The Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) is an incorporated entity with membership drawn from the Information Technology (IT) Directors/Chief Information Officers of higher education institutions in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Papua New Guinea, as well as the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
CAUDIT negotiates collective procurement agreements, provides professional development, undertakes projects and fosters collaboration through the sharing of ideas, experiences and best practice amongst its members.
CAUDIT's Vision is that leaders in Australian universities, Australian Government Department and industry recognise both CAUDIT and its members as an important source of strategic advice on the use of Information Technology in Higher Education.
CAUDIT's Mission is to enhance its members' ability as key strategic advisers on the use of information technology in higher education. To achieve its mission CAUDIT has focused its activities around the following strategic pillars:
- Thought Leadership: CAUDIT takes a leadership role in developing the intellectual capital of the organisation and its members through a range of activities that encourage high level strategic thinking. CAUDIT provides advice to government and its agencies regarding the strategic application of ICT within the research and education sector.
- Strategic Procurement: 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.
- Professional Development and Sharing Knowledge: CAUDIT encourages the adoption of best practice amongst members and the Higher Education community more broadly by facilitating knowledge sharing and by enabling members to access examples of policy and procedure from the membership through CAUDIT Connect. CAUDIT helps create the next generation of IT Directors/CIO's through the CAUDIT Leadership Institute 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/CIO's. CAUDIT staff engage with members at a personal level to promote effective client service. CAUDIT facilitates and fosters peer and professional support networks, assist regional Director/CIO groups and supports the CAUDIT alumni.
- Facilitating Sector Wide Services: CAUDIT works with members to identify opportunities to de-duplicate service delivery and facilitates the ongoing management of sector wide identity management. CAUDIT assists sector wide service providers to improve the quality and consistency of services and works with members to harmonise policies and procedures.
- Evidence Based Practice: CAUDIT takes a questioning approach to IT practice within Higher Education by facilitating the collection of benchmarking data and the measurement of the quality of IT service delivery. CAUDIT maintains a watching brief of member activities to identify best practice and develop sector-wide standards.
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 economics of scale, greater leverage in the marketplace to influence product development and direction, and sector savings in procurement staff resources. In 2010, CAUDIT procurement activities saved the Higher Education sector more than AU$12M.