Lunch at the ACS Canberra Branch Conference was a noisy affair. In the foyer were several standards from conference sponsors. An unplanned theme of the sponsors seemed to be ICT education and graduate recruitment. One stands was the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) who are recruiting ICT graduates. A problem government agencies have is making potential staff aware of what hi tech opportunities they have. Another problem is the slightly bewildering acronyms and names of the agencies after the last election (for example "fahcsia" sounds like part of a building).
The ANU National Centre for Information Systems Research was looking for advnaced stidents to research business information systems and e-commerce. I teach the ANU students web design and (I teach their students Web Design and E-commerce Technology. But one research area I wasn't previously aware they were researching is Network-centric warfare.
Another sponsor was ACTEWAGL with their Canberra Technology City project. They are proposing to build some large environmentally efficient data centers.