Great post David!
I also know Academy Xi offer training courses prospective UXers may want to investigate too.
Where I work we are also continually evolving our on boarding and graduate programmes – this may be a factor worth consideration for new starters too.
The final section about giving back reminds me of the following quote
If you’ve done well, it’s your obligation to spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down.
Speaking from experience, I can vouch that the UX community in Melbourne is good like this. I’d encourage anybody reading to reach out and get involved.