Women in Digital

The Women in Digital programs are for women working in digital roles across government. The programs aim to help women develop leadership skills, increase the number of women in leadership roles, and reduce barriers to career progression.

Supporting women into leadership roles is critical to the Australian Public Service (APS) successfully delivering quality services to Australians. Our goal is to attract talented women with digital skills, to navigate successful careers in the APS.

Our programs are:

  • Women in IT Executive Mentoring (WITEM™) – for EL2
  • Coaching for Women in Digital Program (C4WID) – for EL1.

All programs are open to APS members who identify as women, feminine or non-binary.

Our women in digital programs are part of the Australian Government Digital Profession initiatives. The Digital Profession will be the standard of excellence for APS digital professionals, with opportunities for learning and career development. Women in digital program participants automatically become foundational members of the Digital Profession.

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Women in IT Executive Mentoring (WITEM™) – EL2 

The Dell Women in IT Executive Mentoring (WITEM™) program is for Executive Level 2 (EL2) women who work in all areas of digital. This includes:

  • information technology
  • agile management
  • user research
  • content design
  • service design
  • specialist skills.

Sponsored by Dell, this program matches senior executive mentors with female EL2 mentees from across government. It aims to help women develop their potential as a leader in digital.

In the past 14 years, over 220 mentoring pairs have participated in WITEM™.

The WITEM™ program has been refreshed to align with new ways of supporting mentors and mentees – with more opportunities to connect across government, learning resources and support.

What’s involved?

WITEM™ is delivered over 12 months. At a minimum, each mentor and mentee pair are expected to commit to a 1-hour catch-up each month. In addition, the program provides: 

  • an induction
  • guidance/information session
  • program launch
  • mid-program face-to-face session
  • a wrap-up and forward planning session.

There may also be other networking and connection events held. Mentees will also participate in facilitated group discussions, where they can safely share their experiences.

Mentees will benefit from:

  • customised guidance on career development
  • unbiased feedback on roadblocks or issues
  • developing professional relationships with their mentor and peers across government
  • learning about new perspectives in digital and government.

In mentorship sessions, mentees will receive valuable career-based developmental guidance, professional relationships, and new perspectives in digital. Read more about the experience of a WITEM mentee.

For mentors, the benefits are:

  • growing as a manager and leader, while helping others develop
  • guiding new leaders by sharing personal ideas and experiences
  • exposure to ideas and experiences outside of usual communication channels
  • access to talent for potential collaboration or recruitment.


The cost is approximately $2750 (inclusive of GST) per mentee participant (excluding travel to program events). There is no charge for a mentor to participate.

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How to apply

The program accepts nominations for mentor and mentee positions. We encourage senior executives to become a WITEM™ mentor. We also welcome applications from past mentees with an interest in becoming a mentor.

Mentees will require the endorsement of an SES leader/delegate as part of the application process.

If you want to grow as a leader, or help foster new leaders, applications for the 2022-2023 WITEM™ program are scheduled to open in March 2022.

If you have any questions about the WITEM™ program or would like to place your name on the waiting list for future WITEM™ programs, please email capability@dta.gov.au  

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Coaching for Women in Digital program – EL1

If you are an EL1 women in digital or acting in EL1, we invite you to explore the Coaching for Women in Digital program. Reflect, connect and grow.

If you are in the digital field and are interested in participating, please register your interest at capability@dta.gov.au.

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Get in touch

For further information about coaching please email capability@dta.gov.au