Question: Information and Communications Technology - iAwards (13.06.2013)

Written on the 17 June 2013

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is to the Minister for Technology. Mr Rich-Phillips, and I ask: can the minister inform the house of any recent events which highlight the achievements of Victoria's ICT sector?



Hon. G. K. RICH-PHILLIPS (Minister for Technology) -- I thank Ms Crozier for her question and her interest in the successes of the Victorian ICT industry. Last week I was delighted to participate on behalf of the Victorian government at the 2013 state iAwards. These awards are put together by the Pearcey Foundation, the Australian Computer Society and the Australian Information Industry Association to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation in our ICT sector. It is a sector that has a lot to be proud of: 17 awards were distributed last week, covering 17 different categories recognising achievements at the enterprise level, organisational level and the individual level.


Through the course of the night I was delighted to see that the ICT Professional of the Year Award was presented to Dr Rod Dilnutt for his contribution to the development of Australian standards with respect to change management, and of course change management is one of the key purposes and key drivers of our ICT sector. I was delighted to present the financial category award to Xero. The company was started in New Zealand and has since expanded to Victoria, and I was delighted in December last year to open its new headquarters based in Richmond. The company provides cloud-based accounting software as a service to small and medium-sized enterprises. It is a great success story and it is growing rapidly.


The third award which I will highlight was the award for chief information officer (CIO) of the year. I was particularly delighted to present that award to Susan Sly, the director of information management and technology at VicRoads.


The peer-recognised CIO of the year is a Victorian government CIO. Susan Sly made a major contribution to the development of the Victorian government's ICT strategy in her role as CIO at VicRoads.


The 17 award category winners will now go forward to the national iAwards be held in August. On behalf of the Victorian government I congratulate all the award winners and the merit award winners from the state awards. The Victorian government wishes them all the best for their competition at the national awards in August.

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