IPAA WA Individual Mentoring Program

Join IPAA WA as a Personal Member to ensure you receive an email when we open the program.  

Mentoring is a relationship aimed to provide mutual learning by participants with common goals. IPAA WA has established a program for one-on-one mentoring as a service to Individual Members. Read more about the program and eligibility below. 

Program Overview

We are looking for mentors and mentees to participate in the IPAA WA Individual Member Mentoring program. The program will run over six (6) months and will match a mentor to a mentee based on their skills, experience, and development goals. Participants can expect a likely time commitment of at least one face-to-face meeting per four-six weeks, but the exact commitment is to be agreed between the mentor and mentee.

Personal Members are invited to express their interest for a place as a mentee in the program - there is no additional charge to Personal Members to participate in the program. If you are interested in being a mentor, membership is not required.

A panel has been established to oversee the program, match participants, and evaluate the success of the program.

The number of participants in the program will be capped to ensure that the program is manageable for the Panel, and provides a valuable experience for participants. A match on the program is not guaranteed, as the number of mentees may exceed available places. We will consider nominations to participate in the program based on the time they come in. 

Either party may withdraw from the program at any stage, but must advise the Panel.

New in 2021 - Young Professionals Pool

This year we will be trialling a new young professional mentor pool for young professionals and those new to the sector.

This pool is only for young professionals (aged 35 and under) who want to mentor / be mentored by other young professionals. 

Mentees and mentors will have the option to be placed in this pool by selecting the option during their application. In doing so, you will only be matched to another young professional mentor / mentee who has also selected to be placed in this pool. 

This is a great opportunity for young professional mentors to share their experiences and gain extra leadership skills. Likewise, young professional mentees will get the opportunity to learn from other young people who might have already navigated similar challenges being faced by the mentees.

Benefits of Mentoring

Both mentors and mentees can benefit from participating in a mentoring program. There is a vast amount of information available which highlights these benefits, and we encourage you to browse our mentoring resources page: www.wa.ipaa.org.au/Individual-Mentoring-Program/Resources.aspx to view some resources we have collated that we think would be useful for mentors and mentees. 

Over 90% of participants who participated in this program last year and accessed these resources said they found them useful (including mentors and mentees).

We have summarised what we believe are the three key benefits you can expect to receive by participating in this mentoring program:

Benefits for Mentors

  • Promote best practice by sharing experience and skills
  • Satisfaction from contributing to your mentee's development
  • Opportunity to reflect upon and articulate your knowledge

Benefits for Mentees

  • Increased confidence in relating to more senior people in the sector
  • Exposure to new methods for approaching challenges
  • Insight into future planning and self-development

Express your interest

Please complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form to express interest in being either a mentor or a mentee. The Panel will then consider all information provided, and contact both mentees and mentors to advise them of their match.

At this stage, the mentor and mentee may request another match or may withdraw from the program with no questions asked. However, parties should be aware that due to the limited number of participants, a request for another match will depend on other participants, and another match cannot be guaranteed.

Express of Interest forms:


Once advised of their match, the obligation is on the mentee to contact their mentor to set up the first meeting. At this meeting, the parties are required to complete a ‘Mentoring Partnership Agreement’ form (provided prior to meeting), which establishes the ground rules, including the frequency of meetings, methods of contact and confidentiality.
When requested, participants are expected to provide feedback to the Panel to assist in evaluating the success of the program.


Personal Members (including Complimentary Young Professionals) are invited to participate in the Mentoring Program. If you are not currently a Personal Member, you may join to take advantage of this new initiative.

If you are interested in being a mentor, you do not need to be a Personal Member to participate in the mentoring program.

This program supports IPAA WA’s strategic objectives to:

  • Develop and Inspire - Improve our influence on training and development outcomes by developing and delivering high quality, industry recognised professional development and training programs for the public sector
  • Inform and Influence - Inform, advocate for and influence excellence in public administration
  • Connect and Collaborate - Provide opportunities to develop a connected and collaborative public sector
  • Strengthen and Grow - Continue to ensure IPAA WA’s sustainability for the benefit of our members and the public sector

Terms and Conditions

By completing the Expression of Interest Form, I agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Remain a financial member of IPAA WA for the duration of the Mentoring Program (mentees only)
  • Provide feedback to IPAA WA on my experience of the mentoring program
  • Respect the confidentiality of the mentoring relationship
  • Advise the Panel if you choose to withdraw from the mentoring program.

All personal information provided by the mentor and mentee will be treated as confidential, and will only be used by IPAA WA for the purposes of this program.


Any queries or concerns with the program or your match can be discussed confidentially with a member of the Panel. Please contact members@ipaawa.org.au in the first instance.