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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.”

The Australian – Tristan leads the way, carrying family's dreams

AIEF Scholar Tristan from Lockhart River in Cape York is about to become the first person in his family to finish Year 12. His achievements have inspired his little brother Paddy, now in Year 9, to pursue his education alongside his brother at St Joseph's Nudgee College in Brisbane.

​Alan Joyce: education is one of the most powerful tools to create opportunities for Indigenous Australians

As CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce sees they power of education in his workforce every day. He says it has played a vital role in his own life and that Qantas is proud to support AIEF, an organisation which recognises the power of education to create opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

The Australian – $1.5bn scheme failing on jobs

AIEF CEO Andrew Penfold comments on the results of the Remote Jobs and Communities Program.

The Weekend Australian – Making a difference in Indigenous education

Andrew Penfold writes that existing incentive schemes for teachers in remote Indigenous schools which encourage teachers to "serve time" should be changed to attract quality teaching and offer career advancement opportunities for teachers who achieve results.

John Eales: AIEF is ensuring equal opportunity in Australia through education

John Eales AM believes education is an equaliser in society and a gateway to opportunity. In The Weekend Australian he says that he supports AIEF “because through education, they are ensuring equal opportunity in Australia”.

The Australian – Trailblazers going places

The Australian profiles five AIEF Scholars from east Arnhem Land whose traliblazing efforts The Scots College in Sydney have made them a source of inspiration for their communities.

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Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
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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.