2019–2020 Pre-budget submission
The federal government should adopt a formal policy on lifelong learning.
It should also recognise the role of adult and community education through a renewed Ministerial Declaration on ACE.
In this submission, ALA proposes that the 2019–20 Federal Budget should:
- reinstate the Commonwealth’s stewardship role in relation to the ACE sector through ongoing base funding to Adult Learning Australia, including funding for Adult Learners’ Week, at a cost of $550 000 per annum
- develop a national family literacy strategy that targets socially and economically marginalised Australian communities, to ensure that all children have the family support that they need to succeed at school, at a cost of $10M per annum
- support the education sector (including the ACE sector) through funding and resources to deliver workplace orientated digital skills gap training that meets the needs of modern workplaces
- redesign a workplace English language, literacy and numeracy program to address workforce LLN requirements
- fund research into ACE models that support productive ageing, wellbeing, mental health and disability programs, at a cost of $150,000 per annum
- provide remote community learning access centres in communities more than 80 km from a university or TAFE campus, at a cost of $6M per annum.
Read our submission here: ALA’s pre-budget submission 2019–20.