2021 Mentors – NSW and WA


About the role

As Mentor, your role will be to assist and occasionally lead a range of activities related to developing students’ confidence, increasing their resilience and raising their expectations by drawing on your own experience in high school, University and work to act as a positive role model for students.

On a practical level, you will:

  • Attend pre-camp curriculum development workshop
  • Pre-camp briefs
  • Participate in camp debriefs
  • Stay on-site for the duration of camp
  • Attend and / or deliver lessons and workshops during camp
  • Share knowledge of culture and cultural protocols as appropriate during camp
  • Attend three residential academic camps per year

Working with Aurora

You will join the team as an employee on a casual basis and we will pay you on a daily or hourly rate.  This means that you will need to:

  • Obtain a paid Working with Children Check before you do any work 
  • Sign a contract of employment with the Aurora Education Foundation
  • Provide four identity documents to obtain your Police Check
  • Provide us with a tax file declaration, superannuation, and bank details
  • Submit timesheets to the Elder and Mentor Engagement Coordinator 

Camp Dates 2021

Western Sydney NSW Camp Dates

Camp 1 – Sunday 11 to Friday 16 April

Camp 2 – Saturday 26 June to Friday 2 July

Camp 3 – Saturday 18 to Thursday 23 September

Western Australia Camp Dates

Camp 1 – Tuesday 6 to Monday 12 April

Camp 2 – Sunday 11 to Saturday 17 July

Camp 3 – Tuesday 28 September to Monday 4 October


Selection criteria

  • To be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement of this role under Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) or under Clause 50 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA).
  • A demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, organisations, histories, and the strengths and issues facing Indigenous people in Australia meeting their aspirations. 
  • Availability to attend compulsory training and curriculum development workshops before camps or other activities.
  • Ability to commit for up to 30 days (including overnight stays post COVID) per academic year*
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work and engage with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students, Elders, and other stakeholders.
  • A willingness to work as part of a team to achieve Program outcomes.
  • Willingness to obtain a paid Working with Children Check and National Criminal record Check.
  • Desirable: 
  • Current First Aid Certificate and Youth Mental Health First Aid 
  • Progression towards a vocational qualification or tertiary qualification 

*Commitment includes:

  1. Supplying or applying for a paid WWC check prior to commencing your first camp
  2. Providing Aurora with the following documentation for your Police Check: 
  • one commencement of identity document (Birth certificate or Passport)
  • one primary use in the community document (Driver license, proof of age card, marriage certificate)
  • two secondary use in the community documents (Bank card, credit card, University Student ID, Medicare card) 
  1. Attending induction and training programs (five days in total across the year, in addition to camps) 
  2. Submitting a timesheet upon completion of training, camps, or workshops you attend
  3. Spending up to two days on curriculum development and event preparation prior to each camp (8 weeks and 4 weeks out from camp).
  4. Attending one of the three week long camps in your area (if deemed COVID safe).
  5. 2 – 3 days of extra activity curriculum planning/debriefing.