a home to nearly 1000 specialist ICT businesses which together employ over 7,700 people, according to AIIA. Canberra has both the fastest ICT employment growth in Australia (8.3% per annum) and the highest ICT employment intensity of any Australian jurisdiction (25 ICT employees per 1,000 of population).
For more information on AIIA and how to become a member, contact Goran Josifovski, Membership Services Manager via either firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6281 9407 or visit www.aiia.com.au