About Us

Introduction

The Australian Society for Technical Communication (ASTC) Incorporated is a not-for-profit national group of people who work with technical and business information in many ways. The aim of the ASTC is to promote and support technical communication in the Australasian region and to provide networking and learning opportunities for our members. Members are key to our society as we are a volunteer organisation. Our members come from all different fields and industries and have a huge range of knowledge and experience. We help members by providing information, networking, support, job advertisements, and professional development opportunities.

Our history

From the late 80s, there were two separate ASTC societies, one each in New South Wales and Victoria. Both societies had members from other states and they shared the same aims and goals: to promote technical communication. In 2013, the members of both societies voted to form a national body.

In 2014, representatives from both societies joined forces to form the national ASTC. Working together, we created a group to sort out the details and join us under the one banner. We had to introduce a temporary name for the new society as we could not register a similar name to an existing society in Victoria. For several years the national society had the temporary name of the Technical Writers Industry Association (TWIA).

We’ve now registered the national ASTC in the state of Victoria. We work under the Model Rules of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act of 2012, as all associations must. The Act says that we need a Committee, so we have one, and it includes some compulsory and optional positions. Read more…

Networking

The ASTC promotes networking in many ways. Our annual conference is the main networking event, but we also have formal and informal meet-ups and our social media. Technical communicators often work alone, or maybe in a small team. Our networking allows for support and sharing of information and ideas, and to meet other people in similar roles.

Education

The ASTC supports professional development through education and learning to keep up with changes in the way we work and the tools we use. We are always looking for new opportunities for members and non-members to update or advance our knowledge and skills. Training delivery has changed dramatically and now allows access to content both locally and globally.

Advocacy

We support the interests of our members by developing strong relationships with industry, government and educational institutions. Where needed, we can provide advice and guidance about the knowledge and skills of our profession. We promote technical communication best practice and showcase our profession. We show the added value of engaging our members and the benefits we can provide to businesses.

Opportunities

We have exchanged agreements with some related societies and associations within Australasia and around the world. This often allows us to provide opportunities for our members to take advantage of extra opportunities or services at member rates. We also provide a job advertisement for our members through an elective subscription email.

 

Our Committee

A group of dedicated technical communication professionals make up the ASTC Committee each year. Our committee members volunteer their time to plan and manage the ASTC's program and meet the regulatory responsibilities of the committee and their committee roles.

The committee is elected at the ASTC's Annual General Meeting. The committee can have up to ten members, with four compulsory office-bearer and six ordinary member positions.

Our committee members can live anywhere in Australia, including rural or city areas. Our committee uses online video conference tools for meetings, so distance is not an issue for meetings, we just need to manage the time zones.

 

David Cross

President

David Cross


David has been an active member of the ASTC since 2002. He has held many roles including six years as Victorian Secretary and Vice President, and nearly three years as part of the small team charged to form the national ASTC.




Dave Newdick

Vice President

Dave Newdick


Dave is a long term ASTC and ASTC(NSW) member holding roles including President and Vice President. Dave was part of the national ASTC workgroup. Dave is passionate about technical communication, with a drive to ensure the ASTC represents Australian technical communicators.


David Stephensen

Secretary

David Stephensen


David’s passion for technical communication started in high school. He joined ASTC in 1991. David documents geophysics software, teaches procedure manual writing, and is a volunteer performing arts project organiser.


Carl Sarelius

Treasurer

Carl Sarelius


Carl has much experience as a technical writer in defence and private sectors. His involvement with the ASTC spans a decade, with previous stints as Treasurer and Web Master for ASTC(Vic).

Janet Gray

Ordinary Member

Janet Gray


Janet has been an ASTC member for several years. She has many years of experience working in volunteer groups and committees. Janet would like to help organise social and information events in her local area of Melbourne.

Vilma Zubak

Ordinary Member

Vilma Zubak


Vilma has been an ASTC member for several years. She would like to be involved again in promoting technical communication to the wider community.

Janet Taylor

Ordinary Member

Janet Taylor


Janet has been a long serving member of the ASTC(NSW) committee and, for the last eight or so years, has organised the conference and helped to assemble Southern Communicator.

Sonja McShane

Ordinary Member

Sonja McShane


Sonja has been a member of ASTC(Vic) since 1993 and was the President for two years. She was co-creator and lecturer in the Technical Communications course at Swinburne University.

Peter Dujmovich

Ordinary Member

Peter Dujmovich


Peter has been an ASTC member for several years. Peter welcomes the opportunity to support the society. He is an experienced instructional designer and technical communicator in the telecommunications and lighting industries.

Ellen Ward

Ordinary Member

Ellen Ward


Ellen is new to the committee, having been an ASTC member for several years. She brings fresh ideas and is keen to support technical communication and the society.

Grant Noble

Ordinary Member

Grant Noble


Grant is a long term member of the ASTC and has also presented at several Annual Conferences.