ALA Submission to Senate Select Committee on COVID-19
Impact of COVID-19
Australia, along with the rest of the world, has been totally disrupted by COVID-19. People are affected in their daily lives and afraid of the consequences for their health, education, jobs and well-being, for their families and broader communities.
The ACE sector has played a significant role in positively contributing to the socio-economic status of Australia. ACE providers are not for profit organisations that provide accessible lifelong learning opportunities that are responsive to the educational needs of adults 15 years and over. They work with Australians to develop and improve language, literacy, numeracy, employability and digital skills and offer a range of accredited (vocational education training – VET) and non-accredited training and skills development programs.
More than 2,500 ACE providers are embedded in communities in urban, regional, rural and remote areas across Australia. They are at the frontline of local communities when it comes to social connection and wellbeing across the urban, regional and rural areas of Australia. They have professional educators who are particularly experienced in working with vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians. Read more..