The John Hughes Distinguished Service Award

Nominations for this award are now open - closing date 30th July 2021

Please note - From 2021, this award, previously awarded every two years will be awarded annually. The next prize will be be awarded at ACSW in 2022.

The John Hughes award recognises Outstanding Service in the IT community.

Applications/Nominations close on July the 3oth 2021, with the announcement to be made in October 2021. The recipient will be invited to receive their award at ACSW 2022.


Anyone who has worked in academia in the IT sector for the majority of the previous 10 years. (IT includes the broad field of computing, including Information Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering.)


Notable achievements, such as

. Public contributions to the IT community, in particular to CORE and/or ACS/ITP

. Breadth of contribution and success in academia

. Leadership in development of the field of IT in Australia &/or New Zealand

A successful candidate would have demonstrated excellence and commitment, and have a track record that is more diverse than just achievement in a particular academic field.


Nominations for the award is by submission to Alison Farr at CORE ( who will acknowledge the nomination and forward to the committee. The nomination should consist of a statement up to 5 pages outlining the grounds on which the prize might be awarded.

The 2021 committee will be chaired by Chris Johnson (ANU) with other members to be announced shortly.

Please email nominations to Alison Farr at CORE ( by closing date 30th July 2021

Details of the current award recipient can be found on our main awards page Awards and previous recipients can be found here

John Hughes