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Australian Wool Education Trust

The Australian Wool Education Trust supports significant wool education initiatives in Australia, particularly in wool and wool textile science and technology.

The Trust was established after the 1996 closure of Australia's only tertiary education department dedicated to wool and textile science and technology at the University of New South Wales.

The Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) established the AWTA Ltd Wool Education Trust with an initial grant of three million dollars in 1996. In 2004, AWI invested four million dollars from the sale of the CSIRO Prospect property and the Trust was renamed the Australian Wool Education Trust.

The Trust generates up to half a million dollars each year to support education in the wool industry.

Eight Trustees - three appointed by AWTA Ltd, three appointed by AWI, and two by the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations (FAWO) - make decisions based on:

  1. Supporting the education of students, woolgrowers and others contributing to the development of the wool industry, from the growing to the textile product stage, including:
    1. Fibre science, including fibre and follicle development, fibre morphology and characteristics, and their effects on processing performance and product properties.
    2. Wool production, including selection, preparation for sale and packaging.
    3. Wool metrology, including testing technology, process control, Total Quality Management techniques and the prediction of processing performance.
    4. Wool and textile marketing, including trading, processing and promotion of products made wholly or partially from wool.
  2. Funding scholarships, prizes and attendance at educational conferences.
  3. Funding educational resources, conferences, programs, and institutions and colleges.
  4. Funding scientific research that benefits education.

Initiatives supported by the Trust include:

  • The multi-media package for delivery of the Woolwise educational resource.
  • Postgraduate scholarships to investigate the risk factors for low staple strength in young sheep, and the metrology of wool fibre curvature.
  • A tertiary level, specialist sheep and wool course and the production of electronic lectures for the Sheep CRC's Education Program, that led to the establishment of a Wool Chair at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW.

Further Information

Australian Wool Education Trust - to discuss your project, contact the Trust Secretary, Mr Peter Sommerville, via:

  • Mail: C/- AWTA Ltd, 70 Robertson Street, Kensington, VIC, 3031
  • Telephone: 03 9371 4105
  • Facsimile: 03 9371 4191
  • Email: woolwise@woolwise.com

Woolwise website - an on-line resource for educators, researchers, consultants, students and other stakeholders in the wool industry.