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

ALA conference: Advancing asylum seekers’ future through education

How do we empower people seeking asylum? Gillian Meek and Abiola Ajetomobi from the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre talk about their education programs that are designed to enable people to feel empowered to build a new life in Australia.  

ALA conference: Transformative learning in neighbourhood houses

How do adults make the transition from reluctant to confident learners? Dr Trace Ollis, Deakin University, shares her research on the informal and formal learning that takes place in Neighbourhood Houses.   Theme: Exploring possibilities, changing lives Date: 13–14 June

ALA conference: Young people, lifelong learning and the new work mindset

What does the future of work look like for young people? Young people will need to navigate a vastly different world of work. Bronwyn Lee, Foundation for Young Australians, brings her unique perspective to how we can best prepare young

ALA conference: See the light then experience Dark MOFO

How can you experience the many shades of Hobart? Be inspired by the transformative power of lifelong learning during the day, and explore Hobart’s Dark MOFO and Hobart’s other attractions by night. Our exciting conference program presents research and insights

ALA conference: Digital lifelong learning

How do you build digital literacy skills across the lifespan? Makerspace encourages people to experiment, play and learn with technology. From 8 to 86 years old, Glenorchy residents are embracing lifelong learning at Glenorchy LINC. Our upcoming conference will take

ALA conference: Trump, disorientation and the post-truth era

How can adult educators support their learners in the post-truth era? Critical thinking and research in the field of adult learning is more important now than ever. Dr Tony Brown, University of Canberra, explores the shifting ideological landscape and the

ALA conference: Award winning Australian author tells his story

How does someone expelled from school end up as an award winning writer? Award winning Australian author and academic Tony Birch answers this question with his own life story in a keynote address at our upcoming conference. Tony’s is an

ALA 2017 conference update

Exploring possibilities, changing lives 13–14 June 2017, Hobart, Tasmania Join us for an inspirational two-day event that celebrates the transformative power of lifelong learning. Our exciting program presents research and insights on successful adult learning initiatives that empower individuals, promote

ALA 2017 conference

Lifelong learning changes lives

2017 AGM: Invitation to ALA members

The 2017 ALA Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 28 April 2017, 1.30pm AEST. This year’s AGM will present the 2016 Annual Report and announce the results of this year’s Board elections. The meeting will be held at: Basement

Upcoming forum: Dhumbadha Munga – talking knowledge

Friday 28th April 2017 #TKForum Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are the first nations people of this country and the oldest continuing culture in the world. Their knowledge goes back tens of thousands of years. They have complex and

Press release: Lifelong learning creates jobs and enriches lives

Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body for adult and community education, welcomes the priorities that Labor outlined at the National Skills Summit. In his address to the Summit, the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten emphasised three top priorities for jobs

International Women’s Day 2017

On International Women’s Day we are sharing stories about women who are transforming their lives through learning.

ALA’s pre-budget submission

Adult Learning Australia provided input into the Australian Government’s 2017–18 Budget through the pre-Budget submission process. This submission took into account information we gathered from in our member survey of 2016. You can check out our response here.    

ALA Response to the Human Services Inquiry – Productivity Commission Issues Paper

Adult Learning Australia’s recent submission in response to proposed reforms identified in the Human Services Inquiry Productivity Commission Issues Paper focused on the role of ACE, literacy skills, accessibility, wellbeing, regional and remote areas, and provision for redress and complaints.

Planned webinars 2017

Upcoming ALA and LLN webinars for 2017. Please note that there may yet be changes to the schedule. More detail about the individual sessions will be posted here as topics and presenters are confirmed. Wednesday, 5th April @ 1:00 pm

Calls for expression of interest

Editor of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning The Australian Journal of Adult Learning (AJAL) has been published on behalf of Adult Learning Australia for over 55 years and is widely recognised as the leading journal in Australia on adult

Tips for volunteer numeracy tutors

As well as having a good working relationship with their adult learners, volunteer numeracy tutors need enthusiasm, inventiveness and a handy toolkit of techniques, strategies and resources to make their sessions interesting. Here’s our tips for adult numeracy tutors. 1.

Press release: Ensuring access to skills and training for all Australians

PRESS RELEASE 31 January 2017 Adult Learning Australia welcomes the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s focus on ensuring access for all Australians to the skills and training they need for ‘a decent job’ and ‘a good life’. At the National Press