Expressions of interest sought for key ASCA roles
2018/06/13

The Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) is seeking expressions of interest for volunteer board and committee members. We are a growing organisation, on a mission to use technology for the greater good of our community.

The following roles are open to ASCA members and partners only. Please submit your expression of interest by Friday, 29 June 2018.

Board members

Two positions exist for board members. ASCA works hard to ensure the organisation is equipped with the skills and diversity to see the organisation flourish. With our AGM later this year, these roles provide an opportunity to get a feel for the organisation ahead of the AGM, when all board members are voted in by our members.

Knowledge in the following areas is highly desirable:
  • Data science and analysis
  • Sustainability and environment
  • Planning, design and development
  • AI, machine learning, AVs
  • Infrastructure and utilities

We are looking for board members across all locations, however a presence in Melbourne is useful as a gap exists in this location. A commitment of 3-4 hours per week is required to assist the organisation. These positions are open only to current ASCA members and partners.

If you are interested to play a part in the development of smart communities, please express your interest with a CV and 350-400 word synopsis of your vision for smart communities in Australia and email to admin@australiansmartcommunities.org.au.

Working group members

ASCA’s working groups are a key part of our vision to influence and educate on the key issues that affect outcomes for our members, such as city and community management, sustainability, energy and waste, transport, education, health and social services.

We have identified the following functions as key barriers for the growth and development of smart communities:
  • Funding and procurement
  • Community engagement and participation
  • Technology and standards
  • Future governance and innovation
  • Facilities and asset management

Members of these working groups will share knowledge, experiences, contacts and data to prepare key drivers of influence and advocacy such as:

Policy reports
  • White papers
  • Online seminars
  • Face to face events
A commitment to these working groups requires:
  • open sharing of information
  • monthly attendance of virtual working group meetings
  • approximately 8 hours per month of time
  • sharing the work of writing articles, white papers and engaging industry.

These positions are available only to current ASCA members and partners.

If you want to contribute to an organisation which is influencing the development of smart community policy please register your expression of interest by listing which working group you would like to participate in, plus a CV and 350-400 word synopsis of your vision for smart communities in Australia. Please email your EOI to admin@australiansmartcommunities.org.au by 29 June 2018.

Communities of knowledge

To support our working groups, ASCA is creating communities of knowledge. These are reference groups who will be called upon for expertise in the following government service areas/community outcomes:
  • City / community management
  • Sustainability
  • Energy and waste
  • Transport
  • Education
  • Health and social services

These reference groups will be called upon via email, surveys or phone calls to provide feedback, data or examples on our areas of policy, eg issues with procurement, engagement or standards, and will be varied across sustainability, energy, social services.

As our working groups work through issues they will request the reference groups for key examples of how the functions of government affect the outcomes. This will happen on an ad-hoc basis.

What’s the relationship in between the Working Groups and Communities of Knowledge?

ASCA's knowledge sharing ecosystemMany of us wear multiple hats, have layered skills, passions and experience, let alone our ability to volunteer up to four hours a week. Our working groups and communities of knowledge are designed to ensure our members have an ability to influence our activities and share knowledge in various forms, across a variety of different issues.

ASCA working groups are designed to interact with the functions of our member organisations, which limit their capability to use technology to deliver smart services for communities. ASCA Communities of knowledge are designed to provide key insight into these service areas specifically.

For example: Mary is a sustainability officer who also has a deep understanding of procurement. Although Mary does not have the time to contribute to a working group, she has volunteered for the Sustainability Community of knowledge.

ASCA’s procurement working group has identified an issue and decided to reach out to the Communities of Knowledge for further information and examples to inform a white paper.

Mary is running a smart sustainability program, which is being held back from implementation due procurement issues. Through her involvement she is able to share this knowledge with an example that is specifically relevant to sustainability projects.

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