Fellowship Program

Pairing talented technologists with government change-makers to tackle complex social issues

How It Works

Embedding technologists into government teams for 6 – 12 month projects, the Fellowship program creates a two-way transfer of knowledge and understanding, while building human-centered technology.


1. Identifying a Challenge

Government departments or agencies work with the Code for Australia team to identify a challenge and environment that is suitable for a Fellowship.

2. Recruiting + Onboarding

We find talented developers, designers and technologists and take them through a intensive onboarding process – covering everything from bureaucracy tactics to collaboration and team-building.

3. Designing + Making

The Fellows work alongside government hosts to examine the challenge in a new light, build capability, and create open source and human-centered technology.

The fellows combined their skills with the experience of end-users rather than simply telling us how we should do things. We now have a better appreciation and understanding of design, technology and rapid improvement techniques.

Khoi Cao-Lam, Victoria Legal Aid

Take The Next Step

Become 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, and support Fellows during the project with time, resources and connections.

Become a Fellow

Fellows serve as agents for change, helping shape our state. Fellows are mission-driven digital professionals with multi-disciplinary experience in software engineering, design, user experience or product management. 

What Makes Fellowships Unique

Being government organisations we get stuck in the way that we’re doing things and innovation is hard to grasp. This was the perfect opportunity to try something different.

Mel Hardie

Senior Biodiversity Curator, Dept. of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

The Code for Australia Fellowship introduced Council to a new approach to engagement and collaboration between departments – helping break down cultural barriers.

James Peet

Chief Digital Officer, Moreton Bay Regional Council

Fellowship Partners

We’re proud to have run over twenty Fellowship programs with these innovative agencies and departments across Australia.

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