The extended CEF family

We are fortunate to have a great team of Australians who care deeply about education, young people and the future of rural and regional Australia. We are governed by an experienced and committed Board of Directors and a dedicated team of staff at our office in Orange, NSW.

Our former Patron and Ambassador, The Hon Tim Fischer, AC former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, was a wonderful supporter and strong advocate for our work in rural and regional Australia.


“Good education provides not only individuals with keys for a positive future, individual meshing cogs to create real progress but also the seeds on which the fabric of the nation can build and progress. The Country Education Foundation is a great facilitator in this regard, a great overall cog in the machinery of the nation – it is deserving of wide support.”

The Late Hon Tim Fischer AC, Former CEF Patron, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

“There are many crossroads in life, from teenager to adulthood, from student to workplace, and so forth,” Mr Fischer said. “For country people, these crossroads become even harder to traverse in periods of intense drought and other climate wildcards.

“This is exactly where the Country Education Foundation has a vital role to play in its interface with students, to help them through the challenges of academic and practical endeavour.”

The Late Hon Tim Fischer ACFormer CEF Patron, former Deputy PM

Our volunteers across rural and regional Australia

Local CEFs are all run by our fabulous volunteers – teams of committed people representing a broad cross section of their communities. They include people prominent in education, business, agriculture, community and government.

CEF ignites awareness and passion for education in rural, regional and remote Australian communities – and our committees and local education foundations are made up of volunteers who share that passion and commitment.