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Educators & Researchers


ECAWA, the Educational Computing Association of Western Australia (Inc), as an association of volunteers, is committed to furthering the advancement of education by promoting the use of ICT as powerful aids to learning.

Our common interest is to find better ways to use ICT in teaching and learning environments, to cultivate, foster and extend the professional development and professional learning of members and to provide a forum for those interested in the development of the educational use of Information and Communication Technologies.


The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most multidisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century.  The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.


Just Start IT Ltd is an 18 week Inter High School Program that teaches teams made up of Hackers, Hawkers and Hipsters how to create a Technology Start Up.

Challenger Institute of Technology and Polytechnic West now form South Metropolitan TAFE, creating one of Western Australia’s most diverse training providers with major campuses in Bentley, Carlisle, Fremantle, Murdoch, Rockingham, Thornlie and Mandurah.

South Metropolitan TAFE offers more than 500 qualifications, from foundation courses and apprenticeships to associate degrees, with over 37,000 students across its campuses.

Our purpose

“We provide students with skills to enable employment and career development”

We do this by:

  • Providing students with high quality training services that prepare them for pathways to employment.
  • Providing students with pathways to further education and training opportunities that can launch and extend their careers.
  • Helping industry and our employers grow and create the workforce of the future.
  • Strengthening our communities by enabling life long learning opportunities for all.

Our vision

“By 2020 SM TAFE will be recognised as a national leader in providing skills for employment and career development.”

  • Our vision ensures we aspire to create futures for individuals – through preparing them for jobs or supporting further learning to develop their careers.
  • By creating future workforces for industry and employers – through helping them employ skilled staff or upskill their existing workforce.
  • And by creating strong futures for our communities.

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) was founded in September 2009 with the specific purpose of supporting Australia’s bid to host the world’s largest radio telescope and one of the largest scientific endeavours in history, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

We are a joint venture between Curtin University (Curtin) and The University of Western Australia (UWA), with funding support from the State Government of Western Australia. ICRAR has research nodes at both universities and is now host to over 100 staff and postgraduate students.

Since our launch, ICRAR has played an integral role in the development of the SKA project and has grown into an internationally renowned, multi-disciplinary research centre for science, engineering and data intensive astronomy.