Build resilience through knowledge sharing

National Mentoring Program

Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative

National Mentoring Program

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.

Application period

10 October – 6 November 2022

Selection interviews

14 – 28 November 2022

Program places & Cost

Participation on this program is funded by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.


18 years and over and connected to agriculture-dependent communities. Preferred age group of mentees 18 to 35.

Program Duration

1 year

Mentoring sessions

12 x 1-hour mentoring sessions

Learning sessions

10 x online learning sessions incl. graduation

Induction, mid-program check-in

2 x reflection sessions for mentees only

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.

Application and matching process
Matched by experts

To get started, complete a simple online application form and indicate your experience, personal and professional development goals, and focus areas. Participate in a short selection interview and we align development goals, focus areas, and experience with the right person as your mentor or mentee.

Register interest

Sign up to get an email when applications open.

National Mentoring Program EOI


Frequently asked questions

Have more questions? Get in touch via email or give us a call on 02 6281 0680.

The purpose of the program is 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.