Greens position on adult and community education

Senator Mehreen Faruqi – Spokesperson for Education and Lifelong Learning

How does your party recognise the role of Adult and Community Education in the Australian education system?

Lifelong learning is at the very core of the Greens’ principles on education. The Greens believe that education is a right of people at all stages of life and that all people are entitled to free, well-funded and high quality, life-long public education and training. Adult and community education is a core part of lifelong learning. Guaranteeing universal access to adult education will help us build a more equitable society and prepare for the ever changing nature of work.

What plans does your party have for funding ACE nationally?

The Greens’ have a plan to transform the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector by removing Federal funding from for-profit private providers. The community not-for-profit adult education and VET sectors should be supported to complement publicly funded TAFE.

Our core principles include providing access and making participation in adult and community education more equitable for Indigenous Australians, people living in remote areas and those suffering from disadvantage, including socioeconomic disadvantage. Inclusive and equitable adult and community education is a public good that must be a policy and funding priority.

What are your priorities for ACE research, including a national data collection for ACE?

The Greens support robust research into lifelong learning. It’s only through understanding what the community needs that effective policies can be developed and implemented.

What are your party’s priorities for ACE programs?

The Greens are a strong voice for the VET sector and have always advocated for adult education and lifelong learning to be a focus of national strategies. The Greens will continue their focus on lifelong learning and ensure access is expanded so that no one is deprived of opportunities to engage or re-engage in learning at any stage of life.

What is your party’s strategy to build LLN skills in the workplace?

The Greens’ recognise the need to build LLN skills development into the workplace through employer engagement. Improving numeracy and literacy skills of everyone must be a priority.

Learn more

Read Senator Mehreen’s commentary ‘Building a just society.’

Read Greens national plan to ensure access to English language.

For more details see the Greens Education policy.

Return to our Federal election 2019 page.


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