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BASET (The Britain-Australia
Society Education Trust)


BASET provides talented young people with a life changing opportunity to develop new skills, broaden their horizons and realise their potential.

Through a comprehensive and innovative range of educational awards, we facilitate a cross-cultural exchange of knowledge and expertise between Britain and Australia, built on our shared heritage, common values and closely aligned strategic interests.

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Endeavour Heritage Awards

Our Endeavour Heritage Awards fund the education of talented young adults in the conservation of historical buildings and artefacts. We focus on funding students who need to travel from Australia to Britain, and from Britain to Australia, because the specialist training courses they require are not available in their respective home countries.

We work with educational institutions that specialise in areas such as architectural stone carving, woodcarving, gilding, and the conservation of historical books and manuscripts. After completing their education, our award recipients take the skills they have learnt back home to both preserve heritage themselves and train others in their craft.

Pioneer School Awards


Our Pioneer Awards offer British secondary school students a challenging, educational, and adventurous opportunity to experience school life in Australia. The awards provide a fully immersive experience, in which students attend lessons in a local school, follow the Australian curriculum and stay with a host family or in an attached boarding house during the summer holidays. The experience is as enriching as it is educational, with recipients taking full advantage of extra-curricular and sporting opportunities on offer during their stay.

Endeavour Career Skills Awards


Our newest range of awards, the Endeavour Career Skills Awards, fund a range of internships and placements for young adults which provide real-world industry experience and extend learning well beyond the classroom. We currently support young apprentice winemakers starting careers in the British Wine Industry, one of the fastest growing and most successful industries in the agricultural sector. We also run awards to support young equestrians from Britain and Australia embarking on careers in racing.

For further information on our awards, please contact

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Making a donation


BASET is a registered charity, run by a Board of trustees with support from The Britain-Australia Society. Every year, we rely on the generosity of our community of donors, partners and friends to sustain our awards programme.

To make a donation to support our work, please click the link below or contact our Fundraising Director, Eleanor Brace, at or on +44 (0) 20 7630 1075.


Our Educational Partners


We partner with a wide range of educational institutions and organisations in Britain and Australia. If you work for an organisation which is interested in joining our network and participating in our award programme, please contact

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Volunteering for BASET


We are seeking experienced, motivated and passionate people from Britain and Australia to join a mentoring network to support our award recipients as they enter careers in a wide range of industries, fields and trades. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact




The Hon George Brandis KC


The Australian High Commissioner (2018 - 2022), Professor The Honourable George Brandis KC, is our Patron. We are thrilled to have his endorsement.


'Never before has there been a better time to strengthen the links between Britain and Australia. BASET is doing just that with the opportunities it gives our young people through the power of education and travel.' – The Hon. George Brandis KC


Sir Christopher Benson DL OAM


Vice Presidents

The Rt Hon The Lord Hague of Richmond PC

The Rt Hon The Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke PC



Mr John May (Chair)

Ms Pauline Lyle-Smith (Deputy Chair)

Prof. Carl Bridge

Ms Sally Martin

Mr Greg Mulley

Mr Keith Newton

Ms Leisha White



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Launch of new Thoroughbred Award
9 June 2023

BASET has launched a new Endeavour Career Skills Award to support deserving young people entering the equine and racing industries. The first recipient, Grace McBeath from NSW will complete a six-month racing stable placement working for Sir Mark Prescott at Heath House Stables and Andrew Balding at Kingsclere Park House Stables. The award has been organised in partnership with Godolphin, the British Racing School and Thoroughbred Industry Careers in Australia.

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Pioneer School Awards 2023 
4 May 2023

BASET has selected five talented secondary school students to receive Pioneer School Awards. Students from Kingsdale Foundation School, Haileybury Turnford and Royal Hospital School will travel to Australia in July and study at Canberra Grammar and Haileybury Melbourne. On receiving the news one student said, “I’m so excited I was chosen, and can’t wait to meet other students and learn more about Australian history and culture. Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity.”

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Launch of new Endeavour Career Skills Awards 
26 January 2023

A new Endeavour Career Skills Award has been launched to fund a four-week placement for two Viticulture and Oenology students from Plumpton College. The students will work at Hungerford Hill in the Hunter Valley, widely considered the birthplace of Australian wine. Greg Dunn, Curriculum Manager for Plumpton Wine Division commented, “We are absolutely honoured to be partnering with BASET and giving two of our students the opportunity of a lifetime! They will be exposed to different ways of working, have the opportunity to innovate, and, importantly, bring this knowledge back to the UK wine industry.”

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BASET is a registered charity (number 803505)

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