Women in digital: applications open for DTA’s new digital leadership program

By Shannon Jenkins

Tuesday October 6, 2020


Expressions of interest have opened for the Digital Transformation Agency’s new coaching program for women in digital.

The program, which runs from November 2020 to August 2021, has been based on “positive psychology that focuses on your strengths”, according to the DTA.

The agency said the program would encourage participants from digital roles in the Australian Public Service to reflect, grow, and connect with coaches and peers across government.

“More women are needed in digital leadership roles. This program will support you to develop new skills and progress your digital career, enabling you to deliver quality government services,” it said.

“This is a unique opportunity to empower yourself through coaching and engage with others in a supportive environment.”

At a recent event on designing digital public services, DTA capability branch head Vanessa Roarty noted that having flexible working options was key to bringing women into the digital workforce.

“Ten to 20 years ago there was this idea that you couldn’t make it into the SES if you were working part time, or if you had kids, or if you wanted to go home at 5.30 and cook dinner,” she said.

“I think now is an opportunity where we’ve shown, we’ve had this real life experiment of how everyone can work more flexibly, and it’s been largely successful. Now’s the time to put that into action and use that flexibility to give people the career opportunities who didn’t have them before.”

The agency’s new program has been designed to be flexible. It consists of seven 2-hour group coaching sessions and two networking events. As sessions will be delivered virtually, participants will be able to change timeslots to work around their commitments.

Read more: How government agencies are building digital capability across the workforce

A range of topics will be covered, including authentic leadership, navigating a career in the digital age, building confidence, work-life integration, and more.

All Executive Level 1 or acting EL1 level women, feminine identifying and non-binary people who work in the APS in digital and ICT roles are eligible to apply for the program.

Submissions of EOIs close at midnight October 16, and formal confirmation must be submitted by October 30.

Women can also register for an information session on the program, to be held on October 14.

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