AWET grant recipient wins a prestigious prize.

Hannah Tan, a student at UTS and one of the recipients of the 2016 AWET fashion student grant, won the Australian Fashion Fund Scholarship/Internship Prize for 2016/2017, with the collection facilitated by the Trust’s grant.

Winners of the Prize receive a USD$20,000 grant and a 6-month internship with a global fashion powerhouse in New York City or Europe, and most likely Hannah will intern at Calvin Klein.

The Australian Wool Education Trust Grant 2016, alongside ongoing support from The Woolmark Company, has been invaluable throughout my Honours experience. It was not only the financial aid that assisted in building the collection, but also the wealth of knowledge and advice from members of the company. It has truly been a great honour to have received the grant, creating visibility and success for my work.

View Hannah’s Collection here.

Share this article was originally developed as a resource for educators, researchers, consultants, students and other stakeholders in the wool industry.

The range of devices used to visit websites has increased. Most people use PC’s, tablets and phones for this purpose. However, for this to work successfully a website must be “responsive”. This means designing it so it can be satisfactorily rendered on all these devices. A major renovation of the site to make it responsive has been completed, and a fresh new look created, using the services of Woolwise’s web hosting provider, MindVision.

The new site has been tested on Apple and Android tablets and phones. It is recommended that for optimum performance you use the native browser for these devices, rather than a secondary browser such as Firefox.

The bulk of the Trust’s educational materials are not distributed via Woolwise. They are distributed via DVD. This is expensive and in any event this medium is becoming redundant as the capacity for web based distribution systems increases.  Consequently, all of the Trust’s materials will be progressively migrated to the new Woolwise and made available via the internet.

Some of these materials are subject to licence agreements so the new site incorporates a registration and log-in system for licence holders. This is not available in the first release of the new site, but will be available once the licenced materials are uploaded to the site.

In the meantime explore and discover the new materials and features now available in this initial release. In particular these include:

  • An enhanced display of  News on the home page.
  • The ability to browse past News items.
  • The ability to categorise News Items.
  • A section covering the Trust’s funding activities with Fashion Schools and the outcomes.
  • Access to a more extensive range of AWTCC materials.
  • Enhanced access to VET materials created by the second Sheep CRC.
  • Links to AWI’s Learn About Wool site.
  • A built in Contact system.
  • Enhanced information about AWET.
  • An always available direct link to AWET’s Facebook page.

The “Woolwise Origins” menu includes most of the information from the original Woolwise site, albeit reformatted. This has been retained to acknowledge the work by the first CRC and its team, in establishing the site and some of the materials created by the CRC. The primary resources, the educational PPT files associated with each of the CRC’s programs, are available in the Educational Resources menu.

Additional features are planned for the site in the future.

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AWET provides scholarships for students attending VET colleges, studying wool and sheep.

Three of these scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in Tocal College, NSW

The scholarships for 2017 were awarded to Jack Finch, Meg Crouch and Kate Blair-Hickman.

Each VET scholarship is for a period of one year and is valued at $3000.

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AWET is extending its educational investments to include Fashion Design Students

In 2016 the Australian Wool Education Trust funded a pilot project for Fashion Design Students. This project will provide funding for students to purchase wool fabrics for their final year collections.

For the pilot project the criteria for administering and directing the grants are:

  1. AWET will support a fixed number of grants for Fashion Design Institute students to a maximum cost of $50,000 per annum.
  2. The grants will be available to final year students from 3 and/or 4-year Degrees.
  3. The quantum will be fixed at $1,500 for a final year student in a 3-year degree and $2,000 for a final year student in a 4-year degree.
  4. The scholarships are intended to assist successful candidates in sourcing and purchasing wool fabric for inclusion in their final year looks/outfits/ranges.
  5. Each grant is contingent on having 80% wool content in the base fabric.
  6. AWET will decide how many grants are to be available for each Institute, using enrolment numbers as a basis, and it will not be involved in administration.
  7. Each Institute will be responsible for advertising the grants and selecting candidates, based on the following criteria:
    • academic achievement or other related performance measures used by the institute;
    • commitment to producing a final year range incorporating the minimum percentage of wool required, with other fibres able to be used in conjunction with the wool component, within garments and/or in separate garments; and
    • the names and contact details being sent to AWET, as soon as possible after selection of successful candidates.
  8. Once completed, each Institute will arrange for AWET to receive a digitised version of their students’ designs/story boards, together with a description of the selected fabrics, plus an invoice for the total grants awarded.
  9. AWET will pay the funds to each Institute for distribution to their candidates.
  10. Upon completion of their looks/outfits, students will send digital images to AWET that may be published on AWET’s website and shared with AWI.

Initially 25 grants were provided for 2016, allocated to RMIT, Whitehouse Design, UTS, QUT, TAFE SA and Curtin University.

Following a review of the pilot program the Trustees decided to extend it into 2017, with the same number of grants and the same institutions.

The work of some of the grant recipients can be seen here.

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AWET has been funding scholarships for Honours and Masters by Coursework students since 2008.

These scholarships are intended to assist the applicants in funding their research project. Commencing 2017 the value of each scholarship was increased from $6000 to $7000.

The following students have been successful in their applications for Undergraduate Project and Masters by Course Work scholarships in 2017.


  • Amy Bowden
  • Chad Averill
  • Lydia Inglis


  • Alexander Clancy
  • Alyssa Woodland
  • Anna Cooper
  • Augustus Jacobs
  • Bethan Arthur
  • Kiri Farmer
  • Max Lloyd
  • Nicole Newsome (Masters by Coursework)
  • Philippa Bruce


  • Heather Earney
  • Sarah Duffield


  • Hediyeh Tahghighi (Masters by Coursework)

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Mr David Ward has retired as Chairman and Trustee for the Australian Wool Education Trust, effective 1st December 2016.

The AWTA Ltd Board has nominated Mr Gordon Dickinson as the replacement Trustee for David, effective 1st December, 2016.

At their meeting on 26th October, 2016 the Trustees appointed Mr Brian van Rooyen (pictured) as Chairman, effective 1st December, 2016. Brian is chairman of Australian Country Spinners and a former director of AWI.

The Trustees moved a vote of thanks for David’s contribution to the Trust over his 19 years of service as a founding Trustee and Chairman. David initiated and was responsible for the formation of the Trust by his recommendation for AWTA Ltd to commit $3.0 million of unappropriated profit to ensure the availability of tertiary sheep & wool education in Australia.

Furthermore, David was instrumental in encouraging AWI’s decision to contribute $4.0 million to the Trust. As Chairman he provided effective leadership of the activities of the Trust.

I am sure you will join with me and the other Trustees to thank him for his commitment and contribution to the Trust and to Sheep & Wool Education in Australia.

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Alastair Mackenzie Scholarship

Each year Marcus Oldham College, in Geelong, calls for applications for a range of agricultural scholarships.

For applicants interested in a career in the Sheep and Wool industry the appropriate scholarship is the Alastair Mackenzie Scholarship, valued at $15000.

AWET ($10000) and WISS ($5000) co-sponsor this scholarship.

The successful applicant for 2017 is Georgia Buchholz. Georgia has a passion for farming, particularly in sheep and wool.She was born and raised on a sheep and cropping property south of Skipton, Victoria. This background helped her develop an understanding of the fundamentals of quality expectations the industry demands and how this can be achieved. Her passion for wool has grown over the past 5 years and she has taken every opportunity learn about the industry within her schooling and her work on the family farm.

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AWET and Industry participants co-fund a number of undergraduate scholarships at UNE.

Australian Wool Education Trust provides undergraduate scholarships, each valued at $6000/year, for students interested in a career within the wool industry and who are currently studying an agricultural based degree. The Scholarships are available to suitable applicants from any University. The Scholarships are co-funded by industry organizations who also help provide unique work experience opportunities.

Current industry co-sponsors include:

The students undertake their studies via the University of New England.



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