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The Order of Australia Association Foundation
Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, PARKES ACT 2600

Talented young people need your help.

The Order of Australia Association Foundation is supporting the next generation of leaders by helping promising  young Australians from all walks of life to achieve their potential.

Each year the Foundation awards Prizes to young citizens in their early years of post-secondary vocational training. Selected applicants must have shown potential as :

  • Future leaders in their vocational training and in community involvement;
  • Greatly benefiting from financial assistance as they complete their studies; and
  • Being assessed as highly likely to gain significantly from the guidance of suitably experienced volunteer mentors from The Order of Australia Association who will have appropriate expertise and experience in the vocational field chosen by a prize winner.

How to Apply

Applicants for The Order of Australia Association Foundation Prizes:

  • Will be aged between 18 and 25 but, in exceptional circumstances, some may be considered up to 27 years of age,
  • Will have demonstrated qualities of leadership, initiative and a willingness to be involved in community affairs,
  • Must have completed one year of post-secondary vocational training or study and achieved good results,
  • Must expect to proceed to a second year of full time study/training,
  • Must be assessed that the Prize award would benefit the community.

The selection of prize winners is required to be by the designated tertiary institutions to comply with taxation law.  The designated tertiary institutions for a particular year will call for applications from their students.  To the end of 2005, The Order of Australia Association Foundation has facilitated, through tertiary institutions, bursary-prizes to eight recipients at Universities in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.

The Order of Australia Association Foundation prize has two significant features.  Recipients receive:

  • A Prize of $40,000 which may be split between student fees and other benefits,
  • An introduction to and a working relationship with an eminent volunteer mentor from the membership of The Order of Australia Association having sound background experience in the awardees’ chosen field of study.



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