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The Public Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing scholarships to young people in public education and enhancing the value and reputation of public schools.

The Foundation works in collaboration with schools, communities, unions, business and government to help students achieve their full potential and support teaching and learning excellence in the public education system.



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Our life-changing  scholarships help students overcome barriers to achievement created by social and economic disadvantage. We also reward academic achievement in our public schools.

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There are many ways you can help the Public Education Foundation to assist young people in public education. Your support can change a student’s life and help them realise their full potential.

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Our media releases, news articles and resource links highlight the value of public education and contribute to education-related debates and discussions.

Exceptional Leadership Skills Recognised with Harvard Principals Scholarship

The Public Education Foundation, Teachers Mutual Bank and the Harvard Club of Australia are honoured to announce the recipients of the 2021 Principals Scholarships. The three outstanding principals will undertake a professional education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that is specifically designed to strengthen the skills of educational leaders. [...]

New Early Childhood Funding Welcome, but Budget Misses Opportunities for Education

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) welcomes a major new commitment to early childhood education and care (ECEC) in the 2021 Federal Budget, as well as additional commitments to TAFE. However, the Budget misses critical opportunities to level the playing field for public schools and reduces critical funding for universities while diverting funding [...]

Last day of Term 3 – a Term like no other!
To all @teachersfed members – stay safe, rest, recharge.
Term 4 awaits, as does our campaign to achieve the salaries and conditions you deserve, and the profession needs.

Thanks @CassieMcGannon! Donations enable @PEFOZ to make things even slightly better for these students – a laptop would make a world of difference! Majority of scholarship applicants come from families experiencing financial hardship.

Cassie McGannon@CassieMcGannon

@lauramoates If people are willing and able to help with this, I know that @PEFOZ @davidheth are fundraising for laptops for school students in need. They have a supplier organised and a pool of students identified, just need the funds

Deadline for scholarship application is extended until 19 October.
Visit for details. @aeusa @AEUVictoria @AEUACT @aeutasmania @AEUfederal @TeachersFed @LilaMularczyk @HaskettsHSC @nswppa @NSWSPC @NSW_DPs @nswsdpa

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Deadline for scholarship application is extended until 19 October!PEF is aware that some students in locked-down areas are having difficulties accessing technology and sourcing references, and that principals are under an enormous strain co-ordinating staff, maintaining safe practices within their schools and keeping abreast of the regular changes to face-to-face learning requirements.Visit our website for details and to apply ... See MoreSee Less
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The Phillips Brothers Foundation Victorian Primary scholarship offers scholarships for primary-school students entering year 5 in 2022.The Phillips Foundation is a private ancillary fund started in 2017 by Anthony and Liz Phillips – founders of Camp Australia – that actively supports charitable organisations and projects around the world to deliver holistic education opportunities to remote or disadvantaged communities.This scholarship is aimed at students whose financial situation could prevent them from achieving their potential or participating fully in all aspects of primary school.There are up to 10 scholarships available for Victorian students going into Year 5 in 2022. The scholarship will provide financial support of $1,000 per year in year 5 and year 6 for each student (total scholarship value is $2,000 per student).Visit our website for all scholarship opportunities for primary and secondary students in public schools in Australia. Deadline for application is 19 October. ... See MoreSee Less
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BRING out your art supplies! JOIN our 2021 Holiday Greeting Card Design Competition. The theme for this year is - - "What I love about the holidays!" We’re looking forward to receiving entries from public school students all over Australia. Winning entries will have their design printed as our 2021 holiday greeting card. The card will include the student's name and the name of the school. Each winning participant will receive 25 printed cards, and their school will receive 100 cards of the student's design.Visit our website for the guidelines and how to submit your entries. Please spread the word and share this post in your social media! ... See MoreSee Less
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The Public Education Foundation is supported by a wide range of government, philanthropic, and private sector partners as well as individual donors. We thank them for their generosity.

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