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QUESTnet 2013 Conference - Another Successful Event!

The QUESTnet 2013 Conference hosted by Australian Catholic University has come to a close.

Rick Van Haeften and his organising committee can be justly proud of the success of the conference in its 20th year.  A diverse and interesting range of presentations and entertainment was provided.

The official opening and remarks by ACU Vice-Chancellor, Greg Craven engaged the audience (unusually so) from the start and this momentum was maintained by an excellent series of keynote presentations during the course of the conference. 

For the first time the conference experienced Kent Adams (a former Director, IT at JCU) in the role of Master of Ceremony for plenary sessions.  He presided over proceedings, demonstrating appropriate amounts of reverence and humour.  To show he wasn't a "one-trick pony", Kent also displayed his flair as an auctioneer at the conference dinner, albeit with strong support from Mahmoud Abo Elwafa of AARNet.

The inaugural AARNet Excellence Awards were presented to The University of Queensland (& QRNO), CSIRO and Queensland University of Technology at the conference dinner which had a Prohibition theme. 

The conference dinner also saw delegates introduced to "speed painter", Brad Blaze.  In double quick time, Brad produced, whilst continuing to entertain his audience, three marvellous paintings (see below) on canvas which were subsequently auctioned to generate a substantial sum for charity.  Another painting had been created earlier for ACU - this was of the ACU patron saint, Mary MacKillop.


A message to thank delegates and sponsors has been compiled by the Conference Chair and is being emailed to attendees.  This also provides a brief summary of the highlights of the conference.  The message can be accessed here.

Planning now commences for QUESTnet 2014 to be hosted by QUT.

Strategic Planning


A one and a half day strategic planning event was held at Palm Cove on 6-7 February, 2012 and a 2013-2015 plan has now been determined....more

About Us


QUESTnet aims to promote and advance the development and use of Information and Communications Technologies in Higher Education ...more



QUESTnet regularly hosts conferences and workshops for members. View our previous and upcoming events ...more


  1. QUESTnet 2014 Board of Management meeting dates
  2. Windows Azure Identity Management Workshop: University of Sunshine Coast, February 5 2014 (*** Now Fully Booked ***)
  3. Wireless Management Workshop (being planned - details TBA)

In Focus

Joint Initiative - UQ & Bremer High School

In early 2012, The University of Queensland launched a joint initiative with Bremer High School in Ipswich that would allow students from either institute to take devices with them and be connected back to their home institute. This has been achieved by UQ advertising the Bremer High School SSID at the UQ Ipswich campus and via Bremer High School advertising the UQ SSID at their campus. Bremer High School and the UQ Ipswich campus are connected via a 1Gbps fibre circuit which was implemented during the building of the new Bremer High School campus and now allows students from either institute to utilise resources at the other. Located a short walking distance away UQ students can utilise state-of-the-art science laboratories at the Bremer High School campus while still being connected to UQ via this initiative, and Bremer High School students can attend and utilise the UQ Ipswich library while also being connected back to the school.