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Mentoring Program

Welcome to the home of the AASW Mentoring Program for 2022.

The AASW received an overwhelmingly positive response from all participants in Cycle 1, with demand at a point where we can now announce that a Cycle 2 Mentoring Program will run in 2022.

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Mentoring can provide fabulous benefits for both mentees and mentors alike. Through a structured mentoring program, mentee participants can harness the knowledge, skills and experience from their mentors, to provide them greater awareness and opportunity within the social work sector. For mentor participants, the opportunity to “give back” to the social work profession, and or to contribute to the future of the next generation of social workers is so important.

The application process will be conducted in separate stages:

  • Mentors: 15 January – 31 January (Cycle 1 mentors and waitlisted mentors)
  • Mentors: January 31 – 14 February (General membership mentors)
  • Mentees: 14 February – 7 March (Waitlisted Cycle 1 mentees)
  • General membership mentees (if capacity permits)

Please note, for ALL participants, the application form for Cycle 2 is different from Cycle 1, so if you are interested in the program in 2022, you need to apply again this year.

First, are you eligible to participate?


  • Financial member of the AASW
  • Minimum of five (5) years practising social work
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Desire to contribute to the future of the social work profession
  • Retired or life members are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Financial member of the AASW (any category)
  • Internationally qualified social workers who are new to the Australian social work profession
  • Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work (Qualifying) students
  • Recently graduated from Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Do you want to mentor a social worker? Apply now!

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We are now taking applications from prospective mentors

If you have any questions, or have any difficulties with the form, please email

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Further information can be found in the Mentoring Program handbook.

Do you want to be mentored?

If you wish to apply as a mentee, please return to this page on 14 February and follow the prompts for mentee applications.

When will I find out whether or not I've been accepted into the program?

All mentees and mentors will be advised of the outcomes of their applications by 21 March.

Key program dates



15 January

Applications for Mentors Open (cycle 2 waitlist and Cycle 1 mentors)

31 January

Mentor Applications Close

31 January

Applications for Mentors Open (from the general membership)

14 February

Mentor Applications Close

14 February

Applications for mentees Open (Cycle 2 waitlist)

7 March 7 – 14 March

Pairing / matching review

14 March – 21 March

Communication of results to all applicants

5 April

Joint online information session for all mentors and mentees

11 April

Formal program commences

15 April – 18 April


30 June

Mid-program review and survey

12 September

Post program review and survey

6 October

Joint program conclusion event to be held

7 October

Formal program concludes

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