The Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) is an incorporated not for profit association owned by the Australasian universities and a number of major Australian research organisations. The Council supports Member Representatives and their teams through the provision of a broad range of services, fostering collaboration, leadership and good practice among its members. Members are represented by the most senior IT person in their organisation - generally their Chief Information Officer, Chief Digital Officer or Director, IT.
CAUDIT's purpose is to support each other in leading the application of digital capabilities to transform education and research.
Three key strategies provide the focus for CAUDIT's activities: connecting, enabling and challenging our members. Sharing and collaboration in a trusted environment is a fundamental benefit of CAUDIT membership.
CAUDIT provides networking opportunities professional development, cybersecurity services, undertakes benchmarking, negotiates collective procurement agreements, and fosters collaboration through the sharing of thought leadership, experiences and best practice among its members.
CAUDIT's website supports these collaborative efforts by acting as both a knowledge base and a communication portal.
Six core activities support the three strategies:
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 its members, 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 2016, CAUDIT procurement activities save the Higher Education sector more than AU$126M.
Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing
CAUDIT encourages the adoption of best practice amongst members and the higher education and research 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 professional development program alumni.
CAUDIT leads, coordinates and provides cybersecurity services to members under the banner of the Australasian Higher Education Cybersecurity Services (AHECS.
Evidence Based Practice
CAUDIT takes a questioning approach to IT practice within higher education by facilitating the collection of benchmarking data and member surveys. CAUDIT maintains a watching brief of member activities to identify best practice and develop sector-wide standards.