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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:36

New organisation to serve all technology workers

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A new body, the Australian Consensus Technology Association (ACTA), has been formed to represent and serve professionals working in all branches of technology.

The organisation is the brainchild of Julian Day, founder and CEO of Consensus Group, a 13 year old organisation that has set up and runs a series of industry awards programmes covering IT, innovation and green technologies.

Day told iTWire that, in addition to offering membership to individuals for $520 per year, the organisation was also offering involvement to corporates that sponsored ACTA membership for their employees.

"We are just starting but we now have over 50 members. We are talking to a couple of very large corporates and they would bring members numbering in the hundreds."

He added: "We have done a lot of research. We've looked at a lot of industry associations like the AMA [Australian Medical Association] the CPA [Certified Practicing Accountants] and a whole range of associations, and what we are charging is middle of the range."

Day said that the aim was to build ACTA into an organisation that would confer status on technology professionals. "We aim to create a ACT certified professional. Building around that will be a professional indemnity scheme and member advocacy - federal and state government representation."

According to its mission statement ACTA "has been established to fill a void in the Australian technology market. It is a professional society offering both individual and corporate membership and members may use MACTA after their name.

"ACTA will offer its members a regular program of events to share skills and knowledge plus a series of professional development course to build Australia's capabilities in technology and innovation."

Day said: "The way we are positioning ACTA is to be very broadly technology based. We are not looking to compete with any of the existing organisations." Day is ACTA president. VP is ACS past president Edward Mandla.

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"We are kicking off with some networking meetings early next year, initially in Sydney and Melbourne and we are setting up a whole range of other benefits that we will be announcing in about a months time," he said.

"We will have an annual conference, probably October next year for the first one. We will have a newsletter and probably market/economy updates for members, a legal service to assist members with workplace agreement, a counselling service and careers advice."

He said the organisation was being run by a committee at present but expects be looking for office space and staff about March next year. It expects to have a web site up in about two weeks time.

He added: "Gerard McMullan from the Brooklyn Institute is on our committee and is responsible for developing the membership benefits. He has a whole range of things he is working on."

(The Brooklyn Institute has no connection with the well known US body of the same name. According to McMullan's LinkedIN profile, he co-founded it with Ken Patteson and Dr David Paul, in September and it is "an organisation consisting of a group of highly credentialed individuals who are focussed on business transformation.")

ACTA is registered as a non-profit industry association and will receive the membership fees. A separate entity, the Consensus Institute, has been set up as a Pty Ltd company to provide all ACTA education and training.

"We already have three training partners that will offer training courses at a discount to members," Day said. "We already have MoUs in place. We are also looking to develop our own courses particular in the soft skills area, things like interview and presentation skills, time management and a range of financial and accounting courses."


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