This project addresses the ‘brain waste’ of far too many highly skilled and qualified people in our society who are doing casual or menial work, but not working to their full potential in their profession. This is not of benefit to them, their families, or Australian society.

The Mentor Program supports migrants and refugees who have professional qualifications, functional English and are committed to working and living permanently in Australia.

Participants are matched with volunteer mentors from their profession. Mentors offer individualised support including job seeking strategies such as resume writing, interview skills, professional networking, and insights into Australian work culture.

Without this personal guidance many individuals can struggle to settle effectively in the community. Volunteer mentors are provided the opportunity to effect positive change, participate in cultural exchange and promote cultural diversity in their workplaces.

The Mentor Program continues to promote social inclusion, creating employment pathways and easing the transition of professionally skilled migrants and refugees into life and work in Australia.