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27 November 2001
Southern Cross University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Rickard, will officially open the twelfth Australasian Conference on Information Systems at the Pacific Bay Resort in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday, 5 December at 9.00am. The conference will host about 250 delegates from Australia and New Zealand as well as high-profile academic and industry figures from other countries,

Professor Rickard said "ACIS has a tradition of being a moveable feast, not only being staged across the Tasman - as the name Australasian would indicate - but having been held in various Australian locations, and with a range of distinguished Universities acting as its host".

He said it gave Southern Cross University enormous pleasure to be able to host this year's Conference in Coffs Harbour, the location of one of its core North Coast campuses.

"Furthermore, it is a very special campus, for nowhere else in NSW does a University rub shoulders with a Senior High School and a TAFE College, both of which, like Southern Cross, offer studies in the field of information technology and information systems.

"As we have come to expect, ACIS has again attracted a fine array of keynote speakers, impressive paper presentations, panel sessions, major sponsors - the Australian Computer Society, Telstra Country Wide and Southern Cross University - industry exhibitors, and of course, delegates themselves".

The VC added, "It is another stroke of good fortune that the E-Commerce and Australasian Document Computing Conference will be held at the same time and I congratulate the hard-working organisers of both events, confident in the knowledge that the two conferences will be tremendously successful and of great professional benefit to everyone who attends, in whatever capacity they are here".

The theme of ACIS is 'Where are we going in Cyberspace?' and specific topics will include information systems in regional areas, E-commerce, security issues in IS and the Internet, IS for small to medium enterprises, the information society and national IT policies.

"There is no better way to seek answers to the core theme - or generate further questions - than by assembling a group of experts who, despite their distinct specialisations, share a common and close interest in the field of Information Systems," Professor Rickard said.

The Australasian Conference on Information Systems runs from 5-7 December and is preceded by a Doctoral Consortium on 4 December. More information at

For further details, please contact

the ACIS 2001 Secretariat on (02) 6659 3605 or

Mr Robin Osborne, Office of the Vice-Chancellor,

Phone: (02) 6620 3039 Mobile: 0418 431 484

Email: [email protected]