Women in Technology (WiT) is one of Australia’s biggest communities that support women in across all fields of science and technology. As a not-for-profit organisation, we exist solely to create opportunities for our members and provide a dynamic platform to empower women from all disciplines to unlock their career potential.
For more than two decades we have helped women find the inspiration and support they need to achieve their aspirations and, in doing so, we are helping our community take full advantage of the outstanding talent, energy and capacity they bring to our emerging digital economy.
WiT fills an important niche in the professional support resources available to women, helping to nurture, guide and support them during their whole career. We were the first organisation to bring women from all disciplines, all ages and all career levels together in a single, inclusive group.
Today, our community network brings together women and the champions of change who support them. Our community includes more than 8,000 corporate and individual members, affiliates, and over 25,000 online supporters – and our numbers continue to grow.
In recent years, there has been substantial investment in schools and universities to encourage and equip young women and girls to pursue careers in STEM. WiT builds on these pathways offering enrichment programs and support for women as they start their careers, as well as women facing the unique challenges of returning to work, those in middle levels wishing to advance and senior women taking on high level leadership responsibilities.
WiT focuses on the common ground shared by women in all areas of technology, providing collegial support and helping them build the confidence and skills to succeed in the workplace. This is critical to recruitment, retention and growth of female talent and leadership in STEM careers. The broad remit also distinguishes us from the many discipline-specific organisations, technical interest groups that have emerged in recent years.
WiT is headquartered in Queensland where technological innovation plays a key role in the State’s economic future and the demand for talent is creating new opportunities for women. But our reputation extends nationally and many of our development programs have been emulated by both commercial and not-for-profit groups around the country.
What do we offer?
- Professional and personal development – from presentations by thought-leaders and inspirational role models, to career-based learning experiences and social networking.
- Board readiness – Or exclusive Board Readiness program is an invaluable introduction for women wanting to step up to a Directorship. The program has been running for more than a decade and is supported by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
- Mentoring – Hundreds of mentees and mentors have successfully completed the WiT Mentoring program, a structured 12-week course which focuses on helping women achieve their personal career goals. Alumni continue to be connected via a dynamic community of practice that offers ongoing online and offline interaction.
- Recognition – The annual WiT Awards are the premier showcase for women in STEM in Australia. The gala presentation attracts hundreds of guests who come together to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Queensland women across the spectrum of science and technology.
- Community membership – WiT membership continues to grow year-on-year. The organisation now has more than 8,00 members and affiliates with more than 25 000 government, corporate and individual supporters registered with our various channels. Members come from all technical disciplines – including all branches of ICT, medicine, engineering, environmental sciences, research, academia, business, industry and government.
- Advocacy and influence – The backing of WiT’s diverse and inclusive membership gives the organisation a strong voice in policy and decision making at both a state and national level. WiT is frequently asked to speak at community and industry events, or to contribute to Government discussions and forums, where it continues to advocate on behalf of women in all fields of science and technology.
- Information – WiT’s extensive social networks are an important source of news and information on matters of significance to its broader community. They provide a platform to recognise challenges and achievements and showcase female role models and an accessible, safe forum for advice and support. The annual WiT survey keeps a finger on the pulse of attitude and opinion in the community.
- Contribution – WiT works closely with many other women’s networks, startup incubators, universities and technical interest groups actively promoting events and opportunities of interest to our community.
At the AGM of May 2021, WiT members voted to adopt a new constitution formally transitioning the organisation to a Company limited by guarantee.
Download the Constitution of Women in Technology, 2021 DRAFT (Registration pending)
View the previous Constitution, 2009.
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View the Certificate of Currency, 2020-2021.
WiT operates on a January to December financial year. Download our financial reports:
- 2020 FINAL AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
- 2019 FINAL AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
- 2018 FINAL AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
- 2017 FINAL AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
- 2016 FINAL AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
- 2015 FINAL AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
WiT is a member of the Council of ICT Associations (CICTA), the peak body of State and national ICT-related industry groups operating in Queensland, and has a voice on the Queensland Ministerial ICT Reference Group.