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National Mentoring Program
Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative

Build resilience through knowledge sharing

Mentoring connects someone with knowledge and experience in a certain area with someone with less experience. The purpose of the National Mentoring Program is to bring rural Australians with different experiences together to build leadership capacity and resilience in rural Australia. Sharing experiences, challenges, and ideas in a trusted, non-judgmental mentoring relationship is a fantastic way to accelerate personal and professional development.

Mentoring program activities

Mateship & leadership

The National Mentoring Program is your chance to meet someone from anywhere in Australia to share your experience and ideas. Advance each other’s development goals and gain new perspectives on your focus areas over 12 mentoring sessions. Attend learning sessions to gain fundamental leadership, communication, and resilience skills. Whether you’re a mentor or mentee, emerge as a better communicator with more self-awareness and confidence in your ability and knowledge. As a result, you will be able to prepare, adapt and support your and other rural Australian communities when the next drought or natural disaster comes around.

When can I apply?

8 August – 25 September 2022

How much will it cost?

Up to 40 places on this program are funded by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

When does the program run?

Session 1: Spring Bay Mill, Triabunna

Session 2: Panorama Hotel, St Helens

Which areas are eligible?

Dorset, Break O’Day, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Sorell, Tasman, and Flinders Island Council

Important dates

Applicant Q&A & Webinar 15 September 2022 at 7.00pm

Program Dates
Session 1: 10 – 12 November 2022

Session 2: 4 – 5 December 2022

Apply for your region’s program now

The Drought Resilience Program is customised to the region we’re delivering it in. So, we open applications for different states at different times of the year. Take a look below to see if your region’s eligible. Tasmania, you can apply now!

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Donna Taggart, Goulburn Valley

All people in all sorts of ways are impacted by the lack of water. We all need water, it’s the one common theme through all beings, all people, everyone, everywhere. So I think the benefits of learning about how different people at different levels are impacted can only be advantageous and have a ripply effect.

Werner Vogels, Goulburn Valley

The first session was two days on Zoom, [it was] just really inspiring to be honest. Just coming together and talking about what we mean by resilience, what we mean by leadership, and how can we network in the Goulburn Valley area and make sure we do position ourselves as thought leaders and change agents to become more resilient when we talk to one another about natural disasters?

What our change makers say

How to apply

You’re welcome to apply below. Positions for this program are competitive, with only 40 spots offered per region. These places are funded by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. Successful applicants are only expected to pay for their travel and meals throughout the program.


Apply for a place in the next round of applications for the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program.

Frequently asked questions

Don’t see your question below? Get in touch with our friendly team.

The program aims to build resilience and leadership skills in individuals living or working in or for rural Australia. To fit these criteria, you would generally have a desire to help your own or other rural Australian communities prepare for drought and natural disasters and overcome general challenges either because you live in them or because your work relates to rural communities or agriculture. You may also have lived experience with drought or have the desire to develop your leadership capabilities.

The program is fully funded by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

Depending on where you live, you might connect online or via the phone, or even in person.

Here are a few questions to help you identify your connection to drought resilience and how you might be able to, directly and indirectly, support them in preparing for future drought and other challenges.

Do you have lived experience with drought? Did you work with or volunteer in your own or another drought-affected community to support people there? Or would you have liked to support them?

What do you think your community or people in agriculture-dependent communities need to be better prepared for another drought? How would you see yourself filling gaps? Or, would you like to find out how you can contribute?

Reflect on rural communities’ challenges and opportunities and how you can contribute to overcoming them.

Think about what you need to thrive in the future. Have you ever wanted to do something but aren’t sure where to start? Where do you see yourself or your community in the next five to ten years, and what do you need to achieve it? It might also be that you can’t put your goals into words. That’s ok; a mentor can help.

Think about how your life or professional experience could help someone identify goals, navigate complex situations and challenges and have courageous conversations. As a mentor, you will be using these and your unique experience by being a sounding board and guide to someone else.

This is an incredible learning opportunity for a mentor.

An agriculture-dependent community is a community where agriculture plays an important role. This could be because the local economy has a large share of agricultural production or many people living there either work in or service the agricultural industry in one way or another. Most rural and many regional communities are agriculture-dependent.

We’re raising the next generation of Aussie leaders driving resilience in their communities

Become part of a network of like-minded locals making change happen. Join the next round of our Drought Resilience Program.

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