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There is no gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians who are well educated

A new AIEF campaign in The Australian highlights the fact that motivates AIEF’s work – there is no gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians who are well educated. With the launch of the AIEF Compendium of best practice for achieving successful outcomes with Indigenous students in Australian boarding schools, produced with the support of HSBC Bank, AIEF aims to equip schools across the country with the expertise of educators with a track record of success in Indigenous education.

The Weekend Australian – Indigenous education program to build sustainable careers

In the lead up to the launch of the AIEF Compendium, Andrew Penfold explains how the Compendium can assist schools around the country to achieve better outcomes with thousands more students than the 7,000 AIEF aims to support through its programs.

The Australian – Mining career a blast for scholarship winner Tim Hill

The Australian profiles Tim Hill, who is graduating from the University of Sydney with degrees in Engineering and Commerce after completing his studies last year on an AIEF-BHP Billiton Tertiary Scholarship. Tim is the first student to graduate on the scholarship, which is awarded to outstanding Indigenous students studying engineering and other mining-related degrees, and the first to successfully apply to BHP Billiton’s Graduate Program, which aims to develop BHP Billiton’s future leaders and technical experts.

Occasional address by Andrew Penfold AM – UTS Law graduation ceremony

AIEF Executive Director and UTS Alum Andrew Penfold’s address at the UTS Law graduation ceremony, 30 April 2015.

The Australian – Brindabella provides platform for kids who harbour hope

AIEF Scholarship Students and Alumni enjoyed a sunset sail on Sydney to Hobart yacht race winner Brindabella thanks to AIEF Corporate Partner KPMG.

The Australian – Ignorance rules as debate rages on homelands

An editorial in The Australian says AIEF Scholarships enable Indigenous children to take advantage of the full range of opportunities available in Australia today.

The Australian – Recognition, land ‘first steps’ to reconciliation

On the seventh anniversary of the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, AIEF Alum Phillip reflects on the significance of the Apology and calls for recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.

The Australian Women’s Weekly – Crusaders in the boardroom

AIEF Ambassadors Sir Ralph Norris, John Eales AM, Mark Arbib and John Hartigan on why they support AIEF.

The Australian – Closing the gap, much yet to do

An editorial in The Australian says the latest edition of the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report highlights the effectiveness of programs developed by communities and says that such initiatives, as well as the work of non-government organisations like AIEF “should continue for as long as it takes” to ensure Indigenous Australians “enjoy the prosperity and opportunities other Australians take for granted”

​Helen McCabe: AIEF is providing life changing opportunities to a generation of indigenous children

Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly Helen McCabe says that attending boarding school changed her life and introduced her to a whole new world of learning. In The Weekend Australian she says she is proud to support AIEF’s efforts to provide the same opportunities to a generation of Indigenous children.

David Gonski AC: AIEF is dedicated to bringing great education within reach of young Indigenous Australians

David Gonski AC says that education can have impact not only on a family, but in the wider community, and that he believes strongly in the work of AIEF, “an organisation dedicated to bringing great education opportunities within the reach of young Indigenous Australians”.

Jennifer Byrne: I’m backing AIEF to keep opening doors for young Indigenous Australians

Journalist and broadcaster Jennifer Byrne says her education led to opportunities that have shaped the course of her life. In The Weekend Australian she says she’s backing AIEF to create opportunities “so young Indigenous Australians can keep kicking their own goals.”

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The encouragement and leadership provided by AIEF and its visionary establishment in 2008 has been a great investment in our nation.

Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Patron, AIEF


The AIEF Scholarship Program and the AIEF Pathways Program are supported by the Australian Government in collaboration with individual, philanthropic and corporate supporters from the private sector.