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Pia Andrews
Pia Andrews
Pia Smith

1979 (age 44–45)
Other namesPia Waugh
Occupation(s)Strategic Advisor, Public Sector
EmployerAmazon Web Services (AWS)
Known forLeadership in Australian and international Free Software community
Websitewhat are we doing today, brain?

Pia Andrews (née Pia Smith, also formerly known as Pia Waugh), born 1979,[1] is an open government leader and the Special Advisor, Digital & Client Data Workstream Lead for Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Andrews spearheaded the growth of the Australian open government community by organising events such as GovHack, GovCamp and other events that bring together a diverse range of citizens who want to see government data made open for reuse. Previously, Andrews was known for her work as an Australian free software advocate. Her past positions include presidency of Software Freedom International; and presidency and vice-presidency of Linux Australia.


Andrews was employed by IT services company Volante for several years.[1] In 2005 Andrews was appointed Research Co-ordinator of the Australian Service for Knowledge of Open Source Software (ASK-OSS) project.[2] From 2006 Andrews, with her then-husband Jeff Waugh, was a director of Waugh Partners, an Australian Open Source consultancy.[3] Waugh Partners won the 2007 NSW State Pearcey Award for Young Achievers for their work promoting Free Software to the Australian ICT industry.[4] She was the project leader and a member of the Board of Directors of the One Laptop Per Child Australia program, launched in 2008.[5][6]

Andrews is a self-taught computer specialist, and has also studied politics at a tertiary level.[1] She has been involved in several projects and events promoting ICT careers to children and women.[7]

In April 2009 Andrews announced her appointment as a policy advisor to Kate Lundy, and announced that in this role she was stepping aside from leadership and advocacy roles in community groups, and that she would no longer work for Waugh Partners.[8]

In November 2012 Andrews joined the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO). She was Director of Coordination and Gov 2.0 in the Technology and Procurement Division of Finance (under John Sheridan, the CTO of Australia) and in charge of Australian national open data site http://data.gov.au/[9]

In 2014 Andrews was recognised for innovation and named one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence 2014 in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.[10][11]

Andrews was included in the 2018 list of the world's 100 most influential people in digital government, by Apolitical Group.[12]

In August 2018 Andrews was appointed Executive Director of Digital Government in the New South Wales Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.[13]

In February 2020 Andrews was appointed Special Advisor, Digital & Client Data Workstream Lead for Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).[14]

Free software community and volunteer positions[edit]

Andrews has held several positions in the Free Software community:


  1. ^ a b c Karena, Cynthia (9 May 2006). "May the source be with you". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  2. ^ "ASK-OSS December 2005 Newsletter". December 2005. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  3. ^ Gedda, Rodney (23 November 2006). "Waugh Partners to open up IT industry". Computerworld. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
  4. ^ Gedda, Rodney (7 December 2007). "Waugh Partners win 2007 NSW Pearcey Award". Computerworld. Archived from the original on 23 April 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2008.
  5. ^ Tindal, Suzanne (5 February 2008). "OLPC laptops set to hit Australia". ZDNet Australia. ZDNet. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  6. ^ "Board of Directors, OLPC Australia". OLPC Australia. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  7. ^ Tay, Liz (13 November 2006). "An interview with Linux Australia's cover girl". Computerworld. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  8. ^ Duckett, Chris (7 April 2009). "Pia Waugh goes to Canberra". ZDNet. Retrieved 7 April 2009.
  9. ^ Pia Waugh takes control of data.gov.au
  10. ^ "Canberra women among country's most influential". The Canberra Times. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  11. ^ Stewart, Claire (2 October 2014). "Australia's 100 Women of Influence 2014". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Influential People in Digital Government". Apolitical Group. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Pia Andrews takes on NSW digital government role". computerworld.au. 31 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Pia Andrews". LinkedIn. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Judges Profile". New Zealand Open Source Awards. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  16. ^ Tay, Liz (16 August 2006). "Australia to celebrate Software Freedom Day 2006". LinuxWorld.com.au. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  17. ^ "Software Freedom International (SFI)". Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  18. ^ "Contact - linux.conf.au 2007". Linux Australia. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  19. ^ "Linux Australia Awards". Linux Australia. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  20. ^ a b "Council". Linux Australia. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
Preceded by Linux Australia President
January 2003 - January 2005
Succeeded by