The AIQEF Grants

Grant Applications

The Australian Institute of Quarrying Education Foundation is a charitable tax-exempt organization that was created in 1982 to raise and manage funds to provide grants for quarrying and related industries training and education for those involved in the industry. 

Persons or organizations seeking funds from the Foundation are required to complete an application using the application form on this website, or in a similar format, and provide sufficient information to enable the Foundation’s Council to properly consider the request and to assess the benefits that are expected to flow to the industry. 
In reaching a decision, the Council takes into consideration the education level at which the initiative is set and the number of people who could reasonably be expected to benefit from its outcome. It is important for applicants to understand that the Foundation’s charitable status is held conditional on the benefits derived from the use of its funds being available to all in the industry and not be confined to particular individuals or organizations.

As the amount of money available is restricted to the earnings on the Foundation’s capital and the outcome of its annual auction it may not be possible to provide funds for all requests in a particular year.  The Foundation prepares its budget in April each year for the following July to June financial year.  It is therefore recommended that potential applicants advise the Foundation Secretary of their proposed grant applications by the end of March. The Foundation’s Council considers formal requests as they are received by the Secretary.  Applicants can expect a response within a month of submission of applications.  The Foundation’s Councilors reserves the right to not enter into discussion regarding decisions made on funding applications.

Please refer to the Foundation’s Secretary if further information is required regarding the completion of an application.

General conditions for submissions for AIQEF Educational Grants

Submissions for financial support will be dealt with by the Education Foundation provided that they:

  • are made in the format approved by the AIQEF, using the one available for downloading on this website, or similar;
  • are for projects that are substantially educational and clearly aimed at benefiting a range of people engaged in the extractive and related industries;
  • include all relevant criteria essential for the success of the project’s outcome have been addressed, including budgets and revenues; and
  • have full disclosure of all interested parties.

Projects funded by the AIQEF must:

  • have a feedback facility provided by the successful applicant;
  • be cost-effective with clearly identifiable learning objects/outcomes and may be for capital support (i.e. resource development) and/or operating  support (i.e. seminar/workshop fixed costs);
  • be capable of being completed in a timely fashion and not be open-ended;
  • have outcomes that are to be consistent with current national extractives industry training package goals;
  • be broadly based, and provides a long-term benefit to the extractive and related industries; and
  • not bring the AIQEF into disrepute and must identify hazards and minimise risks associated with both development and delivery.

Projects may be a joint venture with other individuals or organisations. The AIQEF will deliberate on all submissions made to it, and in its sole discretion, determine the outcome of that deliberation (including requiring additional information from the applicant). All requests for additional information shall be made by, and replies channeled through, the Secretary of the AIQEF. 

The AIQEF will communicate its decision on any request to the submission’s proponent.  Each successful application will be allocated an approval number for use in all subsequent correspondence.

It is a condition of all AIQEF grants that there must be clear and prominent acknowledgement of the AIQEF having made the grant, be it on the publication, in the resource or programs publicity and during the programs delivery. A copy of the AIQEF logo can be obtained from the AIQEF Secretary.

The AIQEF may cede its ownership (or part ownership) of a product to a successful applicant in which case the successful applicant shall be the sole arbiter of commercial delivery from that point onwards, provided however that the applicant maintain adequate records of the product benefits which the AIQEF may request from time to time.

Where a successful applicant has been granted intellectual property rights from the AIQEF, it may enter a joint ownership arrangement or allocate funds to best advantage. 

Such successful applicant will develop a register of ceded projects and may license individuals or organisations at any time, place or manner to deliver the product without necessarily utilising the developer of the product (though protocol demands that developer be given first right of refusal).

All educational courses/workshops/training delivered on behalf of the successful applicant must have been “vetted” by a suitable qualified review panel for quality of education content, delivery and for relevance to current technical applications.

Processing of an Application for an AIQEF Grant

The following is an outline of the steps involved in the processing of an application for an AIQEF Grant:

  1. Application is forwarded to AIQEF Secretary
  2. AIQEF Secretary reviews the application to ascertain its compliance with requirements
  3. If any clarification of aspects of the application are required the AIQEF Secretary will contact the applicant
  4. Once all issues have been clarified the AIQEF Secretary will forward the application to the AIQEF Council members for consideration
  5. AIQEF Council consider and advise the AIQEF Secretary of their decision on the grant application
  6. AIQEF Secretary advises the applicant of the outcome of the request for a grant
  7. Applicant invoices the AIQEF for funds, with supporting documentation

Click here to complete the application form, if you are having trouble with the form click here to access additional details of the required fields.


Guidelines for Applicants

The Australian Institute of Quarrying Education Foundation (AIQEF) was established in 1982 to raise and manage funds to provide grants for quarrying and related industries training and education.  Since 1982 it has provided training and education grants in excess of $2.8 million.  Grants that have provided the people in our industry with the opportunity to improve their knowledge, skills and capability; enabling them to safely, effectively and efficiently carry out their tasks.

These grants have included funding or assisting in the funding of the:

  • Development of Training Resources to support the provision of professional development of employees in the industry.
  • Delivery of Training Programs to provide for the professional development of employees in the industry.
  • Engagement of Speakers for seminars, conferences and technical meetings.
  • Awards to recognise excellence in vocational training in the quarrying and related industries.

This website includes instruction on preparing and submitting applications for AIQEF grants.  The purpose of this page of the website is to provide guidance on the types of educational expenses that can be included for payment by an AIQEF grant.

Training Resource Development

The types of training resources that could be considered for AIQEF grants may include:

  • Training reference material
  • Self-paced learning material
  • Videos
  • Training program audio-visual presentation material
  • Assessment tools

The training material developed using an AIQEF grant would be the property of the AIQEF unless ceded to the applicant.  Joint ownership may apply where development costs are shared.

Training Program Delivery

There are two circumstances where it may be appropriate for an AIQEF training program delivery grant.  These are:

  • for the conduct of a pilot course to trial training developed using AIQEF grants; or
  •  to subsidise the conduct of a training workshop in a remote location where attendance fees may not cover the delivery cost of the workshop.

In the case of a pilot course the grant could cover the following expenses:

  • The presenter fee, travel, accommodation and meal costs
  • Venue and audio-visual equipment hire

It would be expected that, where possible, speaker travel, venue and audio-visual equipment hire will be minimised and that the attendees at pilot courses would be charged for the cost of their meals and refreshments. 
In the case of a training workshops to be conducted in remote locations a grant could be made to cover the difference between the income and cost of the conduct of the workshop.  The purpose of these grants would be to make training workshops available to those in a remote locations.  The participants in these workshops would, however, be expected to pay the same registration fee as those attending workshops in metropolitan areas, where the fees should be set to cover the cost, and based on a reasonable minimum attendance. 


Seminars often involve a combination of education (or training) activities and social activities as they may be intended to provide both education and networking opportunities.  AIQEF grants will only be made for the education (or training) aspects of these seminars.  AIQEF grants in support of educational seminars may be made for the following purposes:

  • The educational presenter fees, travel, accommodation and meal costs.
  • Venue and audio-visual equipment hire.
  • Gifts for the educational speakers (often the speakers will not charge for their time). .
  • Publishing of training materials to be provided to the seminar training session participants.

It is expected that participants at educational sessions of seminars will be charged registration fees to cover their meals and refreshments. All costs of any transport, meals, refreshments and entertainment associated with the social component of the seminar would be paid for by the participants and sponsorship by other than the AIQEF.

Industry Dinners and Technical Meetings

From time to time, industry dinners and technical meetings will include paid speakers on matters with an educational purpose.  In these circumstances AIQEF grants may be made to cover the educational presenter’s fee, travel, accommodation and meal costs. It is expected that attendees at these functions will be charged a registration fee that will cover the venue and audio-visual equipment hire and their meals and refreshments.

Educational Scholarships

The AIQEF has in the past granted scholarships to enable students to obtain qualifications in extractive industry management.  These scholarships have covered travel, accommodation and meals costs for individuals from remote locations to attend training sessions.