About Us

Alan Robert 

Memorial Fund

The Allan Robert Memorial Fund is a trust fund dedicated to the memory of Allan Robert, that grants financial and other awards to further the education of apprentices and others in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry in Western Australia.

Alan Robert passed away in 1975 after a lifetime of work in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. He is particularly remembered as the first examiner of refrigeration apprentices in Western Australia and for his dedication to apprentice training.

His work as an electrical engineer was conducted in Cottesloe and through his effort and initiatives assisted in the recognition of the refrigeration service industry as a trade.

He was the foundation President of IRASE WA (the Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service Engineers) in 1945 and held board positions for approximately 30 years.  He was made a life member of IRASE in RACCA (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association) and was also a member of AIRAH (Australian Institute of Refrigeration and Heating) along with ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.

Allan dedicated himself to assist with the training of those in the industry and particularly apprentices where he carried out on the job assessments and viewed employer facilities and apprentice performance. 

The trust fund was set up by 1976 by industry donations and provides awards to studying apprentices and students on an annual basis.

Award nominations can be made by the students themselves, training bodies, employers or members of the public.

The trust fund obtains income from conservative cash deposits in Australian banks with all financial accounts independently audited annually. 

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The alan robert memorial fund proudly offers financial support for training in airconditioning and refrigeration.


If you would like to apply, contact us below.

Frequently asked questions

Who can apply for Financial Assistance?

Any apprentice or other student currently enrolled in a recognised and relevant TAFE (WA) course can apply for Financial Assistance. The course or module must be a component of a HVAC qualification such as but not limited to - Diploma or advanced diploma - Certificates 2, 3 or 4 - Pre-apprentices

How much Financial Assistance is available?

The A.R.M.F will review al applications they recieve. The review includes the circumstances that makes assistance for the applicant necessary. The A.R.M.F will contact the applicant by phone to further discuss the request and may verify the information they recieve, from third parties. If the application is approved, the A.R.M.F wil then arrange to make payment on your behalf. The typical application appoved is between $500 - $1,000 and occasionally more.

What can the Financial Assistance be used for?

The A.R.M.F will review all requests for assistance, but typically the requests are - Buying TAFE required books - Tools of the HVAC trade - Interstate travel to attend workskills and other industry related awards or similar - Travel from remote WA to attend AFE block release - TAFE course tuition fees Note - other request types to the above list, can also be applied for

Do you give me the money?

No, the A.R.M.F will ONLY settle tax invoices provided by the applicant, directly to the approved commercial organisation that needs to be paid on your behalf. Occasionally the A.R.M.F can reimburse you after you have paid

Can I lodge a complaint against a company or person to do with the R & AC Industry?

No, the A.R.M.F cannot receive, not act upon any complaints. Out charter is very specific and we have no disciplinary powers what so ever.

How long does an application take to be approved?

The A.R.M.F team are all busy Industry Professionals and are all volunteers to the A.R.M.F. Your application may take from a week, up to 28 days to be reviewed and then approved. If your situaton is urgent, please specify this urgency on your application.