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illuminate Education Australia

Inspiring young people to address our community’s largest challenges.
Activating young Australian’s to be confident, creative and capable.

Building young people for today’s changing world.

No longer can you thrive on knowledge or qualifications alone – you need to be confident to make your own way in the world, creative in the way you make your mark, and capable to be able to do what you love.

The illuminate Challenge

illuminate Education Australia exists to have every young Australian invited to meaningfully address the biggest problems that matter to them now. To do so, we empower them to be confident, creative and capable. Our programs and workshops do more than just teach business and entrepreneurial skills, they provide an opportunity for young people to develop a core set of skills and capacities they can use immediately in the program through to the rest of their life.

We know the power of education to shape pathways, and are passionate to help create more opportunities for our young people going forward. This is why we reinvest any surplus from our programs back into our work – helping to reduce travel costs to get to regional locations across Australia and to provide low-cost programs across the year so every young person can benefit from opportunities like this.

All of our programs and workshops have the same fundamental structure and focus on our four core skill areas; communication, understanding, solving problems and working smart. The best part is that you can choose between a full week-long experience, a one-day workshop or the option to facilitate content yourself.

How We Do It

We combine design thinking, entrepreneurship, social and ethical understanding, business and personal development into every single impactful learning opportunity.





Critical Thinking
Inquiry & Research
Digital Literacy
Financial Literacy

Solving Problems

Design Thinking
Problem Solving


Work Smart


Our Impact

Everything we do at illuminate Education Australia is centred around making a positive impact for everyone we work with as well as the communities we work in.

Schools Participated
Students Inspired
Programs Delivered

Our Partners & Supporters

Hosting & School Partners and Collaborators


“I have enrolled students in the illuminate Challenge for many years. illuminate Education Australia excels at motivating young people to become the independent learning, self-directed adults that our nation so desperately needs. Their provision of real-world learning is second to none and their programs are still talked about by students many years after they’ve left school. Best of all illuminate Education Australia’s programs target those cross-curricular priorities that are so difficult to address in the day-to-day classroom.”

– Bob Ashby, Teacher, Sheffield School (Tasmania)

“The illuminate:nextgen Challenge pushes students to extend themselves in a positive, supportive setting. It helps student to develop the real-world skills necessary for any workplace, and exposes them to study and career options. The program helps students to unlock their full potential and discover their future.

– Brendan Taig, Careers Practitioner, Suzanne Cory High School (Victoria)

“My school participated in the illuminate:nextgen Challenge for the first time in 2018.  The students were excited for the week but not not sure what to expect.  Now they are excited for their future.

– Justine Lyons, Business Studies Teacher, Pimlico State High School (Queensland)

“The illuminate:nextgen challenge was, as described by one of our students at our school’s end of year awards ceremony, a life changing experience for our Year 10 students. The week created such a positive vibe amongst those doing the challenge and indeed, throughout the entire school, and students from all years seemed to be taking an active interest. I really do believe that this challenge, and the skills that were developed by students, will have a lasting impact on them, not only for success in Year 11 and 12, but also post-school education and in their working lives.

– Dale Massie, HSIE Teacher, Terrigal High School (New South Wales)

“The Illuminate Challenge was astonishing. I truly didn’t expect the quality of ideas and presentations that the students delivered. It was clear to me that illuminate are building capability, and improving the confidence and career prospects of these students. I’m hoping to become more involved because I can see the value Illuminate adds to both the students, industry and the broader community.”

– Ellen Piper, People, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

There is no finer task than to encourage and support our youth in their journey of learning.  Having experienced first hand the illuminate Education Australia experience myself in a supporting role at Charles Sturt University, I was inspired by the energy that the young participants had in the skills of problem solving, vision creation and entrepreneurial strategies. Programs such as illuminate no doubt are an excellent tool as part of the preparation for life after school.  I would encourage students and teachers to explore the opportunities that the illuminate Education programme offers.

– Peta Pinson, Mayor, Port Macquarie Hasting Council

“In this rapidly changing world with the rise of emerging economies and onset of digital disruption, programs like the illuminate  Challenge are absolutely critical to regional communities. Rather than seeing change as a threat, illuminate Education Australia opens the eyes of our young people to the opportunities that change presents.

– Tim Watson, General Manager, Dorset Council

“Technical capabilities are the necessary, but not sufficient attributes for people hired into my organisation. The best candidates complement their technical capability with emotional intelligence along with the skills taught by Illuminate Education Australia.  Working at today’s speed of business requires employees to bring more to the workplace. Creativity, a willingness to collaborate, natural curiosity and the ability to contribute to effective teamwork are key characteristics of tomorrow’s high performing leaders”

– Mike Faulkner, Managing Director (Australia & New Zealand), Verizon Enterprise Solutions


We’re always eager to hear from people who are interested in what we do – whether you are a school, a potential partner or someone who just wants to get on board with what we do. You can either get in touch with us directly below, or else use the form on this page and we’ll respond to you shortly;

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