Women in IT coaching and mentoring

The DTA is committed to improving gender diversity in senior IT roles within the Australian Public Service. Find out about the coaching and mentoring programs currently on offer, and what we’re planning for the future.

What are the Women in IT programs?

The Women in IT programs support the career progression of women currently working in Information Technology (IT) in the Australian Public Service (APS). The goal is to attract and retain talented women with IT skills within the APS, and to increase the gender diversity of senior IT employees.

The program is made up of a number of different streams for women (and those who identify as female) at different stages in their careers.

Executive mentoring program

The Women in IT executive mentoring program is for talented EL2 women who are looking to progress their career within IT.

In this program, mentees are matched with a mentor (typically a CIO) from another department or agency for 12 months. The program involves:

Agencies and departments are asked to nominate a mentor (typically a CIO) and an EL2 mentee.

The program begins in April/May each year and runs for 12 months. More information will be provided on this program early 2018.

EL1 coaching program

The Women in IT coaching program is for talented EL1 women who are looking to gain leadership skills within their field.

This 12 month program provides high quality executive coaching in small groups to help women develop and nurture their leadership skills. It includes:

The course covers the following leadership skills and topics:

  1. Who am I as a leader?
  2. Where am I going?
  3. How will I get there?

You can download the course outline for more information.

CIOs or agencies will be asked to nominate talented EL1 women from their department or agency to participate in this program.

Nominations for this program are now closed.

Cost: $5,000.00‑$6,600.00 (GST inclusive) per participant excluding travel. The costs will depend on the final number of participants, and their location.

The program will be delivered in Canberra as well as in other cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Brisbane) depending on interest. Sessions outside of Canberra will only be run if there are 8 or more participants in that location. Please note that participants outside of Canberra may be required to attend a small number of events in Canberra. Funding for this travel would need to be provided by the agency.

APS 5–6 career development

We are currently exploring options for a new program for APS 5 and 6 women. This program will support women working in technical IT roles to transition into management.


As an agency or department

To nominate a staff member for any of the Women in IT programs, email through the participant’s details to womeninIT@digital.gov.au — during the nomination period.

Please include the name of the program and the following participant details:

Nominees will be sent a booking form to be completed by their line manager. Participation in the course is only confirmed once the booking form has been received by the DTA.

As an APS staff member

If you would like to participate in one of the Women in IT programs, please contact your CIO or HR team. Your agency or department will need to submit the nomination on your behalf.

Once we have received your nomination (from your organisation) we will send you a booking form. This form should be completed by your line manager and returned as soon as possible. Your participation is only confirmed after we have received your booking form.

If you have any questions about the process you can contact womeninIT@digital.gov.au

History and funding

The Women in IT programs were founded by Dell Australia and New Zealand in 2005 and were launched for government in 2007 — in collaboration with the Department of Finance.

In December 2016, responsibility for and coordination of the programs moved from the Department of Finance to the Digital Transformation Agency.

Dell supports Orijen Consulting to facilitate and manage the day-to-day activities of the programs. Agencies and departments are invoiced directly by Orijen for participation.

Who to contact

If you would like further information or to nominate one or more of your staff for the program, please email womeninIT@digital.gov.au