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Mentoring Program


Applications for the AASW 2021 Mentoring Program officially closed on Thursday 15 April 2021, thank you to all those who submitted an application and took an interest in this program.

2021 AASW Mentoring Welcome and Orientation Event

The 2021 AASW Mentoring Program Welcome and Orientation event took place on Thursday 13 May at 8.00 PM (AEST) via Zoom.

Thank you to all those who attended the webinar - we encourage all participants who missed out to watch the recording below and acquaint yourself with the program details, and learn what support is available to you, through this mentoring journey.

I've submitted an application, now what?

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

2. If successful, your application will be assessed and your BSC will begin the process of matching you to a suitable mentor

3. Your BSC will communicate to you once a successful pairing has been made

4. Read through all the available resources provided that your BSC will send you

5. You will be invited to (and expected to attend) a “welcome and orientation event” on May 13 (online and evening)

6. You will be asked to sign a mentor / mentee agreement form

7. Complete the mentee self-assessment review and send to your mentor ahead of session 1

8. You will then formally commence the program and the mentee will initiate first session contact

About the Mentoring Program

A significant commitment to members by the AASW is to continually strive to provide meaningful support and structure to assist both new and existing members on their social work journey by providing opportunities that seek to enhance their skill development and create career pathways and learnings. Mentoring plays an important part in the social work career journey. Past membership surveys have identified the desire of members to participate in a formally structured program.

NOTE: The AASW Mentoring Program is not designed to replace existing supervision arrangements or contracts between members as stipulated by the AASW Supervision Standards 2014. Find out more about how mentoring differs from supervision here.

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is defined as “a mutually beneficial relationship which involves a more experienced person helping a less experienced person to identify and achieve their goals” (

While mentoring can often develop through the mutual understanding and evolution of a relationship between two or more people, a structured approach to any mentoring relationship can significantly enhance the benefits to both parties.

Career mentoring can develop some of the most sought-after attributes that employers look for; industry awareness and first-hand knowledge of life challenges faced in the workplace.

What is the purpose of the Mentoring Program?

The program will provide a forum for social workers at all stages of their careers or professional journey to develop an on-going mentee / mentor relationship with another social worker facilitated by regular meetings and discussion of matters relating to professional challenges, in a supportive framework.

The program’s purpose is not to facilitate a participant to find work through their partnership but instead foster knowledge sharing, insights and learnings which can co-facilitate each other’s objectives for joining the program.

Vision: To create a formalised structure that enables member social workers to participate in a program that seeks to resolve, develop, or advance a members’ interests

Mission: To strengthen and advance the well-being, capabilities, and skills of all AASW members by contributing to the social work profession and the Association in general

Benefits of the Mentoring Program

Benefits for Mentors

Mentoring goes beyond simply sharing knowledge and experiences. The mentor/mentee relationship provides for mutually beneficial rewards to both parties. Mentors can learn significantly from their mentees through listening, reflecting and being actively involved in the development of their mentee. Being involved in mentoring also provides some tangible benefits that can reward mentors professionally.

For mentors, key benefits of mentoring include:

  • Recognition as a subject matter expert and leader
  • Exposure to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches
  • Extension of their professional development record
  • Self-development through personal reflection
  • Development of their personal leadership and coaching styles
Benefits for Mentees

The benefits of mentoring can be significant whether you’re an employee working for an organisation or self-employed; for employees who are being mentored, the process will equip them with skills and learnings that can form an indispensable part of their career journey. For self-employed mentees, mentoring can provide guidance and direction on business development and success. Having access to a more senior, learned, and experienced person, develops a relationship that sees the mentee grow not just in personal terms, but in professional development too.

For mentees, key benefits of mentoring include:

  • Exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking
  • Advice on developing strengths and overcoming weaknesses
  • Guidance on professional development and advancement
  • Increased visibility and recognition within the company
  • The opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge
  • Pathways into leadership within the Association and the profession in general

The Next Steps

How to Apply

Get more information on what the process is for submitting your application for the AASW Mentoring Program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page to get the answers to questions that you may have about the AASW Mentorship Program

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