Who We Are

The Pearcey Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded in 1998
in memory of a great Australian ICT pioneer Dr Trevor Pearcey.

The Foundation operates broadly across the Australian Information Communication Technologies (ICT) sector, from celebrating achievements through national and state awards, to being involved in debate and public policy on critical national issues such as productivity, the digital economy and national infrastructure.

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Aims

The Pearcey Foundation aims to elevate Australia's Information and Communications Technology (ICT). This includes recognising outstanding Australians contributing to the ICT sector and facilitating in-depth policy debate on how to best make use of the transformative digital technologies that are reshaping Australian society and its economy.

Our primary mission is to promote the Australian ICT industry to Australia and Australians

Independence

The Pearcey Foundation is a Company Limited By Guarantee (ABN 78 091 361 382) established by industry personnel to recognise individuals and promote a stronger debate in Australia's Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector. It operates as a charitable entity under the Australian National Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Act 2012.

The Pearcey Foundation is not an industry association, it is a "not for profit foundation" promoting an objective, independent debate of issues and opportunities. It does not engage in lobbying or consulting work, and "company" membership is not available thus ensuring it remains truly independent.

The organisation is run entirely by volunteers through small groups in each state, a National Committee and a National Board (all listed here).

Awards

Each year, the Foundation makes awards to outstanding individuals.

Since the first Pearcey Medal presentation in 1998 (to Dr Peter Jones) we have recognised more than 120 outstanding individuals around Australia.

Initiatives

In addition to the awards program, the Pearcey Foundation works on many ICT initiatives. These initiatives include:

  • Australia 3.0 - an action oriented forum for bringing together Industry, Academia and Government on how Australia can best take advantage of digital technologies
  • Pearcey Oration - given yearly as part of our national event by an eminent Australian on critical ICT issues
  • Pearcey Institute - Creating, facilitating, fostering and sustaining an innovative, entrepreneurial, fair and productive Australia through research, policy advice, and facilitation activities related to digital technologies.
  • ICT Heritage - various projects to maintain the historical achievements in Australia's ICT industry.

On these initiatives, the Foundation works closely with ICT related organisations including CSIRO, Data 61, ACS, AIIA, ACS Foundation, and many others.

If any of you, as friends of Pearcey, would like to become involved with the Foundation, please don't hesitate to contact any of the names on these committees formally or, preferably, informally; or call me as Chairman, anytime, on 0418382625.

We are consciously endeavouring to have a balanced gender representation so if you are female and are thinking about donating some of your time to a good cause in our great industry, please call.