Mentoring as an effective business strategy.

Mentoring is more than personal or professional development. The implementation of a structured mentoring program is an effective business strategy that can transform your company culture, improve your Employee Value Proposition (EVP), and positively impact your financial bottom line.

Here is a summary of the benefits our mentoring program can provide:

  • Enhanced leadership skills
  • Career direction
  • Workplace communication
  • Increased confidence
  • Expanded network
  • Exposure to diverse perspectives
  • Giving and receiving feedback
Mentors encourages mentees to solve problems, use active listening techniques, and serve as a guide for corporate behaviour, values, and attitudes.




The Mackay Mentoring Network program supports current and aspiring managers and leaders of regional industries and local government to build a network of inspired leadership professionals and provides an opportunity for those involved to share and reflect on professional life in a confidential, non-judgemental environment.

The program allows mentees to explore their careers and skills, and provides opportunities for them to connect with like-minded people, through participation in a mutually beneficial developmental relationship.

Further, the mentoring program seeks to provide individuals with guidance and support to achieve their career goals and personal aspirations.

As a mentor or mentee, you will have a chance to meet and connect with other professionals in your industry. The goal is to build lasting connections and corporate partnerships that will benefit all parties involved.

This program is ideal for those looking to expand their network and make meaningful connections in the local region.

And to enable access to the mentoring program at a greater level for organisations there are streamlined costs for business.

So, we encourage you to register your interest and come with an open mind and a willingness to learn and share experiences.

As a mentor, contribute to the professional development of aspiring leaders within the Mackay region.

As a mentee, this is a great opportunity to gain valuable insight and knowledge from those who have been in your shoes and have successfully navigated the path to success.

Submit your details today and come ready to network and build lasting relationships. We look forward to seeing you as part of this year's mentoring program.


Benefits for mentees

  • Explore issues and concerns in a supportive relationship
  • Experienced guidance and support in the sustainability infrastructure industry
  • Learn from the real-life experience of others
  • Explore your career development plan
  • Receive feedback and developmental guidance
  • Network and to learn about effective networking


Benefits for mentors

  • Be recognised as a leader and use your years of experience to contribute back into the industry
  • Further enrich your mentoring and leadership skills
  • Gain intellectual challenges and new perspectives
  • Expand your professional network

This program is not about the mentor finding a job for the mentee or a guarantee of promotion.


Who Can Apply?

To join as a mentee, you must comply with the criteria:

  • Be a member or employee of: MacKay Regional Council, Resource Industry Network

To join as a mentor, you must comply with the criteria:

  • Have a desire to learn 
  • Actively seek and respond to feedback
  • Have a passion to support others learn and grow at their own pace. 
  • Have a passion to contribute to the professional development of aspiring leaders within the Mackay region
  • Ability to commit to the program and needs of your mentee 


What’s involved?

Mentees and mentors will be asked to complete a short application form to assess their eligibility for the program and to collect details about what they are looking for in a mentoring partner. 

Mentees will be asked questions about their background, and what they would like to achieve by working with a mentor. Mentors will be asked about the areas in which they feel comfortable mentoring. Please give as much information as you reasonably can as it will assist the matching process.



2024 Key Dates

February 26th - Applications Close

March 12th - Program Starts

March 19th - Launch Event 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Resources Centre of Excellence

July 23rd - Review Event 6pm - 7pm, Ocean International

October 22nd - Close Event 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Resources Centre of Excellence



For mentees, the cost is $400 ex GST. This includes access to all events and the Art of Mentoring platform for support resources.

There is no cost to mentors.





If you have any questions or wish to discuss any aspect of this opportunity, please contact Organisational Development Officer (Culture), Tennille Allen by email or telephone 4961 9955.

RIN members that have any questions or wish to discuss any aspect of this opportunity, please contact RIN general manager Dean Kirkwood at





The program is fully supported with training and support resources, and program events to ensure its participants are well supported. Each cohort will have additional activities included, tailored to the needs of the cohort to ensure individual development is supported during the program.