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Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

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Election 2022 – ALA calls for access to quality adult education for all

Adult Learning Australia is calling for a federal government that supports and funds high quality adult education programs that are responsive to community need and make Australia a fairer place for everyone. Everyone should have access to quality adult education when they need it. Opportunities to continue to learn throughout our lives are essential — […]

Media release: Victorian Government recognises the essential role of adult and community education

Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body for adult community education (ACE), welcomes the Victorian Government’s commitment to ACE through a Ministerial Statement that acknowledges its transformative power and unique strengths. In launching the Ministerial Statement on the Future of Adult Community Education today Victoria’s Minister for Training, Skills and Higher Education, Gayle Tierney acknowledged […]

Adult community education

  Adult and community education must be formally recognised in public policy for its role in providing accessible learning opportunities for adults in local communities that meets their needs and supports place-based community development. Rationale Adult and community education (ACE) is a discrete fourth sector of education in Australia that is not for profit and […]

Community Engagement Planning for the Neighbourhood House and ACE Sector

When: Friday 7th October, 9.00am to 5.00pmWhere: Flemington Neighbourhood House,  28 Farnham Street FlemingtonClose to train station, parking available, Mel ref – Map 28 – K 11Includes: Workbooks, planning templates, lunch, tea, coffee, cateringPlease contact us for any dietary requirementsCost: $300 per participantRegistration: Community engagement is becoming integral to how providers of public services […]

Adult and community education

Adult Learning Australia is the peak body for ACE Organisations in Australia. ACE in Australia is diverse and varies from state to state.

Jobs and Skills Summit – ACE and equity

Adult Learning Australia was invited to participate in the Commonwealth Government’s Jobs and Skills Summit – 1–2 Sept 2022 – at Parliament House Canberra as well as pre-summit Ministerial round tables. At the Jobs and Skills Summit and Ministerial roundtables, we highlighted the role of adult community education (ACE) as an essential mechanism that can […]


The Ministerial Declaration on Adult Community Education recognises the role of ACE in providing pathways to further education and training for ‘second chance’ learners.

Ged Kearney recognises the importance of ACE

At a recent ALA member event, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ged Kearney recognised the importance of adult community education. Through the prism of her own personal experience with ACE, she highlighted its role in providing inclusive learning opportunities for adult Australians. In response to ALA President Annette Foley’s question about the critical […]

Scan finds ACE serves important social and economic needs in communities

Adult Learning Australia has released its latest Australian Adult Community Education Environmental scan. ALA’s scan profiles the sector in terms of its programs, features, provider types, participants, outcomes and supporting policy areas. It also explores the challenges facing the sector in terms of sustainability. Findings The scan found that the ACE sector demonstrably serves important […]

Clever countries look beyond the usual suspects

We should be a clever country but some of us are not getting a ‘fair go’. Despite the increasingly fashionable use of the term ‘lifelong learning’ in everything from discussions of kindergartens to higher education, we seem to have conveniently forgotten that many Australians have no current prospect of enrolling in TAFE or university. With […]

ACE policy

In 1991, the Senate Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training produced Come in Cinderella: The emergence of adult and community learning. This landmark report formally recognised ACE as the fourth sector of education that was structurally and operationally distinct from the schools, universities and VET, yet linked with them via learning pathways. It also […]

Federal election 2019

  Adult Learning Australia is committed to ensuring that all Australians can access the benefits of lifelong and lifewide learning as a means to a more just and equitable Australia. #MakeItFair  #InvestInACE Our asks A national lifelong learning policy The Australian Government should develop a formal Lifelong Learning Policy that outlines economic and social goals; […]

2019–2020 Pre-budget submission

Adult Learning Australia has submitted its recommendations for the Commonwealth Government’s Pre-budget Submission process for the 2019–20.

Press release: A lifelong learning policy for Australia

Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body for adult and community education, welcomes the Hodgman Government’s recognition of adult education as a foundation to building Tasmania’s future and in helping Tasmanians access the skills they need for work and life. Adult Learning Australia’s recent conference in Hobart explored the different ways equitable access to lifelong […]

Press release: The modern workforce demands lifelong learning skills

Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body for adult and community education, welcomes the Federal Budget’s commitment to education, however, further action is required as lifelong learning is now an important life skill that ensures people remain relevant in the workforce and a vital part of their communities. The Commonwealth must commit to building a […]

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