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Building Great Australian Lives

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. We have launched a new campaign promoting the importance of our vibrant, inclusive and high-quality public schools to the community.


Refugee Storytelling Scholarship Launched

Storytelling Scholarship Launched to Encourage Greater Understanding of the Refugee Experience Today we launch an exciting new tertiary scholarship, the Australia for UNHCR Beddie Scholarship. This scholarship is for a refugee intending to pursue a career in the creative industries. It will support study at the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio [...]

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Celebrating Achievements in Public Education: 1000th Scholar Recognised

15 May 2019 This evening the Public Education Foundation (PEF) will celebrate the achievements of students, teachers and principals in public schools across Australia at the Annual Proudly Public Awards Ceremony at Sydney Town Hall. Since the inception of PEF’s scholarships program 10 years ago, over 1,000 students have been supported [...]

We are delighted to announce that @misterwootube, mathematics rockstar, community leader & innovative educator will be delivering the Lachlan Macquarie Lecture at #OutThere19. Watch him live on stage on 2 July. Click here to register & view our program

We’ve moved! @PEFOZ is now located in the sleek new @NSWEducation offices in Parramatta. Thanks to the moving team who seem to have thought of everything incl. Keep Cups and welcome chocolate. It’s good to be here!

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We're committed to helping break the cycle of educational disadvantage by supporting students in Australia’s public education system. You could help some like Tara, one of this year's tertiary transition scholarship students. Tara is hearing impaired but this hasn't stopped her pursuing her dream of studying at Sydney's Conservatorium of Music.
Watch to learn more about Tara's inspiring story.
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The Public Education Foundation is supported by the NSW Department of Education in collaboration with schools, communities, philanthropic, individual and private sector supporters.