Why mentoring?

Having a mentor is one of the most valuable and effective development opportunities anyone can pursue. A relationship with a mentor is based on encouragement, constructive feedback, openness, mutual trust, respect, and a willingness to learn and share, and can provide you with the essential knowledge to succeed, both professionally and personally.

How long does the Mentoring Program run for?

The Mentoring Program runs from July to April 2023. Mentors and mentees may choose by mutual agreement to continue the relationship beyond December this is however this is outside the Institute’s formal arrangement.

Applications close 17 June 2022.

How are applicants selected?

We will review each application before deciding on the final participants to ensure those selected will benefit the most from the program. Places for the pilot program are limited so if your application is not successful for this session, we will encourage you to reapply next time around.

How are mentees and mentors matched?

Matches are based on a mentee's career goals and a mentor's background and experience.

I am not based in Australia can I still apply?

Yes, of course. The pilot is open to all members who meet the program criteria for mentees and mentors.

How much does it cost to participate?

The pilot program is free for members.

How often should mentor/mentees meet?

As a guideline, we recommend that mentees and mentors meet at least once a month for the duration of the program for a minimum of 1 to 2 hours. Pairs may meet more regularly if required and should you both agree.

Apply to be part of the program.

Will mentees and mentors from the same organisation be matched?

For mentees to get the best out of the program they will be paired with a mentor from outside of their organisation. The benefits associated with a matching process across the industry are numerous. Mentors can provide:

  • A fresh, different perspective
  • A ‘safer’ space to discuss challenges
  • Relevant expertise and understanding of the specific challenges and culture of this industry.

Are there additional networking opportunities for the mentees?

Mentees are based around the country. A ‘virtual’ space will be set up for participants to talk, share ideas, and ask questions.