Australian Information Industry Association


AIIA's History

The AIIA had its origins as the Australian Computer Equipment Suppliers' Association (ACESA), which was established in 1978. The Association was founded by Bill Wells, then Managing Director of Sperry Univac (later to become Unisys), who recognised the need for the Australian computing industry to form industry views on matters of common interest.

In July 1981, the Association became a Company, with the chief executives of 9 of the 21 member companies being elected to the first Board of Directors. In January 1985, the Company changed its name to the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) to reflect the broadening scope of the ICT sector.

Over many years, AIIA has been ably led by influential leaders in the Australian technology business community and these people have helped set the agenda for the ICT industry in Australia as well as overseeing the work and directions of the Association.

Many former directors remain actively involved with the Association and our members through the AIIA Alumni program.

The past Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of AIIA's National Board of Directors are listed on the AIIA Honour Roll.