Country Education Foundation of Australia

Country Education Foundation of Australia

Education changes lives. And families. And communities.

The Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) is a not-for-profit charity with DGR 1 status. It began with one community foundation in Boorowa in 1993 and became a national organisation and incorporated entity in 2003. We support 44 volunteer-run foundations in rural and regional New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia.

CEF is a charitable, community-based organisation that assists rural and regional school leavers aged 16 – 25 years to access higher education. This is done primarily through local foundations awarding grants and providing community support and informal mentoring at a ‘grass-roots’ level. We believe the best support a young person can have is from their community. While financial help is part of this, the encouragement and investment in a young person’s confidence has an equal, if not greater, value.

We provide non-cash grants and various scholarships to young people to help with tertiary education, training, apprenticeships and job expenses. Grants are provided to the students through reimbursement upon production of receipt or direct to the supplier if the student cannot afford the upfront cost. CEF national office provides volunteer foundations with establishment seed funding, advice, governance and policy, ongoing support, resources and access to additional funding so they can focus on raising funds locally to create awareness in their communities and support local students.

The stories of some of these amazing students and what they have achieved with the support of their local foundations can be found here: ef-student-stories/


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Help Us Close The Gap

Regional and rural students are less likely to pursue education after high school. Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) assists rural an... Read More

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Living Away From Home Is Tough

Rural and regional students not only face the realities of university life, they also often have to move a long way from home, family and friends. ... Read More

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Our Volunteers Are Everything

CEF is a community-based model. It is not only financial assistance provided, but this community support that our recipients say is most important ... Read More

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Education Changes Lives

Rural and regional students are less likely to aspire to and undertake further education that city students. And when they do, it is far more expen... Read More

AUD $50

Life After School Can Be Confusing

Hearing from someone who has 'been there, done that' can make all the difference. Whether it is a chat about how to write an essay, or... Read More

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Textbooks Are Essential

No matter what course someone decides to undertake after high school, the significant cost of textbooks is almost certain. With an average textbook... Read More