TEFMA Conference Scholarship

Congratulations to:

2019 Conference Scholarship Winner:

Kerri-Anne Downes, Charles Sturt University 

Stephen Butt on behalf of Kerri-Anne Downes
Stephen Butt, Charles Sturt University collected award on behalf of Kerri-Anne Downes from GJK's Steven Taylor

The TEFMA Conference Scholarship is proudly sponsored by GJK Facility Services

TEFMA has established a Conference Scholarship for first line supervisors and above working in facilities organisations. The intention is that the scholarship/s be awarded annually; however, this will be subject to the annual budget established by the Board, and dependent on suitable applications being received. The TEFMA Education Committee is to administer these Scholarships.

Applications for the TEFMA Conference Scholarship will open again in early 2021.
Key dates for all applicable scholarships and awards will be updated in the Event Calendar shortly. 



The Aim of the Scholarship is to provide an opportunity each year for a person(s) employed in facilities management with an institution which is a member of TEFMA to attend the annual TEFMA conference and where practicable, visit other Australasian institutions in the location to improve their knowledge of contemporary facilities management practices.

  • Only one nomination per institution is permitted each year for each scholarship.

  • Scholarships will normally be granted to an individual only once.

  • Scholarship applicants may be required to undertake an interview.

  • Candidates must be a full-time employee of an Institutional Member of TEFMA.

  • If the candidate is not already a member of TEFMA, then the host Institutional member is to arrange for the candidate to become a member of TEFMA.

  • Candidates must be operating at a first line supervisory position or higher in the facilities department. 

Application and Selection

Invitations to apply for the Scholarship will be circulated to all members. The invitation shall clearly indicate the closing date for receipt of applications and the address to which they are to be forwarded. Reminders should also be promulgated.

The Scholarship is to be awarded to an eligible candidate after consideration of the responses to the Selection Criteria on the Selection Criteria form.

Selection of the successful applicant/s will be determined by the TEFMA Board following receipt of a recommendation from a Panel established to review the applications. The Review Panel shall be made up of the following members:

  • Chair, Education Committee
  • Member, Education Committee
  • A Past President of TEFMA

More than one scholarship can be awarded in any calendar year.


The Scholarship

The scholarship has a value of up to AUD$3,000 incl. GST towards the cost of attending the conference. The successful applicant will need support from their institution for both the time to undertake the study tour and the contribution to any costs in excess of the scholarship amount. Where the total cost of attending the conference is less than AUD$3,000 incl. GST, the scholarship will be the actual costs incurred.

The successful applicant will be required to produce a written report within 4 weeks of the Conference giving an outline of how the experience gained at the Conference and other institutions might benefit the applicant's work. The report will be published in the TEFMA newsletter.


A successful applicant is to make all necessary travel/visit arrangements. The successful applicant's institution pays for all travel costs and those other costs associated with the visit programme. The institution then forwards a copy of the claim/appropriate invoices to the TEFMA Treasurer for reimbursement of the TEFMA (Scholarship) contribution.


Previous Scholarship winners can be accessed here>>