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IMPORTANT UPDATE

The AASW 2021 Mentoring Program has seen incredible demand just days after launching the program on February 15. We are delighted to have received so many applications from members looking to enrich their career or professional journey by engaging in this program.

However, to enable the AASW to manage the quality of the program, including assessing applications, matching and pairing and to optimise the participant experience, we are temporarily suspending applications from Mentees due to overwhelming demand.

Applications for Mentors can still be made via https://www.aasw.asn.au/professional-development/mentoring-program.

If you would like to be the first to know when mentee applications resume, please fill in this form and we will be in touch.

Alternatively, please stay across AASW publications for when mentee applications will resume.



Below are the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the AASW Mentorship Program. To view the answer, simply click on the question.

If you have a query that has not been answered below, please contact us via email: mentoring@aasw.asn.au

I've applied, so what happens now: (for mentors and mentees)

If your application is unsuccessful, your Branch Services Co-ordinator (BSC) will communicate this to you and discuss the reasons your application was not successful.

If your application is successful, your application will be assessed and your BSC will begin the process of matching you to a suitable mentor. Your BSC will communicate to you once a successful pairing has been made. Be sure to read through all the available resources that your BSC will provide to you.

From here you will then be invited to a 'Welcome and Orientation Event' which you are expected to attend. You will be asked to sign a mentor / mentee agreement form. You will then formally commence the program and the mentee will initiate contact regarding the first session.

For mentees: Ensure that you complete the self-assessment review and send it to your mentor ahead of your first session.

What if my application is unsuccessful?

You will be notified by your Branch Service Co-ordinator. Your application may be unsuccessful if you have not met the eligibility criteria for participating in the program for example. Your branch Service Co-ordinator will communicate to you the reasons should your application be unsuccessful.

If my application is unsuccessful, can I appeal?

Your Branch Service Co-ordinator will determine your eligibility for participation. There is no appeals process once a determination has been made by your Branch Service Co-ordinator. You may wish to re-evaluate your application, ensuring you meet eligibility, and apply again for a future intake.

Who should initiate first contact?

It is expected that the mentee will make first contact with the mentor to arrange the first meeting. Both the mentor and mentee will be provided with each others’ name, contact mobile phone number and e-mail address for this purpose.

Where do I send my application?

All completed applications should be sent to mentoring@aasw.asn.au.

I want to participate but I may be away at times during the program

To maximise the benefit of joining the program, you should try and ensure you are available to commit to every session as arranged between the mentee and mentor. You do not necessarily have to meet physically for every session, as long as both the mentor and mentee are following the structure of the program.

Do I have to live in the same State/Territory as my mentor or mentee?

In the application form, you will be asked what style of meeting format you would prefer with your mentee / mentor. If you prefer face to face meetings, then your Branch Service Co-ordinator will seek to pair you with a mentor / mentee where this can occur. However this might now always be possible due to availability.

What is the difference between mentoring and supervision?

The AASW Mentoring Program is not designed to replace existing supervision arrangements or contracts between members as stipulated by the AASW Supervision Standards 2014.

The AASW Mentoring Program should be considered and viewed as an independent program that has different program and participant objectives and serves to further member engagement and professional progression through a different structure. Mentorship provides guidance and support in a less formalised format than supervision and often includes the setting of career goals and pathways.

Mentoring is generally regarded as being temporary (although some mentoring relationships may continue in an informal capacity) and serves to fill the immediate needs of a participant by addressing existing professional challenges and allows participants to largely set the terms of their own relationship.

Supervision on the other hand, is a professional activity in which practitioners are engaged throughout the duration of their careers regardless of experience or qualification. The participants are accountable to professional standards and defined competencies and to organisational policy and procedures (Davys & Beddoe, 2010: 21).

Supervision programs are often more skills- based than Mentorship.

Supervision should be formalised in an agreement and follow the requirements outlined in the AASW Supervision Standards 2014

For participants in the AASW Mentoring Program, CPD is eligible to be attained as follows:

For Mentors: Category 3 – Professional Identity

Providing support or mentoring to social workers

Contributing to the learning of other social workers

For Mentees: Category 1 – Supervision

Receiving professional mentoring

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers