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Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia


What Works Professional Learning Series

What Works 2023 will focus on adult literacy and learning practice. This eight-part online professional learning series brings together experts in the field to explore effective adult reading, writing, and learning strategies  – with a strong emphasis on fun and engagement. Each session will be co-facilitated by Ros Bauer and Jo Medlin with presentations from […]

Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII)

Adult learning and education for sustainable development – a transformative agenda 15 – 17 June 2022, Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI Preliminary timetable of the hybrid conference Adult Learning Australia has for many years supported and participated in CONFINTEA. The 1997 Hamburg conference saw a large […]

Inspiring stories of adult education in Quest

Our latest issue of Quest celebrates inspiring stories of the transformative power of adult education  — from Adult Learners Week keynote speakers, learning ambassadors, scholarship winners and more. During the launch of Adult Learners Week, guest speaker Brendan Murray shared how confronting it was to admit he could barely read and write at the age […]

ALA and TAFE Directors Australia issue joint statement

Media release Following on from the Jobs and Skills Summit, and on the final day of Adult Learners Week, TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and Adult Learning Australia (ALA) issue a joint statement of common interest. The federal government’s $1.1 billion funding pledge for fee-free TAFE places across Australia is critical to addressing national skill shortages. […]

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 […]

New issue of Australian Journal of Adult Learning out now!

This issue of AJAL is focused on three important areas of adult learning, professional learning, transition pathways to higher education and adult learning in the context of COVID 19. The articles represent the broad context of adult learning in Australia and internationally. In this edition, articles inform us on professional learning in policing and help […]

Recruitment of General Manager

General Manager – Pines Learning Do you inspire others? Are you a strategic thinker? Can you balance your business acumen with creativity and compassion? Then look no further!  Located in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, Pines Learning (, is looking for a dynamic leader to maximise the growth opportunities for the Centre. Pines Learning provides […]

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, […]

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