The Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) is an incorporated entity with membership drawn from the higher education and research institutions in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea, as well as the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Members are represented by the most senior IT person in their organisation - generally their Chief Information Officer, Chief Digital Officer or Director, IT.
CAUDIT provides networking opportunities, negotiates collective procurement agreements, provides professional development, undertakes benchmarking and fosters collaboration through the sharing of thought leadership, experiences and best practice among its members.
This website supports these collaborative efforts by acting as both a knowledge base and a communications portal.
CAUDIT's vision is that leaders in Australian universities, Government departments and industry recognise both CAUDIT and its members as an important source of strategic advice on the use of information technology in higher education.
CAUDIT's mission is to enhance its member's ability as key strategic advisers on the use of information technology in higher education. To achieve its mission CAUDIT has focused its activities around the following strategic pillars:
CAUDIT takes a leadership role in developing the intellectual capital of the organisation and its members through a range of activities that encourage strategic thinking. CAUDIT provides advice to government and its agencies, international counterparts and vendors regarding the strategic application of ICT within the education and research sector.
CAUDIT negotiates with ICT vendors on a sector-wide basis to derive maximum mutual value. CAUDIT ensures that members have a good understanding of future technology roadmaps and works with AARNet to ensure that its services and road map continue to remain relevant and add value for the sector. CAUDIT's focus on strategic procurement enables significant savings to members across the Higher Education sector. Collectively, CAUDIT member institutions spend approximately AU$1.5B on ICT products and services annually. The benefits of CAUDIT's strategic procurement efforts include improved value for money due to economies of scale, greater leverage in the marketplace to influence product development and direction, and sector savings in procurement staff resources. In 2010, CAUDIT procurement activities save the Higher Education sector more than AU$126M.
Professional Development and Sharing Knowledge
CAUDIT encourages the adoption of best practice amongst members and the Higher Education community more broadly by facilitating knowledge sharing and by enabling members to access examples of policy and procedure from the membership through the CAUDIT repository. CAUDIT helps create the next generation of IT leaders through the CAUDIT Leadership Institute, CAUDIT Managers Programme and through other professional development opportunities.
Engaging our Membership
CAUDIT creates an environment whereby members and their staff can access information to support them in their role as IT Directors/CIOs. CAUDIT staff engage with members at a personal level and through Communities of Practice to promote effective client service. CAUDIT facilitates and fosters peer and professional support networks, assists regional Director/CIO groups and supports the CAUDIT alumni.
Transforming Teaching and Learning
CAUDIT provides support to IT Directors/CIOs and IT Professionals across the sector so that they can take a proactive leadership role within their institutions facilitating the intelligent and innovative use of Information Technology as an enabler of Teaching, Learning and Research.
Evidence Based Practice
CAUDIT takes a questioning approach to IT practice within Higher Education by facilitating the collection of benchmarking data and the measurement of the quality of IT service delivery. CAUDIT maintains a watching brief of member activities to identify best practice and develop sector-wide standards.