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ITPA passes 10,000 members on way to 20k target

The IT Professionals Association has passed the 10,000-member mark less than a year after the former Australian Systems Administration Guild (SAGE-AU) relaunched as the ITPA.

According to ITPA president Robert Hudson, in the 23 years prior to the relaunch, the total number of active or past members that SAGE-AU had attracted was just over 5000.

“When ITPA launched in August last year, we set the ambitious target of 10,000 members for the organisation by the end of calendar year 2016,” Hudson said. “We undertook numerous activities to achieve our 10K membership goal.

“These included initiating our certified practicing member professional development programme, migrating to a new website and membership management system, rebooting our eNewsletter ‘The Download’ and offering free online short courses on industry-relevant technologies and subjects.

“We have also been proactive in releasing regular public comments on several topics of interest to our industry including the NBN and the explosive growth in IT 457 visa approvals all of which served to increase awareness of the organisation and to offer a new authoritative, independent voice to the debate.”

Hudson said that while ITPA fell short of its 2016 10,000-member goal, it did break through that milestone number earlier this month.

“As this statement goes to press the membership tally stands at 10,024 members and of that, 10 of our members have already gone on to achieve ITPA Certified Practicing Member (CPM) status,” Hudson said. “All of this has been achieved with an almost totally volunteer-run organisation with our total paid employers being 0.4 full-time equivalent of an administration resource.”

Hudson said that, based on the response IPTA had received from IT graduates and working professionals to date, the organisation was confident of achieving its new goal of 20,000-plus members before the end of 2018.

“Going forward, we are absolutely committed to driving the organisation forward to better represent our industry and to improve service to members.

“We intend to provide a reasoned, yet prominent voice on IT issues that are critical to IT professionals as well as the broader business and residential communities.

“Our commentary will always be independent and we are fortunate to have a tremendous diversity of industry knowledge and experience to draw upon which allows us to weigh into issues with authority and integrity.

“In addition, we intend to lead the way in providing clear professional development pathways for our members so they can acquire skills that current and relevant to the demands of the industry today and into the future.

 “We also want to engage regularly with government and educational institutions as much as possible to help develop strategy and curricula that ensure our members are rewarded with long and fruitful careers in the IT industry,” Hudson concluded.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).