Women in IT coaching and mentoring

The Women in IT programs are for women working in digital roles across government. The programs aim to help women develop leadership skills, increase their numbers in leadership roles and reduce barriers to career progression.

The Women in IT coaching and mentoring programs are available for Australian Public Service (APS) females, including feminine identifying, as well as non-binary people, at different stages of their career.

The goal is to attract talented women with IT skills to the APS, to retain them and to increase the gender diversity of senior IT employees.

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Executive mentoring program (EL2)

The Women in IT Executive Mentoring (WITEM) program is for talented Executive Level 2 (EL2) women, who want to progress as a leader within the digital landscape. The program is sponsored by Dell™ and is open to female leaders working in all areas of digital, including:

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

Supporting women into leadership roles is critical to the APS successfully delivering quality services to Australians. Only around one-third of digital and ICT leadership in the APS are women. 

To help close this gap, WITEM provides an opportunity for participants to reach their full potential as leaders in the digital age. Close to 400 people have participated in WITEM over the past 13 years.

WITEM matches senior executive mentors with female EL2 mentees from across government. The mentoring relationship is facilitated for 12 months. Support is provided for mentees to share their experiences with other mentees, and to make the most of their new relationship with their mentor. This year’s program will include some enhancements to bring it into line with the Government’s digital agenda.

The program involves:

  • face-to-face mentoring
  • inter-departmental learning
  • facilitated group sessions
  • cross-government networking

It is anticipated that the minimum commitment throughout the 12-month Program will be approximately 15 hours (for mentors) and 16 hours (for mentees).

A mentor typically commits to:

  • an induction
  • training session
  • program launch
  • mid-program face to face session
  • 1 hour catch-up with your mentee each month 
  • a wrap-up and forward planning session

How to apply

Mentees can apply for the program, but a senior leader in the SES must approve the application. Unlike previous WITEM programs, your agency does not have to provide a mentor for a place to be available for a mentee from your agency.

We invite all female EL2’s including feminine identifying, as well as non-binary people to apply for this program.  

Senior executives interested in becoming a WITEM mentor are also encouraged to apply.

Mentors provide mentees with valuable career-based developmental guidance, professional relationships, and new perspectives in digital. 

If you have any questions about the WITEM program, please email capability@dta.gov.au 

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Coaching program (EL1)

Please note: This program is currently under review.

The Women in IT coaching program is for talented Executive Level 1 (EL1) women who want to gain leadership skills in their field.

This 12-month program provides high-quality executive coaching in small groups.

The program includes:

  • 10 facilitated training sessions of 3 hours each
  • small group coaching
  • Chief Information Officer, Senior Executive Service (SES) and EL2 guest speakers
  • networking opportunities

The course covers the following leadership skills and topics:

  • Who am I as a leader?
  • Where am I going?
  • How will I get there?

You can read more about the coaching program format and content.

Nominations and cost

Nominations and costs are currently under review.

The program will take place in Canberra as well as in other cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Brisbane, depending on interest. Sessions outside Canberra will only run if there are 8 or more participants in that location.

Please note that participants outside Canberra may need to attend a small number of events in Canberra. Agencies would need to provide funding for this travel.

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Get in touch

For further information, please email capability@dta.gov.au