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In honour of the late Terry Effeney (one of the Australian energy industry’s greatest contributors), API along with The Effeney Family, Ergon Energy & Energex (as part of the Energy Queensland Group), have created the T.J Effeney Award. 

This Award was created to support one of Terry's great passions which were to support the next generation. This annual award (providing a stipend of up to $20,000) will allow successful applicants (API Bursary Holders) to undertake a project or program of study in the Energy Sector either domestically or internationally to further their professional career development.

The TJ Effeney Award has had to shift gears due to the current situation which makes it difficult to travel overseas. For the 2022/23 award, we are brining together a national group of ~25 bursary students from across Australia, to attend the main 2-days of the EECON 2022 Conference, including an afternoon of activities with the API and its member organisations.


The 2022/23 award will include:

  • Flights to and from your home location and Brisbane (Brisbane based students will not require flights or accommodation).

  • Accommodation with all other TJ Effeney Awardees (twin share - 2 students per room).

  • An afternoon of activities with the API and its member organisations on Monday, 10 October.

  • API welcome dinner on Monday, 10 October.

  • EECON 2022 Conference registration on 11-12 October.

Please note that awardees will be required to pay for their travel between the airport and hotel.


Who can apply, and what is the selection process?

All current bursary holders, POWERful Women participants (Early Career Program) AND power sector-interested undergraduates are ALL eligible to apply and we will be aiming to have a mix of Brisbane-based, regional Queensland, and students from other states.

Making the selection will be tough for us as all our Bursary students are amazing, but selection will be based on achieving the mix of students and your responses to the questions (and alignment with the values of the Terry Effeney Award).

Our goal for the 2022/23 award is to get as many of you as possible to this conference and to include at least 2 spots (of up to 25) for non-bursary students wanting a taste of the industry. 

Other details to note:

  • Online application (above) will be closing on 12th August 2022.

  • The selection criteria is aligned to TJ Effeney values.

  • All applicants will be notified in August/September 2022 on whether they have been successful or not.

  • The API will be booking all flights and accommodation in September 2022.

This award would not be possible without Energy Queensland (Ergon Energy and Energex) and the Effeney family. We thank you for your continuous support.

More information on the EESA EECON 2022 'Our Energy Future – Unlocking Net Zero' Conference

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2020/21 REPORT

This was the first time that we have brought together a group of API Bursary students from across Australia, and for many of the students it was their first time attending a professional conference. As you can read in their feedback below, it was a truly meaningful and impactful experience for them and we saw genuine excitement about their future careers in the power sector, thanks to the knowledge, exposure and connections created through the conference.

You can read the 2020/21 TJ Effeney Report here.



Although Lachlan has been faced with many challenged relating to COVID-19, he has graciously and efficiently adjusted his plans in order to allow him to continue his learning experience. Lachlan learnt all about the marine energy sector with Irish renewables developer DP Energy while in the United Kingdom and, then returned to Australia to work remotely during the 2020 lockdowns.

You can read Lachlan's TJ Effeney Report here and see what he learnt during his time overseas.



Based on a very strong proposal, the selection committee was very impressed and came to a unanimous decision to grant the 2018 Award to Mr. Jack Bryant. Jack conducted work alongside a Vennema Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan (USA) while undertaking short-term placements within the local industry. This allowed him to further develop a broad range of professional and personal skills/qualities over a 16-week period.

You can read Jack's TJ Effeney Report here.