The program

Code for Australia and the Victorian Government’s Public Sector Innovation Fund have relaunched the Code for Victoria program for a second year, working together with the public to find new solutions to old problems.

From June-December 2017 the Code for Victoria II – Women in Tech Program will pair talented female technologists with state government change-makers to tackle challenges facing Victoria. 

The Code for Victoria II – Women in Tech Program will ensure the brightest and best women coders and technologists get their chance to work alongside our public servants to improve government services.
— Gavin Jennings MLC, Special Minister of State


how it works

Code for Victoria creates opportunities for ordinary citizens to use their skills to directly impact everyday people’s lives and transform government from the inside out.


1. Request For Challenges (March - April) 

The program called on government departments and agencies to nominate problems or ideas that could benefit from open innovation and collaboration.

2. government Challenges Selected (may)

Three of these ideas were selected by the Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, based on their complexity, urgency and alignment to government priorities.

3. Fellowship Teams Embedded (june - december)

All-female fellowship teams, each including designers, programmers and user experience experts are embedded within government for six months.



What are the challenges?

In May 2017, Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, selected the three following Victorian Government departments and agencies to receive a fellowship team.



Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria

Help clients understand their rights, match their disputes to appropriate support and solve disputes themselves.

Corrections Victoria

Improve offenders’ access to information, support, education and rehabilitation tools to assist them to successfully complete their Community Correction Orders.


Department of Health and Human Services

Harness technology to improve communication channels for clients requiring housing assistance.



Through a rigorous recruitment process, we identified nine talented change-makers to join us on this journey. Coming from a range of backgrounds and with a huge diversity of skills, we know they’re going to do incredible things in the months to come.


what is a fellow?


Fellows serve as agents for change, helping shape our state. The Fellowship program pairs teams of technologists, designers and community organisers with top civil-servants and change-makers in the government departments to tackle some of our state's biggest challenges.


What is a government HOST?


Government Hosts are the point of contact for embedded Fellows. They identify challenges in their department or agency that technology could solve. This could be focused on supporting agencies, delivering on state priorities, or technology that has a cross-agency impact on state government.