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The HR mentoring program

Applications for the 2024 NSW Government HR Mentoring Program closed on Tuesday, 23 April.   

This is a structured 6-month program that uplifts the strategic capability of sector HR professionals.  
The program pairs HR professionals seeking guidance and support with more experienced HR leaders who are willing to commit time and energy to the professional development of future HR Leaders. Pairs will be matched based on HR capability development needs and mentor expertise.  

Benefits of participating

You will expand your public sector network and increase your awareness of the HR programs, initiatives and practices in other agencies and departments.   
As a mentee, you will get to:  

  • consider and define your career pathway 
  • identify capability strengths and gaps and personalise your HR capability development in your chosen area/s 
  • receive support and guidance to achieve your learning and career development objectives
  • build your network across the sector  
  • learn from and share information across agencies.  

As a mentor, you will get to: 

  • gain a wider understanding of opportunities and challenges experienced across the HR profession 
  • further develop your mentoring, coaching and facilitation skills 
  • contribute to the development of the HR profession. 

Who can apply?

To apply as a mentee, you must be: 

  1. currently working as an NSW Government HR professional in a non-executive role up to clerk grade 11/12 (or equivalent) 
  2. be interested in developing your HR capabilities
  3. be willing and able to commit time and energy to the program and actively participating in monthly mentoring discussions.  

To apply as a mentor, you must be:  

  1. currently working as a NSW Government HR professional in roles at Grade 9/10 to Senior Executive (or equivalent) 
  2. willing to commit time and energy to support the development of a more junior HR professional. 

There is no cost to participants or agencies, the program is funded by the PSC.  

Program timeline and activity




Applications open 

Thursday 21 March 2024 

Applications close  

Tuesday 23 April 2024 

HR Agency Lead Endorsement due by

Wednesday 08 May 2024

Successful applicants contacted 

Wednesday 15 May 2024 

Program launch – opening workshop 

Tuesday 28 May 2024 

Optional: Lunch & Learn Information Session  

(Mentor) Wednesday 29 May 2024 

Optional: Lunch & Learn Information Session  

(Mentee) Wednesday 29 May 2024 

X2 Workshops 

Jun / Sep 2024 (Dates TBC) 

Program close event  

Wednesday 27 November 2024 



Time required 

Meeting preparation 
(Research, readings and follow-up) 

Approx. 45 minutes for each mentoring session

Mentoring sessions  
(At least 6 mentoring sessions recommended) 

Approx. 60 minutes per session

Events and workshops

Up to 5 hours in total

Program surveys  

Approximately 1 hour total 

All participants will receive a mentoring toolkit, including suggested session plans, a resource list for each of the suggested session topics and a mentoring journal to help embed all learning. 

Application and selection process

Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 8 May 2024. 

Pairs will be matched based on chosen HR capability development areas and mentor expertise. All applications will be shared with the respective HR Director for endorsement prior to being considered for matching. 

Places are limited (80 mentees and 80 mentors) and will be allocated equitably across the sector.    

Apply for the HR mentoring program

Access and complete the following online application form to apply for the HR mentoring program.

Apply for the program

Contact us

For enquiries about the mentoring program, contact the PSC Capability Design team by completing our contact form

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