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Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

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2020

Adult Learners Week celebrates 25 years in Australia. NSW Government launches ACE Policy Statement. Tasmanian Government launches Adult Learning Strategy. Adult Learning Australia celebrates 60 years.

2019

Victorian Government commits to supporting and strengthening the ACE sector through the Ministerial Statement ‘The Future of Adult Community Education in Victoria’ 2020–25.

2018

ALA launches the ‘Year of Lifelong Learning’ campaign and summit calling for a national lifelong learning policy.

2017

Final AJAL editorial by Dr Tony Brown after 5 years. Dr Trace Ollis appointed new AJAL editor.

2015

National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) in the UK becomes the National Learning and Work Institute.

2014

ALA expresses concerns about the widespread marketisation of VET in Australia.

2012

Amendment to Education and Training Reform Act enables CAE to be governed by the Box Hill Institute Board. Final AJAL editorial by Professor Roger Harris after almost 23 years. Dr Tony Brown appointed new AJAL editor.

2008

The Ministerial Declaration on Adult Community Education recognises the role of ACE in providing pathways to further education and training for ‘second chance’ learners.

1998

Australian Journal of Adult and Community Education changes to Australian Journal of Adult Learning.

1997

UNESCO Hamburg conference acknowledges the value of adult education. Beyond Cinderella: Towards a learning society seeks to bring together national ACE & VET policy

1995

First Adult Learners’ Week celebrated in Australia (10-16 Sept).

1993

The National collaborative adult English language and literacy strategy provides a blueprint for governments to work together with industry and the community sector to develop and deliver an integrated national literacy and language strategy.

1992

First Adult Learners Week celebrated in the UK.

1991

Come in Cinderella: The emergence of adult and community education Senate Report formally recognises ACE as the fourth sector of education and highlighted features that differentiated it from other sectors i.e. its lifelong learning philosophy and role in giving people a ‘second chance’ to overcome shortcomings in previous formal education and training. ACE formally recognised […]

1990

World Conference on ‘Education for all’ emphasises access to quality basic education for all. Training Reform Agenda aims to increase productivity  through industry reform of the VET system. Mezirow publishes major works on critical, transformative and emancipatory learning. New journal title Australian Journal of Adult and Community Education edited by Professor Roger Harris.

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