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World Computer Congress - Brisbane 2010

20-23 September 2010 - Brisbane - Australia

Australian Computer Societyifip - International Federation for Information Processing

Associated meetings

Associated meetings will be held within the IFIP World Computer Congress program. These will be held on:

Monday 20 September 2010

Wednesday 22 September 2010

IP3 - Creating a Global Profession for a Global Industry

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IP3 (International Professional Practice Partnership) is a global initiative strengthening the global IT profession and so contributing to the development of strong international economies by:

  • defining international standards of professionalism in IT;
  • accrediting partner bodies’ certification schemes for IT practitioners who meet and maintain the required standards for knowledge, experience, competence and integrity and
  • working with partner bodies to encourage and support the development of both IT practitioners and employer organizations.

IT is vital to the world’s economy and to the prosperity and quality of life of people across the globe. Yet, it is currently marked by an almost complete absence of widely accepted professional standards that are common among all traditional professions.

In a global industry, with millions of IT practitioners involved in every aspect of the global economy including business, transportation, healthcare, public service and education there is a need to provide a global standard for knowledge, competence and behaviour to secure the public interest.

IP3 is an initiative of IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing), the global federation of national IT bodies, with an aggregate membership of over 0.5M people worldwide. To fulfill its mission, IP3 works closely with all the IFIP member bodies and regional partners who share our commitment.


IT is the industry that builds, operates and maintains the IT applications that support the global knowledge society. To provide these applications, the world needs a global body of IT professionals able to stand comparison with members of other established professions.

The vision of the International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) is to create:

A vigorous programme to promote professionalism in IT, define international standards and create a global infrastructure that will encourage and support the development of both practitioners and employer organisations.

An international IT profession, equivalent in prestige and structure to other established professions such as law, accountancy and medicine

A worldwide set of professional certification schemes recognised as the hallmark of true IT professionalism, delivered through independent national member societies and supported by development frameworks for both individuals and organisations.

Educational programmes which prepare students to the highest standards for entry to the profession

A programme which reaches beyond the developed world to encourage and facilitate the development of IT capability within emerging nations.

Realising the Vision

IP3 is an initiative of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).  Drawing on their many years of experience of certifying suitably trained and experienced practitioners IP3 partners have developed an international “gold standard” for IT practitioners.

The standard requires for each certified individual that the accredited society require an individual to demonstrate appropriate achievements and commitment concerning:

  • Accountability, autonomy and complexity of the individual’s role
  • Technical, business and management competences
  • Code of conduct and ethics
  • Disciplinary and complaints processes
  • Maintenance of certified status – Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


IP3 invites national computer societies around the globe to come together in the IP3 programme to establish a global IT profession.

In doing so the partners believe that this will lead to:

  • High standards of competence amongst individual practitioners
  • Global standards for higher education institutes in preparing graduates for entry to the profession
  • More consistent project delivery with enhanced outcomes
  • Enhanced workforce planning and development by employers
  • Safeguards for the public interest by providing complaint and disciplinary processes
  • Improved maintenance of practitioner skills throughout their careers in a fast developing industry
  • Raised status for IT professionals through a better understanding of their role

The IP3 partners believe that this programme can deliver a respected and prestigious IT profession which can build, operate and maintain world class IT applications to the benefit of all.

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Joint Australian Council of Deans of ICT and ACS Foundation Event

An opportunity for participants to shape the future of ICT

  • Industry and universities maximising common interests
  • Exploring future mutual benefits
  • Graduate recruits meeting industry needs and expectations

ACDICT and the ACS Foundation are facilitating an event during WCC2010 to further foster and strengthen relationships between universities and the industry. The concept is that three topics of mutual interest and subject matter experts have been chosen to lead the deliberations, following which the audience will split into groups to vigorously discuss each topic area, and report back to the audience on their findings.

Maximising the Industry / University Partnership

The topics chosen are :-

1. The quality of university graduates: a joint university and industry responsibility

  • Government imposed standards
  • Maintaining quality and relevance
  • Industry’s role in teaching and assessment
  • Work integrated learning

2. Ensuring the future of ICT in Australia

  • Current and future workforce shortages
  • The profile of the future professional
  • A student-driven demand system as opposed to employer demand
  • Articulation between TAFEs, private providers and universities
  • Workplace experience of graduates

3. ICT Research: maximising benefits

  • The goals and value of research training
  • Industry and ICT research
  • Ensuring relevance
  • Effective research models

The people who will be leading these groups will be Professor Janet Verbyla, Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland, Bob Hayward, Chief Technology & Information Officer, CSC Australia & Asia, and Phil Robertson, Chief Operating Officer, NICTA, respectively.

Benefits to participants

  • Contribution to document for government policy advice
  • Deep interaction with colleagues
  • Gaining new perspectives


All discussions will be compiled into a document suitable for influencing future government policy and distributed to all attendees.