Skip to main content

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia


National Volunteer Week 2012

‘Volunteers – Every One Counts’ National Volunteer Week (NVW) will be celebrated this year from the 14-20 May 2012. National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities and to say thank you to the more than 6.4 […]


A three-year trial of virtual English language tuition using the National Broadband Network (NBN) will help new migrants settle into regional communities, the Australian Government announced earlier this month. The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said the $5.1 million trial […]


  Minister for Social Inclusion Mark Butler and Assistant Treasurer Mark Arbib today announced the membership and terms of reference of a new working group that will consider ideas for better delivering the support currently provided through tax concessions to the not-for-profit (NFP) sector. The Gillard Government provides the NFP sector with significant support through […]

Applications for the 2012 Australian Training Awards National Focus categories are NOW OPEN.

The National Focus categories recognise outstanding contributions towards the attainment of Australia’s national vocational education training system (VET) priorities. In particular, the National Focus categories acknowledge contributions of individuals, schools, businesses and organisations which have had a significant impact on the VET sector. In 2012, categories include: Community Pathways to VET Award This Award recognises community-based, not-for-profit organisations that demonstrate […]

2012 ALA Conference in Byron Bay

The 52nd annual ALA conference will be held in NSW’s stunning Byron Bay on the 11th and 12th October 2012.

This year’s conference theme is Lifelong learning equals resilient communities.

New Autumn Learning in Tasmania with LearnXpress

Creating mouthwatering Greek delicacies or developing a passion for singing are just some of the exciting new skills Tasmanians can learn this Autumn through LINC Tasmania’s LearnXpress courses. The Autumn LearnXpress guide, published in newspapers tomorrow, details a range of courses in leisure and lifestyle activities, as well as work and life skills.   Tutors […]

Call for proposals on the NBN-enabled Education and Skills Services program

A call for proposals for the NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Services (NBN-EESS) Program was announced on 1 December 2011. The call for proposals will close on Friday 3 February 2012 at 5:00 pm (AEST). The program will support the development and trialing of innovative online education and skills services that take advantage of the high […]

People Power Pledge: One dollar a week for social solutions

Would you donate $1.00 per week to create a Community Contract Centre to teach traditional life skills to socially sensitive members of your local area? Lyn Bell (centre) with supporters of the People Power Pledge (l-r) Brad Ryan, Manfred Stephens and Thelma and Mick Roberts. Lyn Bell has a vision to create a community learning […]

2011 ALA Conference papers available

The papers from this year’s ALA conference—Celebrating Adult Learning Spaces—are now available online. Click here to view.

It’s never too late to learn to read

The National Year of Reading 2012 was given a grant by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to run a writing competition as part of Adult Learners’ Week 2011. The aim was for the creation of exciting, inspiring and challenging stories to support and encourage adult learning, and to highlight the […]

September Quest now available

ALA’s latest issue of Quest magazine is now available. This edition features interviews with innovative Indigenous educator, Kathryn Gilbey and Australia’s delegate to the UN Commission for the Status of Women, Elaine Butler. Read it here.

Minister Hall announces Learn Local Award winners

A young woman who overcame adversity to continue with her education, in fact now studying for a Bachelor of Business, has been named the state’s ‘Outstanding Learner’ in the 2011 Victorian Learn Local Awards. Jessica McKenzie, who was asked to leave school at 14 and later had her family home destroyed in the Black Saturday […]

Latest edition of Quest now available

ALA’s second edition of Quest magazine for 2011 is now available. This edition features stories about the Global VET and Lifeskills forum held earlier this year, as well as profiling a learning centre that is doing amazing things with sustainability and ‘greening’ strategies. Check it out here.

2011 AGM

The 2011 ALA Annual General Meeting will be held at CAE Melbourne on Monday 26th September at 4.30 p.m. Nominations are currently being accepted for one of three vacant positions on the Board. If you have not received a nomination form in the mail, please contact Raelene Hodge

Victorian funding round now open

The Hon. Peter Hall MP, Minister for Education and Training, has announced that the second round of the Capacity Innovation Fund, administered by the Adult Community and Education Board (ACFE), is now open. $3 million is being made available by the ACFE board for Victorian Learn Local providers to deliver innovative and projects in local […]

Adult Learning Australia

Adult Learning Australia