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Advancing Property Research and Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders

The Australian Property Research and Education Fund Ltd was established to advance the twin arms of research and education, training and development; in the property industry specifically in valuation and land economy. The Fund has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

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The APREF Board oversees the work of the Fund. To support the achievement of Fund objectives, two Committees – Research and Education, were established. Committee members were selected based on the desired mix of current skills in academic research, education and practitioner skills.

Research Committee

Facilitates the undertaking of scientific research in the property industry, specifically in the fields of valuation and land economy.

Education Committee

Guides the award of scholarships, bursaries and prizes for the purpose of advancing education, training and development activities that relate to valuation and land economy.

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Educational Scholarships

For 2023, APREF is funding two scholarships to financially support the study of an API accredited degree, specialising in the valuation field. These scholarships are open to prospective 2023 tertiary students who are either currently studying Year 12 or are a mature-aged applicant.

Applicants must reside in either Tasmania or a rural/regional location. A scholarship will be awarded to one student from each location. The scholarship funding will be awarded for the duration of an API accredited property valuation degree. Recipients will have access to senior property professionals who will act as a mentor, for varying periods, during their studies.


Application Process

Applicants are to apply by completing the API APREF 2023 Scholarships Application Form and attaching the required information.

Please read the Scholarship Information Sheet as well as the Scholarship Application Form (print version), or the Scholarship Application Form (pdf version).

Submissions close 30 October 2022

API Accredited Courses

We work closely with the education sector to ensure the courses accredited for API membership meet the highest standard of education, furthering the ongoing quality and knowledge of API Members. Get started on your journey in the property industry today!

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2022 APREF Research Grants

The API is delighted to launch the second round of APREF research grants for 2022. A hotly contested field of 23 applications was reduced to three successful grants, which will explore topics critical to the Australian property industry. Researchers from Deakin University, UNSW, UniSA and RMIT, experts in their fields, will report back to the API on their research topics in the APREF Research Seminar Series.

Housing market resilience in Australia: 2000 – 2021

Qiang Li

Ameeta Jain

Towards more inclusive equality and diversity for the Australian valuation industry

Dulani Halvitigala

Judith Callanan

Rebecca Leshinsky

Towards understanding the dynamics of the regional property markets of Australia: Spatio-temporal analysis, predictive modelling, and visualising of sales in regional SA and NSW

Balamurugan Soundararaj

Prof. Ali Soltani

Dr Chyi Lin Lee

Prof. Chris Pettit

Peter Rossini

Peter Barrington Gold Medal Award

Winner of the 2021 award

Congratulations to Dr Christopher Phelps from Curtin University, awarded this year’s APREF 2021 Peter Barrington Award for his thesis “Essays Connecting Australian Dwelling Price Growth and Subjective Wellbeing to Within-City income and Wealth Differentials”. 

The Peter Barrington Award, established in 1985, is designed to encourage research excellence in the study of land economy. The award is open to students undertaking a Property Masters or PHD at an Australian academic institution. 

As the winner/awardee, Dr Phelps will present his research as part of the APREF Research Seminar Series in 2022, open to API Members.


The Peter Barrington Gold Medal Award was established in 1985 as an endowment by the Hammerson Group of Companies in recognition of the contribution to the property profession by Peter Barrington. The purpose of the award is to encourage research and excellence in the study of land economy through the presentation of a major work in support of an approved academic program.

The award lapsed for a short period but was reinstated and awarded in 2019 to Jyoti Rao for her thesis Fundamental Functionings of Landowners: Understanding the relationship between land ownership and wellbeing through the lens of ‘capability’. In 2020 the Peter Barrington Award was awarded to Dr Tiffany Hutcheson for her thesis Investment in Property by Australian Superannuation schemes.

To ensure the longevity of this prestigious award, it will now be managed under the umbrella of APREF.


Judging of entries for the Peter Barrington Gold Medal Award shall be completed by a Panel constituted from the APREF Research Committee.

The Panel shall review entries, giving due consideration to the contribution of the work to the advancement in the knowledge or practice of land economy.

An assessment rubric will be used by the appointed Panel judges in ranking the submissions. Papers graded a Pass will not be eligible for the Award.  Marks for individual papers will not be provided to applicants and will be used for internal review and assessment purposes only. 



The Award is open to all Australian students undertaking a course of study at the Masters or PHD level in a property professional field at an Australian academic institution.

Submissions from other academic faculties (eg. accounting, law, business administration) shall also be accepted for consideration where the subject matter of the research is considered to be relevant to the advancement of land economy.

The entry shall be a thesis or paper which has been prepared as a component part of the Masters or PhD course of study undertaken by the student. Whilst there is no word limit, the written submission should reflect the level of research and analysis expected of a Master or PhD thesis.

All submissions are to be accompanied by an endorsement from the student’s Master’s or PhD supervisor.

Submissions must be lodged via email (with the paper attached as a PDF document). Completion with a cover sheet recording the details of the author, a brief summary of the thesis, and a supporting statement from the supervisor from the educational institution at which the study is being undertaken.

The work shall be submitted to [email protected] by no later than 30 September 2021. The work must have been submitted for assessment within a year of this date (ie no earlier than 30 September 2020).

The Award

The winner shall be awarded a framed certificate of merit, complimentary API membership for one year, and a cheque to the value of $A1000.  The winner will also be expected to present their research to the API membership, most likely via the APREF Research Seminar Series.

This award shall be presented at an API function. The date of presentation shall be at the discretion of the Chairperson of the APREF Board.

2021 Inaugural APREF Research Grants

See the winners of the APREF Research Grants for 2021 below!

Big Visual Data Analysis using Artificial Intelligence for Mass Valuation of Residential Properties in Australia

Dr Vincent Hoang
Dr Kein Nguyen
Dr Andrea Blake

Valuation @ Risk

Georgia Warren-Meyers
Dr Lucy Cradduck

Urban densification through private land assembling in inner and middle suburbs for decentralised mixed/single use build to rent development

Jyoti Shukla
D. Stojanovic
P. Tiwari