BASET - The Britain-Australia

Society Education Trust


BASET (The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust) helps deserving young people from Britain and Australia to develop through the power of learning and the opportunity to travel.

BASET Award winners return to their home countries to inspire their contemporaries, pass on their newly acquired skills to colleagues and deepen the ties between our two nations.

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The Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency, The Hon. George Brandis QC, has agreed to become 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.'


– HE, The Hon. George Brandis QC



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New Co-Sponsor of Endeavour Award
5 Feburary 2020

Renowned West Dean College in Sussex and the City & Guilds of London Art School have each agreed to co-sponsor an Endeavour Award with BASET through fund matching. This will make the difference enabling more talented young Australians to pursue courses at these prestigious institutions.

We are launching some other exciting collaborations later this year. These include:

  1. an internship at Salisbury Cathedral for a young Australian stonemason (specialised stonemasonry is much in demand in Australia);

  2. reciprocal internships for young winemakers in Australia and the UK, in partnership with Wine GB.

We are excited to announce our latest Endeavour Award winner is Sarah from Dubbo, NSW. With BASET's support, Sarah is now able to complete her MA in Stained Glass Conservation, Restoration and Heritage Management at the University of York.

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Sir Christopher Benson Awarded Order of Australia Medal
5 Feburary 2020

BASET was delighted to see our President, Sir Christopher Benson recognised in this year’s Australia Day's Honours List with an Honorary Order of Australia Medal in this in recognition of his contribution to the bilateral relationship, including through his role at BASET.



BASET Pioneer Awards unlock the potential of secondary school students by facilitating an educational experience on the other side of the world.

'It was everything I could have asked for and more. I have gotten a sense of independence. I now feel much more confident about going to university next year, knowing that my BASET experience will guide me in being out on my own.'



Pioneer Award Winner

You can see James and other Pioneer Award winners in our short film below.


BASET Endeavour Awards enable talented young adults to acquire and transfer skills that build on the shared heritage and cultural links between Britain and Australia.

'Without the support of the grant I received, I would have had to greatly reduce the scope of my visit and the professionals and practitioners I was able to meet.'


Endeavour Award Winner

You can see Alice-Andrea and other Endeavour Award winners in our short film below.





BASET (The Britain-Australia Education Trust) is a registered charity. It is run by a Board of Trustees with administrative support from The Britain-Australia Society. It is entirely dependent on donations to do its work.

If you are:

  • an organisation with a special interest in the power of education and travel

  • an individual who would like to donate

  • a training or academic institution interested in arranging programmes for Award winners including our matched funding opportunities

Or if you would like to Leave a Legacy to ensure the benefits of the connection you have enjoyed are passed on to the next generation...


Please contact our Chair, John May or our Executive Director, Louise Mulley

or call the office on 020 7630 1075.

Alternatively you can make a single or a regular donation through the button below.

Our Trustees



HE the Hon George Brandis QC



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


BASET is a registered charity (number 803505)

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