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ACAA's mission is committed to promoting and facilitating access to the built environment for all.

One of the objects is to “…contribute to the continuing professional development of members…” with mentoring playing a pivotal role.

Wikipedia defines mentorship as “a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced, or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but she or he must have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn…

The person in receipt of mentorship may be referred to as a protégé (male), a protégée (female), an apprentice or, in the 2000s, a mentee.”

Whatever noun you wish to identify with is acceptable to ACAA.

Program Objectives

ACAA is keen to support growth in the access consultancy profession.

To achieve this objective ACAA needs the support of senior consultants with knowledge and experience in the field to impart their wisdom to those keen to learn more and hand over the baton for succession planning.

Whilst ACAA encourages more junior access consultant and members of ACAA to participate in the Mentoring Program, it is not compulsory. ACAA will endeavour to support members keen to learn more and be more active in the industry by trying to match them with a suitable mentor.

The main object of the Mentoring Program is to facilitate more experienced and senior members of ACAA to nominate themselves as Mentors/Senior Counsellors.

The object is for the Mentee to:

  • document the time and scope of service they are being mentored in, by keeping an Activity Log, signed by the Mentor/Senior Counsellor.
  • gain sufficient knowledge and experience to consider applying for accredited membership of ACAA.
  • have the Mentor/Senior Counsellor be willing to propose and support an application by the Mentee to upgrade to an accredited membership.

Code of Conduct

As with any professional relationship, pertinent ACAA policies and procedures, e.g. Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct and other statutory laws must be obeyed at all times

Mentoring Policy and Guidelines

Any arrangement entered into between the Mentor/Senior Counsellor and Mentee is between both parties.

ACAA accepts no responsibility to be an intermediary to define the scope of service, resolve any disputes, etc.

The Mentor may decide to charge a fee for service, pro-bono, ex-gratia, or some other mutually agreeable scope of service.

The ACAA Mentoring Program Policy and Mentoring Program Guidelines define the scope and arrangement between both parties.

The Mentoring Program can be as formal or informal as agreed to by both parties.

Register for the program

ACAA is seeking expressions of interest from members to register themselves as a Mentor/Senior Counsellor or as an Mentee or both (experienced mentors may still want to learn new skills for experts in other fields).

To Register as a Mentor or Mentee

  1. Login to the ACAA website
  2. Go to edit your profile
  3. Update your profile and business profile with the latest information
  4. Choose the ACAA Mentor Program tab or ACAA Mentee Program tab (or both) and indicate your wish to join one or both programs
  5. Accept the terms and conditions for either or both programs
  6. Fill out your areas of service for one or both programs

Finding a Mentor/Mentee

ACAA will upon request try to match Mentors/Senior Counsellors with members seeking mentoring matching the scope of service identified at registration.

ACAA encourages those seeking mentoring to take an active role themselves to try an identify a suitable mentor.

This can be done by using the ACAA Mentor Directory or the ACAA Mentee Directory on this site or by attending State Access Consultant Network Meetings, ACAA conferences and other associated events.

Register an Agreement

Once you have found a mentor or mentee and come to an arrangement with them, you are required to register a written agreement with ACAA by uploading it here

After they are uploaded our system will send the Secretary an email to review the document and after review, the document will be assigned to bo the mentor and mentee so that both can access it at any time for review

Upload a quarterly report

Mentees are required to document the time and scope of service they are being mentored in, by keeping an Activity Log, signed by the Mentor/Senior Counsellor.

These logs are to be lodged quarterly with ACAA by uploading them here. Other reports regarding mentoring may also be uploaded via this link.

After they are uploaded our system will send the Secretary an email to review the document and after review, the document will be assigned to bo the mentor and mentee so that both can access it at any time for review

Review or download your documents

If you should need to review or download your documents at any time, you may do so here.