How it works

Step 1: Application

You can choose to apply for one of three mentoring programs: 

HR professionals

6-month program

Intake 1 starts in March 2020

Intake 2 starts in June 2020

New to HR

6-month program

Intake 1 starts in March 2020

Intake 2 starts in June 2020

HR students

6-month program 

(1 intake only)

Intake 1 starts in March 2020


The HR professional and New to HR programs run for six months with two intakes commencing annually in April and October. The HR student program runs for six months with only one intake in April each year. All participants must be AHRI members or take out an AHRI membership to be involved in the program.

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Mentoring program applications open about three months prior to the start date and close one month prior to the start date. Once matches are made participants are notified of their new mentoring partner via email. The next intake is for March- September 2020. Applications open 2nd September 2019. 


Step 2: Matching process

Suitable mentors and mentees are matched in each state by AHRI's State Council members, according to their:

  • Location
  • Years of experience
  • Special requirements
  • Industry
  • Participant's preference of HR areas for mentoring

Whilst every effort is made to match participants based on their preferences, it is not always possible to get everything from the one mentor. The more information you provide on your application the better we will be able to match you.

Once matching is completed matched pairs will be emailed details of their mentoring partner at commencement of the program. Mentees are asked to contact their mentor to kick start the relationship.

We strongly encourage attending your first meeting/ connection, even if you are not sure that your relationship with your mentee/mentor is what you initially wanted. Mentoring is about learning and expanding your professional horizons, so any relationship that can offer perspective, challenge, constructive conversations and inspire betterment could be a successful connection.

Step 3: Orientation 

An orientation webinar will be conducted shortly after the mentoring matches have been announced for all participants. The webinar will address the program structure and what to expect from the perspective of a past mentor and mentee. They will also be available to answer any questions you may have.

All participants will have access to the mentoring program resources upon creating their profile after registering and creating their profile in the mentoring portal, ie: training, mentoring agreement template, mentee goals document and the program's Code of Conduct.


Step 4: Contact between mentoring pairs

For the initial meeting it is the mentee's responsibility to make contact with their mentor within one week of receiving their mentor's contact details; and the mentor is expected to respond within 24 hours of being contacted.

For the duration of the program mentors and mentees are responsible for the ongoing contact with each other and are strongly encouraged to maintain communication to ensure a successful relationship.

The communication format will be determined by the pair and may include email, phone, Skype or face-to-face meetings. We recommend at least one hour of contact per month for the duration of the program. For long distance relationships this may involve Skype sessions, phone and email conversations.

Should any issues arise around contact (or lack thereof) you are advised to contact the mentoring team at


Step 5: State networking events

A state networking event is held during the program providing participants with the opportunity to share experiences and meet fellow participants. Events are run in each capital city (except NT) and you will be invited to a networking event in July. Participants from previous mentoring intakes are welcome to attend any of these events in addition to AHRI members interested in finding out more about future intakes. 


Step 6: Program updates

Regular AHRI communications and quarterly enewsletters will be sent to participants to inform you of upcoming events, webinars and information of interest.

We encourage participant feedback throughout the program.


Find out more

  • What participants say

    Read about mentors' and mentees' experiences with the program

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  • FAQs

    Find out the answers to FAQs from new and current participants

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  • Make mentoring work

    Gain insights and practical tips on mentoring

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  • Free webinars

    Mentoring participants gain free access to The Art of Best Practice Mentoring Webinar Series

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