The Queensland Education, Science and Technology Network (QUESTnet) is the Queensland regional component of the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet). In 2001 the network development and operation functions devolved to the Queensland Regional Network Organisation (QRNO) with QUESTnet focusing on the conference, staff development and training.
Each year since the early 1980s the Management Committee of QUESTnet has held annual conferences, which have developed from a local, then regional event, into the national conference of today.
The conferences are aimed at network technologists and those ICT professionals who must work closely with network technology. A key focus of the event is to provide an opportunity for delegates to develop their professional knowledge, exchange information on 'real world' network experiences and understand future network development scenarios.
Basically, QUESTnet is about net-workers networking!
AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the company that operates Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet). It is a not-for-profit company limited by shares. The shareholders are 38 Australian Universities and the CSIRO.
AARNet provides high-capacity leading-edge Internet services for the tertiary education and research sector communities and their research partners. AARNet serves over one million end users who access the network through local area networks at member institutions.
AARNet has been effective in making representations to government on policy, legislation, strategy and programs to improve the telecommunications facilities and services available not only to the education and research sector but also to the whole Australian community.