What We're About
The Australian Overseas Foundation (AOF) is a non-profit organisation providing awards to travel and work overseas for Australians between the ages of 21 and 34, who have completed a trade apprenticeship or vocational traineeship to Certificate Level III.
To be the peak provider of overseas awards to outstanding young vocationally trained Australians, in order to develop their leadership skills, and increase their knowledge and experience that is subsequently reinvested in Australia.
The AOF’s goal is to identify outstanding young vocationally-trained Australians, and through its awards, help develop their leadership skills, and increase their knowledge and experience that is subsequently reinvested in Australian industry on their return.
Why are we here? The AOF exists because we strongly believe that supporting the personal development of outstanding young people will help our country to thrive. Australian industry can see the long term benefits of young people working overseas, honing their skills and obtaining state-of-the-art trade experience to keep Australia at the forefront of technical innovation and know-how.
- To attract award applicants who are outstanding in their fields of endeavour.
- To provide a unique opportunity for excellence, achievement, personal development and cultural experiences for award winners.
- To develop the organisation to ensure that it is financially strong and appropriately resourced.
- To build effective relationships with key organisations involved in apprenticeship and vocational training.