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CAUDIT Members are surveyed annually to determine the Top Ten Topics affecting the strategic application of digital capabilities in support of their organisation's mission.  

The CAUDIT Top Ten is a vital tool highlighting the most significant areas of interest and opportunity for ICT leaders in Australian and New Zealand higher education and research sectors. 

Each year CAUDIT members participate in a Working Group to identify the topics.

The CAUDIT Top Ten forms part of CAUDIT's Strategic Plan. 

The 2020 CAUDIT Member Representative's Top Ten, along side their 2019 rankings, are:

Topic with 2020 statement
2 1

Information Security Embedding an Information Security approach to enable organisational outcomes

1 2

Supporting Student Success Improving student outcomes through the strategic alignment of technology

3 3

Business Transformation Positioning ICT as a catalyst to support the transformation of education and research, along with transforming the institution's business functions

7 4

Strategy Aligning IT with the organisation's pillar strategies to ensure its future in a digitalised world


Delivering Services Delivering Services Embedding agility, scalability and cost effectiveness across activity to deliver value to students and staff

9 6

Data-enabled Institution Enabling strategic decision making through the application of tools such as AI and ML

6  7

Digital Integrations Leveraging enterprise architecture frameworks to facilitate smooth integration of data, systems and services


Cultural Change Changing organisation culture to prompt new ways of working

10  9

Research Support Leveraging data and governance and enablers such as AI and ML to support both strategic decision making and day to day operations

13 10 

Sustainability Developing ICT funding models sustaining core services, supporting innovation, and facilitating growth in the context of increasing demand and limited resources

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CAUDIT develops a short narrative which accompanies each topic to provide some context and background and you can download this for the current and past years using the links below.  You will note that we changed from a focus on 'issues' to 'topics' in order to better reflect the positive way each area is viewed.


2021 Top Ten Topics
2020 Top Ten Topics
2019 Top Ten Topics
2018 Top Ten Topics
2017 Top Ten Topics
2016 Top Ten Issues
2015 Top Ten Issues
2014 Top Ten Issues
2013 Top Ten Issues
2012 Top Ten Issues
2011 Top Ten Issues