Former mentee Alysia (left) with Minister for Women, Regional Health and Mental Health and Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals, Bronnie Taylor (right).

“This was one of the first events I participated in with the NSW Nationals and, while I didn’t realise it at the time, this program really changed the direction of my career and was the catalyst for my passion for politics… My mentorship has opened up so many opportunities for me and in addition to my career, I’ve found a home with the NSW Nationals.”


Alysia Smith, 2017 Mentee

NSW Nationals Women’s Council is proud to open applications for the Emerging Leaders Mentoring Program for 2022. The program will invite five young women to experience life in the NSW Parliament. A program held in Sydney in September, coupled with an ongoing relationship with their mentor, will allow successful applicants to realise that there are many pathways available to them within the Party, from both a parliamentary and organisational point of view.

All mentees will be invited to attend a day long program at NSW Parliament House where they will tour Parliament House, Government House, observe question time and hear from  a variety of speakers which may include current MPs, former MPs and NSW Nationals executive members. The mentees will also have time the following day with their individual mentor. Following the September program, it will be up to the mentor and mentee to establish a relationship if they so choose.

Travel to Sydney and accommodation for the program will be covered by the NSW Nationals Women’s Council.

  • The Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC
    • Minister for Women, Minister for Regional Health, and Minister for Mental Health
    • Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals
  • The Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC
    • Minister for Education and Early Learning
    • Leader of the NSW Nationals in the Legislative Council
  • The Hon. Steph Cooke MP
    • Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience, and Minister for Flood Recovery
    • Member for Cootamundra
  • The Hon. Mel Pavey MP
    • Parliamentary Secretary for Stronger Communities and Families, and the North Coast
    • Member for Oxley
  • Nichole Overall MP
    • Member for Monaro

The Women’s Council and the Young Nationals invite MPs, Central Councillors and Party members to encourage local women to apply.

Submit an Expression of Interest for the Emerging Leaders Mentoring Program below.

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  1. Applicants must be on the Australian Electoral Roll.
  2. Political staffers and interns are not eligible.
  3. Applications will be accepted no later than Sunday 15 August 2022.
  4. The successful applicants will be announced Friday 19 August 2022.
  5. All applicants must be available to be in Sydney on 21 and 22 September 2022.