WELCOME TO WOOLWISE, THE WEBSITE FOR THE AUSTRALIAN WOOL EDUCATION TRUST

Woolwise.com is a resource for educators, researchers, consultants, students and other stakeholders in the wool industry. It was established using funds provided by the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Premium Quality Wool and the former AWTA Ltd Wool Education Trust.

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AWET Annual Reports

The Trust produces a summary report of its activities each year. These reports are intended to advise the organisations responsible for the appointment of Trustees about the Trust’s activities during the calendar year. Copies can be downloaded using the links below.

From 2003 to 2012 these are based on calendar years. From 2012/13 each report is for the financial year and includes the Report, Financial Statements and Auditors Report.

AWET’s 2015/16 Annual Report is available now.

AWI Learn About Wool Website

Australian Wool Innovation has developed, in conjunction with Australian teachers, the LEARN ABOUT WOOL website .

This flexible and interactive range of resources can be easily incorporated into everyday classroom activities and support the development of students in line with curriculum guidelines across key content areas, including science, history, geography, design and technologies, and business and economics.

The Livestock Library

It provides one-stop access to a wide range of Australian research publications, conference proceedings and reports on sheep and cattle research.

Benefits:
  • Immediate on-line access to over 60,000 full text publications relating to sheep and beef production;
  • Access to abstracts where the full text is not immediately available due to copyright;
  • Key word search capability.

There are over 24,000 full text documents available through the Livestock Library Research Database. Most of these resources are conference papers or journal articles. The serial titles held by the Livestock Library are complete, starting with the first published issue of every title. In addition, a federated search capability allows users to simultaneously search the websites of all state Departments of Agriculture and Primary Industries, AWI and MLA and the Livestock Library Research Database, providing immediate access to over 60,000 full text publications relating to sheep and beef production.

Woolwise Overview

Woolwise provides access to resource material developed  using funding provided by the Australian Wool Education Trust, or by the Trust in collaboration with other parties.

It is a repository for educational material developed by the Premium Quality Wool Co-operative Research Centre (CRC), which commenced in 1993 and wound up its activities in 2000,  for the Wool and Sheep Industry CRC, which commenced in 2001 and wound up in 2008, and for the Australian Wool Textile Training Centre, in 2006 and 2007.

Woolwise was originally developed, using funding provided by the then AWTA Ltd Wool Education Trust, to provide an online presence for the Premium Quality Wool CRC while it was operating, but also to provide access to the educational material produced by the CRC.

When the CRC terminated the site ownership reverted to the Australian Wool Education Trust

The original website developed by the CRC for Premium Quality Wool has been retained within the current site in order to preserve the history of Woolwise and to acknowledge the people responsible for its creation.

The core parties of the Sheep CRC transferred ownership of the educational IP produced by the CRC to AWET in 2008. These materials are now available from AWET via Woolwise subject to specific conditions of use.

The Australian Wool Education Trust was established in 1998 by the Australian Wool Testing Authority Ltd. The Trust owns and manages Woolwise

As a result of this transfer the educational material provided on Woolwise extends beyond wool production, processing and marketing to include other aspects of the sheep industry. such as sheep meat production, genetics and sustainable land management.

The Trust has licenced this educational IP to the University of New England (UNE). It is the basis of a number of wool and sheep units delivered by UNE. This arrangement is unique for agricultural education in Australia. The courses are offered in external mode to students enrolled in UNE and other Universities within Australia. This “hub and spoke” model for education about wool and sheep recognises that it is difficult for any one University to maintain sufficient student numbers to justify such specialised courses within their Agricultural Science Degrees.

To facilitate the delivery of these units the Trust provides funds to:

• Support the delivery of the educational modules

• Provide scholarships at the undergraduate and 4th year level

• Subsidise the cost of travel incurred by external students attending workshops at UNE

• Compensate external Universities for any loss of revenue as a consequence of their students enrolling in the wool courses delivered by UNE.

Other Activities of the Australian Wool Education Trust

In addition to managing the resources developed by both CRC’s the Trust provides funding for a range of activities such as:

  • Education programs for wool industry participants;
  • Development of education programs about the Australian Wool Industry within primary and secondary schools;
  • Scholarships for students undergoing wool education within the VET sector; and
  • Grants to students in Fashion Schools.