Professional Staff Mentoring

The Professional Staff Mentoring Program offers participants the opportunity to receive support from experienced senior staff to increase their skills and confidence, build networks and more effectively navigate their career goals at ANU.

In this video, our Chief Operating Officer Paul Duldig launches the Professional Staff Mentoring Program and talks about the value he has gained from experiences as both a mentor and mentee.

The next Professional Staff Mentoring Program will commence in July 2021, and we particularly need professional staff at ANU classification Level 6/7 or higher to act as mentors. Our previous mentors have given very positive feedback about their experiences, with comments such as:

“It’s been very interesting and rewarding already”

“I am sure I am getting at least as much out of it as the mentee, probably more”

“It will stretch me and help me to learn from another perspective”

“Fantastic to meet someone I mightn’t otherwise have. Start of something lovely.”

Program overview

  • 6-month facilitated Program (starting in July and finishing in December 2021).
  • Initial training workshops provided for both mentors and mentees, as well as ongoing support from the Culture & Development team.
  • Monthly 1:1 mentoring sessions, conducted virtually or face to face, as preferred.
  • Anticipated time commitment of 8-12 hours total for mentors and mentees, including 1:1 mentoring meetings and group workshops.


  • Open to professional staff employed in ongoing, fixed-term or continuing contingent funded positions.
  • Mentors and mentees must be available and prepared to participate for the full duration of the program.
  • Mentees will generally be drawn from ANU classifications up to and including Level 8, and mentors from Level 6/7 or higher, depending on the pool of available nominees and the skills and experience of participants. Mentees will generally be matched with a mentor from a higher classification level.
  • Mentors and mentees will be chosen to ensure participants are drawn from across ANU.


Staff interested in participating as a mentor or mentee can submit an expression of interest using these survey links for mentors and mentees.

2021 Program outline

17 May 2021

Expressions of interest open for mentors and mentees

4 June 2021 Expressions of interest close for mentees

Late June

Mentoring pairs announced

Early July

1-hour virtual workshops (will also be recorded)

Mentees have made initial contact with mentors

July to December

Mentoring pairs meet monthly


End of program feedback survey and virtual feedback session


If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Culture & Development team.

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