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Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia


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 […]

Adult Learners Week 2022 launch – hear from inspiring people who have connected through learning

Connect with learning Join us at the Adult Learners Week 2022 launch as we hear stories from inspiring people who have found connection and opportunity through learning. Rusty Berther – our MC – Rusty started his working life flipping burgers at Maccas then worked as a roof plumber before finding success and touring the world […]

Media release: Adult community education improves economic participation

Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body representing the not-for-profit adult community education sector, welcomes the Albanese Government’s announcement of the Jobs and Skills Summit in September. ‘This Summit is an opportunity to bring an “equity lens” to skills shortages and find solutions to the systemic problems that are compounding disadvantage for people with poor […]

Read lifechanging learning stories and news from around Australia in Quest – Issue 2

Our latest issue of Quest is out! You’ll find stories about how an automotive skills program is helping troubled young people stay on track, how a careers course is opening up opportunities and independence for women escaping domestic violence, the latest on Adult Learners Week 2022, news from adult community education sector, our members and […]

We are hiring – Finance and Governance Manager

Adult Learning Australia is seeking a Finance and Governance Manager. POSITION:                             Finance and Governance Manager (General staff) – approx 16 hours p/w with flexible work arrangements available REPORTS TO:                       Chief Operations Officer AWARD:                                 Education Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2010. CONTEXT Adult Learning Australia (ALA) is the national peak body for adult and […]

New issue of Australian Journal of Adult Learning out now!

The April edition of the journal has both a national and international focus. The articles are written on some important adult education issues of our time such as therapeutic landscape learning after the COVID 19 pandemic; professional learning in police education; lifelong learning and adult education in Japan; second chance learning in Africa; and adult […]

Adult learning and human rights

Dr Nigel Wilson – Board member of ALA and the Learning Changes Lives Foundation.

Media release: A missed opportunity to realise the full benefits of adult education

The 2022 federal budget includes some support for disadvantaged Australians but has missed the opportunity to realise the full benefits of adult education; according to Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body for adult community education (ACE). Worthwhile initiatives in this year’s budget include continued support for the ReBoot program delivered through the not-for-profit sector, […]

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 […]

When no one is left behind

Ged Kearney MP – Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care

Media release: Adult literacy inquiry acknowledges the essential role of ACE

Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body for adult community education (ACE), welcomes the recommendations from the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training’s Inquiry report into adult literacy and its importance – Don’t take it as read. The Committee made 15 recommendations to improve adult language, literacy, numeracy and digital (LLND) skills, including implementing […]

Media release: New ABS data finds disadvantaged Australians are missing out on adult education

Australians have an appetite for learning that is focussed on developing work and life skills over formal qualifications, new research shows. But those who can most benefit from adult education are being left behind, according to Adult Learning Australia’s CEO Jenny Macaffer.

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: Disadvantaged Australians left behind when it comes to work-related learning

Recent ABS research on rates of participation in work-related adult education provides a troubling snapshot of educational inequality in Australia, according to Jenny Macaffer CEO Adult Learning Australia.

Adult education and prisons

Dr Ron Wilson is a current Board member of Adult Learning Australia and past President of the Australasian Corrections Education Association.

Adult Learning Australia

Adult Learning Australia