Media Releases

CEFA: Key national provider of constitution education in Australia

The Constitution Education Fund Australia is the key national provider of constitution education in Australia. CEFA’s purpose is to promote impartial neutral education about the history, operation and processes of the Australian Constitution to schools, universities and the general public. 

 

CEFA mourns Dame Leonie Kramer

Dame Leonie was the chair of CEFA’s Foundation Council of eminent Australians who lent their patronage to CEFA at its foundation stage.  She served as a trustee and a member of the judging panel for the Governor-General’s Prize.  She was also a generous benefactor. 

 

Constitution in times of war: Governor-General’s Prize 2016

Constitution Education Fund Australia is pleased to announce that the 2016 Governor-General’s Prize is now open for entries.

 

CEFA's 2015 Govorner-General's prize awarded

On Wednesday, 9 March 2016, the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove gave a reception at Government House, Canberra, for the finalists in the 2015 Governor-General’s Prize.

 

Justice Patrick Keane: “It makes you proud”

The winners of the 2015 Governor-General's Prize have been announced.

 

Mrs Kerry Jones Appointed to OPH Advisory Council

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Chief Executive Officer of the Constitution Education Fund Australia (CEFA), Mrs Kerry Jones, has been appointed to the Old Parliament House Advisory Council by the Attorney-General, Senator the Honourable George Brandis QC. This appointment is for a duration of three years.

Mrs Jones is honoured to accept this position and looks forward to serving in this additional role that complements her work with CEFA and will further contribute to educating and informing all Australians about the great Australian democracy under the Australian Constitution.

 

A message from Mrs Kerry jones CEO - 7 April 2015

It has been brought to my attention that Reclaim Australia – Tasmania has posted to their Facebook page a letter that has been fraudulently written in my name.

I am appalled and outraged that Reclaim Australia has put inflammatory, slanderous content under my name. I am investigating all avenues to take appropriate defamation action. 

Social media abuse of this type incites hatred and bigotry. Peace and tolerance is the Australian way under our Australian Constitution and I will continue to strive through education to achieve a fair minded attitude among all Australian citizens. 

The organisations I am associated with and in particular the Constitution Education Fund Australia are working with all Australian citizens, including Islamic Australian citizens for a tolerant society.

 

Governor-General's Prize 10th Anniversary

On Tuesday, 10 February 2015, the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, presented awards to winners of the 2013-14 Governor-General’s Prize at a cocktail reception held in the Great Hall of the High Court of Australia, Canberra.  The event was funded by Baker & McKenzie, CEFA’s principal partner for 2014.

 

CEO's 2014 Christmas Message

Here at CEFA we are having difficulty believing another year has flown by. Much of our work in recent months has been finalising the proposal to establish an Australian Constitution Centre. The proposed collaborations are with iconic Australian institutions such as the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House (OPH).

On behalf of the CEFA Board of Directors, and the CEFA staff, we wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. 

 

CEFA and ACARA working together for Civics and Citizenship Education in Australian Schools

August 15, 2014

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and CEFA have been working towards a potential collaboration that will deliver outstanding Civics and Citizenship Education nationally. CEFA’s Director of Schools, Mrs Janet Doyle is assisting ACARA with the important work sample project that will support teachers in the delivery of the yet to be endorsed Australian Civics and Citizenship curriculum.

This week the ACARA CEO, Mr Rob Randall met with CEFA’s, Executive Director Mrs Kerry Jones to further this important collaboration, leading to a tweet from ACARA as you can see below. Mrs Jones and the team are working tirelessly towards our goal of having Civics and Citizenship taught in every school and every classroom in Australia.
https://twitter.com/ACARA_CEO/status/499477787518840832

 

Australia’s Most Prestigious Competition Now Offers the Prize of a Lifetime

Now open to all undergraduate students studying at Australian universities, the Governor-General’s Prize is now offering the prize of a lifetime in its 10 year history with all High Court Justices confirmed to attend the prestigious prize ceremony later this year.

 

Australian Curriculum Review Submission from CEFA - 21 March 2014

CEFA is proud to announce that we have put in a submission to the Australian Government Curriculum Review. CEFA believes C & C needs to be successfully taught in every school and every classroom to every student throughout Australia. There is very poor C & C student knowledge currently as shown in research such as the Youth Electoral Studies, the 2012 Lowy Institute report and the results of Government C & C knowledge testing. 

 

Governor-General's Prize - 7 February 2014

CEFA is delighted to announce that the Hon. Justice Susan Kiefel AC, of the High Court of Australia, has agreed to chair the judging panel for this year’s essay competition. In its tenth year, the 2013-14 undergraduate essay competition for the Governor-General’s Prize is supported by Reconciliation Australia, and offers students the opportunity to research and discuss various topics related to constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

 

Neha Kasbekar Wins 2012 Governor-General's Undergraduate Essay Competition

The Constitution Education Fund Australia (CEFA) joins the Dean of the Sydney Law School, Professor Joellen Riley to congratulate Ms Neha Kasbekar on winning the 2012 Governor-General’s Undergraduate Essay Competition. Her paper on the recognition of Australia’s first peoples in the Constitution was judged the best from the six participating finalists by an eminent panel chaired by The Hon Justice Kenneth Hayne AC of the High Court of Australia in late July this year.