The Australian Institute of Energy encourages the formation of Young
Energy Professional groups affiliated with its regional Branches.
The Young Energy Professionals movement recognises the importance of
younger members to the future of the energy industry and the Institute.
The movement aims to help younger professionals in their career
development and to foster future industry leaders. The emphasis is on
networking, and personal and professional development within the broader
context of an interest in energy issues.
The movement originated in Sydney but
has spread to Melbourne and there is interest in developing
YEP groups associated with other AIE Branches.
Who qualifies as a YEP?
YEPs are AIE members under 35 years of age with a keen interest in the
energy industry. Attendance at YEP functions is not restricted by these
criteria and non‐members and older AIE members are encouraged to
attend. Within the AIE, YEPs can be individual members of any grade,
including Graduate or Student Grades, or Corporate Member
Representatives, and have all the rights and privileges of membership of
An email contact list of non‐members interested YEP activities is
maintained so they can be advised of up‐coming YEP functions.
However, non‐members attending YEP functions do not benefit from
discounts, subsidies and other privileges of AIE membership such as
eligibility to apply for the Youth Travel Scholarship.
Details and application forms for AIE Membership are available on the
AIE web site here.
What do YEPs do?
YEP groups are formed and driven by motivated individuals with a
willingness to volunteer and provide leadership. They are supported by
established AIE Branches with experience in event organisation. A small
working group is needed to establish and manage a YEP.
Based on the model established by Sydney, YEPs can have a diverse
range of goals including:
Encouraging discussion on energy issues
Providing networking opportunities for young energy
Creating a platform for continuous learning and career
Offering interesting and relevant events for professional and
Some examples of successful events include:
Seminars on state, national and international energy policy and
Workshops on problem solving, communications, effective writing, and
Social functions such as
‘Power of Networking’ Cocktails