Employers join together to ‘prime the pipeline’ for women in technology

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Topics Inclusion Gender

Diversity Council Australia (DCA) has convened a group of leading employers in Australia to address the lack of diversity and under-representation of women in the technology sector.

Women comprise less than 20% of the Australian IT workforce, despite the chronic demand for skilled technology professionals. DCA is working with its members from across corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors to tackle the key issues facing the industry.

With most technology organisations delivering products and services for very large and different audiences, innovation and creativity is a must. DCA’s new Diversity in Technology Network is a dedicated forum for leading employers in Australia to examine how to better recruit and retain a more diverse workforce.

DCA’s own research has found that the lack of diversity in technology, particularly the small numbers of women, begins at school and continues through to university and vocational study. The Diversity in Technology Network will encompass a broader conversation about graduate employment and initiatives to work with schools and universities so that workforce supply issues can be addressed early on.

At the launch of this new network, a range of critical issues will be explored including:

  • The under-representation of women and some of the causal factors relating to the study of STEM subjects at school and university
  • Lack of diversity in leadership ranks
  • Promotion of gender inclusive workplace cultures
  • The myth that women don’t move up the leadership ladder because they ‘lack’ confidence in the workplace
  • Lack of cultural diversity within the technology sector


What: Launch of DCA’s Diversity in Technology Network

When: 2.00 – 4.00 PM AEST, Tuesday 21st July 2015

Where: Westpac, 275 Kent St, Sydney (audio live-streaming will also be available)

RSVP: Media are invited to attend and can register by emailing [email protected]


A keynote presentation on the state of play of Australia's technology industries and their efforts to tackle diversity and inclusion will be given by Suzanne Campbell, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association.

Lisa Annese, CEO of DCA, will explore how employers can prime the pipeline to enable more women to both enter and remain in technology industries.

This will be followed by a panel discussion joined by:

  • Bronwyn Holland, Women in Engineering and IT (WiE&IT) Program Director, UTS
  • Michelle Ridsdale, People Director, Readify
  • Sonia Basser, Managing Director, Financial Services Sector, IBM
  • Suzanne Campbell, CEO, Australian Information Industry Association
  • Ainslie van Onselen - Head of Inclusion & Diversity & Director of Women’s Markets, Westpac Group