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Mentor Program

QELA Mentor Program

The QELA Mentor Program aims to support early career professionals engaged in planning and environmental law as they navigate their career, and assist and encourage those aspiring to reach senior professional or leadership positions.

The Program pairs an early career professional with a more experienced professional who can provide advice and support.

Participation is open to all professions engaged in planning and environmental law in Queensland, including but not limited to lawyers, barristers, town planners, environmental consultants, engineers, property valuers, and government officers.



  • Mentees should be early career professionals with less than five years experience.
  • Mentees may also be university students, in their final year of study.
  • Mentees may be ‘change of career’ professionals who have undertaken new or further study in a planning and environmental law profession, and are embarking on their career in a planning and environmental law professions.
  • Mentees must have willingness to initiate meetings and seek input from their mentor.
  • Mentees must be current financial members of QELA.



All details on eligibility and requirements for participation are provided in the Mentor Program Handbook.  

Download the Mentor Program Handbook here.

Complete the Mentee Application Form here.

Applications close 9 February 2024.

The cost for the 2024 program is $200 inc GST. This includes two networking functions. 



  • Access to neutral sounding board outside you own organisation;
  • Increase skills and knowledge;
  • Guidance on professional development and advancement;
  • Increase confidence;
  • Extend professional network; and
  • Challenge perceptions and exposure to new ways of thinking.


12 December 2024

Applications Open.

9 February 2024


Applications Close.

QELA Mentor Committee pair applicants.

6 March 2024


Mentor / Mentee Meet and Greet Event. Held in Brisbane and regional cities as necessary.


March 2024


July 2024


Mentees and mentors meet at least once per month.   Coordination of meetings the responsibility of pairs. 


10 July 2024


Mid program networking event


July 2024


November 2024


Mentees and mentors meet at least once per month. Coordination of meetings the responsibility of pairs.

Early December 2024


Program wrap up. 

QELA debrief and feedback sessions with participants



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