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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.

Ann Sherry: AIEF opens doors to opportunity for young Indigenous Australians

Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry AO describes education as life changing – an experience that has changed her own life and the lives of others. In The Weekend Australian, she says AIEF is creating life changing experiences for young Indigenous Australians.

Ian Narev: I have seen first-hand the wonderful impact that AIEF has on the lives of so many people

Ian Narev says that the opportunity to receive a high quality education should be available to all Australians. In The Weekend Australian the Commonwealth Bank CEO says that “as an Ambassador for AIEF, I have seen first-hand the wonderful impact that AIEF has on the lives of so many people”.

Media Release: AIEF announces Governor-General as Patron-in-Chief

AIEF is honoured to announce the appointment of the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), as its new Patron-in-Chief.

The Australian – Scholarships open clearer path through life

On the eve of graduation, Year 12 AIEF Scholarship Students James and Zieha speak to The Australian about their boarding school journeys and their dreams for the future.

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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.