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Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia


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.

A message from the Adult Learning Australia Board

Today, the ALA Board passed a resolution in support of peace and expressed its support for those impacted by recent events in Ukraine, particularly those working in adult education and human rights. ALA seeks to foster inclusive lifelong learning communities and to equip people with the necessary capabilities to exercise and realise their rights and […]

What works professional learning series workshop 4: Exploring numeracy in our everyday lives

Session 4: Exploring numeracy in our everyday lives This workshop will explore numeracy embedded in everyday life such as cooking, gardening, health management – including concepts such as measurement, fractions etc.     Our facilitators This webinar is free for ALA members, or $65 for non-members. We are offering a discounted price of $400 for […]

Journalist/Professional Writer – Freelancer

Do you have a knack for telling a good story? Are you an amazing journalist/professional writer who loves engaging with the community? Adult Learning Australia is seeking a skilled, experienced, and self-motivated individual with a minimum of 3 years of experience in journalism/professional writing to produce stories for Quest, ALA’s quarterly magazine. Our emphasis is […]

Adult Learning Australia

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