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) women, those identifying as female and those who are genderless, 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 their careers in IT.

In this program mentees are matched with a mentor from another department or agency for 12 months. The mentor is typically a Chief Information Officer (CIO).

The program involves:

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

Agencies and departments are asked to nominate a mentor. Once mentor nominations conclude, we will seek mentee nominations from each participating organisation.

Nominations and cost

Nominations for the 2018/19 program closed in August 2018. We will update this page when nominations are open for the 2019/20 program. 

The program costs $2750 per mentee (including GST but excluding travel). There is no charge for a mentor’s involvement.

The program takes place in Canberra. Mentors and mentees from interstate are welcome to take part.  

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Coaching program (EL1)

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 (3 hours each)
  • small group coaching
  • CIO, 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 for the 2018/19 program are open until 19 October 2018.

Download and complete the participant registration form.

Cost: $5000 to $6600 per participant (including GST but excluding travel). The cost will depend on the final number of participants and their location.

The program will take place in Canberra as well as in other cities (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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Women in digital network

This network is for female-identifying digital professionals at all levels of the Australian Public Service. Women in digital networking events provide a forum where women can come together to share their experiences and knowledge and make new connections that will assist them in their career development.

Email womenindigital@dta.gov.au if you would like to receive updates on networking and development opportunities. 

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Get in touch

If you have any questions or want to nominate one or more of your staff for a program please email womeninIT@digital.gov.au or call 02 6120 8701.