Australian Information Industry Association


About the group

The WA Government Special Interest Group was originally established as a state-based SIG in 1995, reporting to the WA AIIA Council.

Over the years, the group has developed a strong working relationship with the WA Department of Commerce and the WA Department of Treasury and Finance (now called Department of Finance) since 1995 has been involved, at WA Government’s request, in all discussions and decisions on ICT policy, strategy, tendering, and procurement terms and conditions of contract. The SIG has been responsible for the dissemination of proposed changes and providing relevant feedback from the local industry at the agencies request.


The purpose of the group is to:

  • Promote the ICT industry to the WA Government, especially locally-based firms
  • Raise the profile of the ICT industry within State Government
  • Work with the Department of Commerce and the Department of Finance to develop an industry policy and strategy; and CTO/CIO role
  • Work with Department of Finance on all ICT procurement matters.


The SIG meets on a bi-monthly cycle, with members attending in person or by teleconference.

The group also holds a range of events through the year – see the Calendar for upcoming events.

Related Organisations

The SIG is engaged in active consultation with many WA Government departments, especially:

The group also works closely with the AIIA Legal SIG on procurement legislation.

Current Objectives

The SIG is still finalising its specific objectives and program.

Past Achievements

The group has been influential in a number of key areas:

  • With the support of the AIIA Legal SIG, the group was instrumental in driving the removal of uncapped and unlimited liability from contract terms and conditions for ICT procurement contracts
  • Involved in all discussions and decisions by the WA Government on ICT procurement terms and conditions of contract.
  • Involvement in a number of WA Government working groups:
    • Department of Regional Development and Lands Pilbara Cities innovation program (now managed by the Pilbara Development Commission) -
    • Pilbara Cities Technology program
    • Department of Commerce Digital Pavilion
    • Several digital economy working groups

Group Members

  • Government Working Group – Lead:  Sharon Brown Deputy:  Geoff Harben
  • IOT MER Working Group – Lead:  Gavin Strack Deputy: Laura Holley
  • Cyber Security Working Group - Lead: David Ridgway
  • Event Liaison and Sponsorship - Lead: James Reid  Deputy:  Sharon Brown
  • Member Liaison and Membership - Lead:  Jacques Giuffre
  • Industry Engagement - Lead:  Julian Coyne
  • Inclusion Liaison - Lead:  Gavin Strack
  • Policy and Advocacy - Lead:  Sharon Brown
  • WAITTA INCITE Awards/iAwards – Lead:  Geoff Harben
  • Education Working Group:  John Cordery and Laura Holley
  • Smart Cities Working Group:  Paul Farrell, Tom Gardner and David Ridgway
  • Local Government Liaison:  Tom Gardner


Like to know more or get involved? Please email the Main Contact to make enquiries.