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AIIA iAward Finalists Announced

[Sydney, AUSTRALIA] Thirty-three organizations have been have been short-listed as finalists for the iAwards, a joint initiative of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and The Australian Financial Review for the development and deployment of information technology (IT) in Australia.

Thirty-three organizations, ranging from government departments to emerging IT companies, have been short-listed in four categories, rewarding excellence in areas including the implementation of IT, e-commerce and mobile technology solutions, through to those involved in exporting and charitable initiatives.

Finalists include Australia's newest airline company, Virgin Australia, IT start-ups Bullant Technologies and Netline Technologies, and the New South Wales Police Service.

The iAwards, which will be held in Sydney on October 25, will be judged by industry practitioners and analysts including Paul Houghton, managing director of Microsoft, Tony Boyd of The Australian Financial Review and Ms Dale Spender, Academic and Writer, and presented by Senator Richard Alston.

"The iAwards seek to recognize both the excellent integration of technology and the emerging solutions that are revolutionizing our environment," said the AIIA's executive director Rob Durie. "To be named as a finalist in The iAwards is recognition by the information industry of excellence and outstanding achievement in the use and development of IT."

Durie said the iAwards provided an excellent avenue to give appropriate public recognition to these organizations, while celebrating the successes of Australian achievement in a global industry.

"The information industry contributes significantly to the Australian economy; increasingly, every area of our society is using information to enhance their capabilities," Durie continued. "Australia is an international leader in the development, application and use of IT, and all finalists have contributed significantly to the success of Australia in the global IT market, and to our establishment as a 'new' economy," he said.

The full list of finalists are: Blake Dawson Waldron, RentSmart Online, Virgin Australia, the ACT Chief Minister's Department, CSIRO, the NSW Police Service, Access Online, Terasys, the Royal Society for the Blind SA, Avon Catchment Network, Farmquote, the NOIE and the Office of Communications, Science and Advanced Technology, Lookgood Health Services, Networking North QLD, Patient Care Technology Group, the Australian Drug Foundation, the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia, Gpayments, Netline Technologies, Soprano Design, 3D3.COM, SecureGate, Streamlink, Bullant, Maxim Technology, The Distillery and Tower Software Engineering.

The iAwards are sponsored by Microsoft; the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts; DMR Consulting Australia; Genie Systems; Symbol Technologies; and the Starlight Children's Foundation.