Public Schools. Building Great Australian Lives.

Then. Now. Always.

About Public Education Foundation

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) 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. PEF is supported by Departments of Education across Australia and works in collaboration with individuals, schools, communities, the private sector and government agencies to help students achieve their full potential.

We believe that education has the power to change lives and transform communities. Help us support excellence and opportunity in public education and shape a strong, better future for Australians.

About the campaign

This campaign has been developed to promote public education as the cornerstone of Australian society. By focusing on the reflections of great Australians as they talk about their public education, the campaign aims to shine a light on the core values enshrined of our public education system.

These core values – excellence, inclusion, diversity, fairness, equity, opportunity – will be emphasised over the course of the campaign rollout.

This campaign helps raise awareness and instill confidence in parents and the community that Australian Public Schools were, are and always will provide a vibrant, inclusive and high quality education to all Australians.

We aim to amplify this message all over Australia to start conversations on social media which raises community awareness of the importance of Public Schools as a cornerstone to a thriving democracy and a fantastic place to get an education in Australia.
Official Campaign Hashtags

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the NSW Teachers Federation towards this campaign, and offer a special thanks to the NSW Department of Education for providing school locations, and the Arts Unit who lined up the student actors.

Facebook tags: @NSWTeachersFederation and @NSWDepartmentofEducation
Twitter handles: @TeachersFed and @NSWEducation
For more information please contact: David Riordan, Public Education Foundation Tel: 02 7814 2806 I Email:

3 Champions

Adam Hills

Jennifer Robinson

Jeremy Fernandez

3 Champions

Proudly public award-winning actor Deborah Mailman AM

Three -time Paralymic Gold Medalist Kurt Fearnley

Journalist, book author and news presenter Juanita Phillips

Building Great Australian Lives

The Hon. Michael Kirby

Professor Larissa Behrendt

Craig Reucassel