Who we are

Welcome to PC Users Group (ACT) Incorporated, commonly known as PCUG.  We are a not-for-profit group of computer users run by volunteers.  PCUG is located in Canberra,  Australia.  Come in and browse around our website!   We give meaning to our motto “Users Helping Users”.

In December 2014, PCUG vacated the PCUG Centre in the Grant Cameron Community Centre, Mulley Street Holder, which had been our base for about ten years. PCUG is now operating as a club, who meet virtually, and hold meetings at varied venues around Canberra. For information on specific Special Interest Group venues, take a look in our Special Interest Group information, under the Member Services tab

Contact information may be found under the Contact Us tab.

Like many other volunteer-supported organisations, we close down over Christmas-New Year –  see the Calendar for details nearer to Christmas.

PCUG was formed in 1984, about the time of the availability of the first “clone” personal computers, which were made to be compatible with the IBM-PC.  Many original members were in the fledgling computer industry, and banded together to help each other with their home computers.  In those days, computing was an infant industry, commercial software was limited, and some hardware was not especially reliable.  So,  users helped each other, and a computer “club” was a key to those efforts.

PCUG grew and matured.  When the internet arrived,  PCUG offered connections to members.  Initially it was slow (wasn’t it everywhere?), but as the internet matured, members got good service from our dedicated system administrators.  The provision of full Internet services was discontinued in early 2014, however TIP (The Internet Project) continues to provide members with hosted email and web space.

* We are a non-profit community based organisation, whose ethic is to help each other.

* We provide training and workshops in varied venues as advertised.

* An email account and modest webspace are included with membership.
* Periodic email Newsletter.
* Help information including on-line help guide, and opportunities to network with members.
* Special Interest Groups (SIGs) open to all members.  Examples are Coffee & Chat,  Investments,  Linux,  and Beginners Groups.
* Local access to Open Source Software and information.