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.
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.
The Pearcey Foundation is an Incorporated Association (VIC A0045525F) established by industry personnel to recognise individuals and promote a stronger debate in Australia's Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector. 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 and a National Executive Committee (listed below).
Each year, the Foundation makes awards to outstanding individuals.
- The Peacey National Awards recognise outstanding achievement in Australian ICT including the Pearcey Medal, the Pearcey Hall of Fame and the Pearcey Entrepreneur of the Year.
- The Pearcey State Awards recognise upcoming individuals in each Australian State who have demonstrated outstanding professional, innovative and business achievements in the field of ICT.
Since the first Pearcey Medal presentation in 1998 (to Dr Peter Jones) we have recognised more than 120 outstanding individuals around Australia.
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.
National Committee (Board)
- Chairman: Wayne Fitzsimmons
- Committee: Len Rust, Charles Lindop, Dr Phil McCrea, Dr Dean Economou, Dr Peter Thorne, Sandy Plunkett, Rick Harvey, Kelly Hutchinson (Deputy Chair)
- Emeritus Chairman: Ian Dennis ex-officio
- NSW Chair: Charles Lindop, Dr Phil McCrae
- VIC Chair: Rick Harvey
- QLD Chair: Martin Lack
- SA Chair: Susan Andrews
- TAS Chair: Ray Leonard
- ACT Chair: Brand Hoff
- WA in conjunction with WAiTTA
- Sen. Stephen Conroy
- Sen. Helen Coonan
- Sen. Kate Lundy
- Hon. John Howard
- Hon. Richard Alston
- ACT - Hon. Jon Stanhope
- NSW - Hon. Andrew Stoner
- NT - Hon. Paul Henderson, Hon. Elliot McAdam
- Qld - Hon. Tony McGrady, Hon. Paul Lucas, Hon. Chris Cummins
- SA - Hon Jay Weatherill, Hon Karleen Maywald, Hon. Trish White, Hon. Dr Jane Lomax-Smith
- Tas - Hon. Lara Giddings
- Vic - Hon. John Brumby, Hon. Tim Holding, Hon. Marsha Thomson