Tech For Non Tech

An interactive workshop that demystifies modern tech and empowers those working in government to build their digital capabilities.

How It Works

Tech for Non Tech helps leaders build their digital fluency by deepening their understanding of web development and learning how to work amazingly with developers.

Technology Basics

No question is too small. We tackle everything from libraries, languages and APIs to agile methods and scrum masters.

Trends + Opportunities

Cut through the jargon to understand emerging trends in tech and their potential impact on business and government.

Tech Relationships

Developers don’t create software – teams do. Develop an understanding of how to work collaboratively with technical people.


There are so many opportunities that changing and developing technologies offer. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t being left behind and that I was leveraging all the opportunities that were being made available.

Brian Wearne, General Manager, Information and Dispute Services Centre at Consumer Affairs Victoria


Our expert hosts and technical facilitators create safe environments where no question is too big or small, and where no two sessions are the same.

Lina Patel

Lina Patel

Host - Melbourne

Lina was previously part of the Code for Australia Base Team, and is a facilitator and collaboration designer. People frikkin love her workshops and meetings.

Matthew Wright-Simon

Matthew Wright-Simon

Host - Adelaide

Matthew is a facilitator whose purpose is to creatively stimulate, engage and activate people to contribute to positive social, environmental and economic impact.

Ben Ralph

Ben Ralph

Technical Facilitator

With over a decade of experience founding tech companies and teaching web development, Ben is happiest when he’s helping people understand all things human-centred, agile, tech and leadership.

Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett

Technical Facilitator

Steve is an open data and web mapping expert, a founding member of Open Knowledge Melbourne and one of Code for Australia’s first Fellows. He knows his stuff.

Common Questions


Are classes still running during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, at Code for Australia, all of our programs are still up and running. One of the benefits of working in digital is that we can facilitate great things remotely. Get in touch with us to find out more.


What are the goals of Tech for Non Tech?

  • To help public sector leaders build their digital fluency 
  • To understand how to work well with technical teams.
  • To empower digitally fluent leaders that can make technology that is accessible, sustainable and useful to all.

What kind of questions will Tech for Non Tech answer?

  • Why do technical projects take ten times longer than expected?
  • What’s inside the magic black box? 
  • What’s the optimal way of working with programmers and tech teams
  • What is happening in the world of tech?
  • What do I need to know about proposing and undertaking a tech project?
  • What is open source software and why is everyone talking about it?

What are the times, dates and prices for classes?

Our next session is ready to kick off when you are. Because there are so many variables when it comes to custom classes, you’ll need to get in touch with us to chat through the dates you have in mind.


How can I benefit from participating?

Participants walk away with a holistic understanding of:

  • web development and the internet
  • a stronger understanding of how to work well with technical people
  • skills to break through technical terms and jargon
  • a greater understanding of how to make well-informed and sustainable technical decisions.

Do I need to prepare anything in advance?

You can read blog posts from previous participants but no pre-work is necessary. 


I want to get started now, do you have anything that can help me?

We sure do. We realise that everyone can’t make it to our classes in person, which is why we created Working Well With Developers – a free, five-part email course that shares insights from our community of developers.


I need to convince my colleague or boss, can you help me?

We’ve prepared a pitch deck to help our public sector friends request support to participate in Tech for Non Tech. Send us a message and we’d be happy to send through a copy.

What People Love

I didn’t really understand what it was that was the problem. But I do now, and it’s a revelation. I’m having much more informed conversations with my IT director, and with my director of our digital strategy.

Keryn Negri

CEO, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

I understood things that I didn’t really quite understand before that’s quite empowering. Understanding those basic concepts then allows you to build from a base.

Brian Wearne

General Manager of the Information and Dispute Services Centre, Consumer Affairs Victoria

Take The Next Step

Grab a copy of our info pack to find out about focus areas, course content, who it was designed for and more.

Our Alumni

We’re proud to have worked with participants from agencies, departments and organisations across Australia.

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