ALA podcasts

Featured podcast: ‘Best-practice’ competency-based assessment In this podcast, Chemène Sinson will cover key knowledge that assessors need to ensure that their assessment practice is of the highest-possible standard. She will help new entrants get ‘up to speed’ with ‘best practice’ assessment, and help experienced assessors refresh skills and remain ‘current’ with their assessment practice. Best-practice’ competency-based assessment’ is…

Adult and community education

Adult Learning Australia is the peak body for adult and community education (ACE) in Australia. ACE in Australia is diverse and varies from state to state. Learn more about ACE in Australia. ACE includes: Aboriginal Community Controlled Education Providers AMES Australia Centre for Adult Education (CAE) (VIC) Community Colleges Community Learning Centres Neighbourhood and Community Houses Telecentres LINC network (TAS) U3As Workers Education…

Recalibrating adult education

Bruce McKenzie

Bruce McKenzie, PSM Despite the structural strength of our educational system, we are a long way from a lifelong learning society. This situation is not because of complacency, but because of deliberate policy decisions that diminished the value and the resources available to anything other than undergraduate programs at a university. The history of lifelong learning in Australia – its rise and decline – is instructive. History can inform…

Media release and submission: ALA welcomes Labor’s shake-up of post-school education

Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body for adult and community education (ACE), welcomes Labor’s commitment to an inquiry into Australia’s post-school education system, and the acknowledgement that the status quo is not working. “This has been a long time coming. Funding cuts and open competition in the VET system have failed both students and employers,” says Jenny Macaffer, CEO. “We need government policy that is focussed on the…

About us

Adults learning through discussion, at a Neighbourhood House in Victoria

Adult Learning Australia (ALA) is the largest national peak body for adult and community education (ACE). We are a not-for-profit entity with both organisational and individual members in all states and territories who reflect the diversity of adult and community education. ALA is primarily funded by membership dues, subscriptions and project revenues. ALA has been in operation for 59 years and has members in every state and territory. ALA is…

Press release: Ensuring access to skills and training for all Australians

PRESS RELEASE 31 January 2017 Adult Learning Australia welcomes the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s focus on ensuring access for all Australians to the skills and training they need for ‘a decent job’ and ‘a good life’. At the National Press Club today, Labor further committed to convening a National Skills Summit to bring together business leaders, unions, education providers and workers. “Adults need new skills to…

The value of adult teaching and learning practices: A story about re/engagement.

This session looked at a recent Ballarat University funded project using narrative analysis which involved interviewing 20 young students between the ages of 16 and 21 years enrolled in alternative out of school programs, namely the ‘young mums program’ located in the Wendouree Community Centre, ‘The Stepping Stones Program’ located in Daylesford, and ‘The Link-Up program’ and ‘Youth Works’ both located in Ballarat. The session looked at how…

NSW positions vacant

Position Business Trainer and Assessor Organisation Inverell Community College Details To train CIII in Business. TAE40110 CIV Training and Assessment, qualifications and experience in business required Contact For further information email: eo@communitycollegeni.nsw.edu.au Close TBA   Position Program Coordinator…

WAVE National Conference – Skills for All Australians: What about women and girls?

WAVE is celebrating 25 years with a National Conference! Skills for All Australians: What about women and girls? WAVE is a national network of women involved in VET, ACE and the broad field of work-related education and training. WAVE provides seminars & workshops, research, policy advocacy and advice, as well as networking on a national and state basis. We are supported within each state by local representation that in turn contributes…

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Adults learning through discussion, at a Neighbourhood House in Victoria

This directory contains information on over 1,000 not-for-profit community education centres right across Australia. Wherever you live, there is likely to be a course or class to suit your needs. How to use this directory To use this directory, simply wait for the map to load before entering your suburb/town and state, then click search. After your search results load, Adult Learning Australia’s members are returned first and highlighted….

ALA LLN Webinar: Validation of ACSF assessment resources

This webinar is for adult language, literacy and numeracy practitioners to come together and look at aspects of quality assessment. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain external validation of tasks mapped to the Australian core Skills Framework (ACSF). The structure for this webinar involves participants sharing one small assessment task or strategy for the group to validate. If you are willing to share an assessment task or strategy,…

ALA LLN Webinar: Validation of ACSF assessment resources

This webinar is for adult language, literacy and numeracy practitioners to come together and look at aspects of quality assessment. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain external validation of tasks mapped to the Australian core Skills Framework (ACSF). The structure for this webinar involves participants sharing one small assessment task or strategy for the group to validate. If you are willing to share an assessment task or strategy,…

ALA LLN Webinar: Validation of ACSF assessment resources

This webinar is for adult language, literacy and numeracy practitioners to come together and look at aspects of quality assessment. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain external validation of tasks mapped to the Australian core Skills Framework (ACSF). The structure for this webinar involves participants sharing one small assessment task or strategy for the group to validate. If you are willing to share an assessment task or strategy,…

ALA webinar: Facilitation techniques that work in 21st century ACE learning environments

The learning landscape is changing. Whilst the principles of adult learning remain largely unchanged, the trainer’s role in helping people learn has evolved. In this interactive webinar we’ll share latest research and techniques that support sustained learning for today’s world of work. Techniques offered will be useful in any delivery mode—face to face, online, or blended. Who will find this webinar useful? Anyone who helps adults learn in any…

ALA Webinar: ‘Best-practice’ competency-based assessment

In this interactive webinar we’ll cover key knowledge that assessors need to ensure that their assessment practice is of the highest-possible standard. We’ll help new entrants get ‘up to speed’ with ‘best practice’ assessment, and help experienced assessors refresh skills and remain ‘current’ with their assessment practice.   Who will find this webinar useful? New or experienced RTO assessors or managers of assessors.   Outcomes By…

ALA Webinar: Lifelong learning communities and cities

What is lifelong place-based learning and why is it important to our communities? Lifelong learning has been gaining momentum for many decades, but it suffers from an identity crisis. The term lifelong learning means different things to different people depending on the lens they are looking through. We live in a fast-changing world, where social, economic and political norms are constantly being redefined. Studies have shown that lifelong…

Press release: A lifelong learning policy for Australia

Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body for adult and community education, welcomes the Hodgman Government’s recognition of adult education as a foundation to building Tasmania’s future and in helping Tasmanians access the skills they need for work and life. Adult Learning Australia’s recent conference in Hobart explored the different ways equitable access to lifelong learning can change people’s lives. At the conference, delegates…

ALA Podcast: Best practice competency-based assessment

’Best-practice’ competency-based assessment In this podcast we’ll cover key knowledge that assessors need to ensure that their assessment practice is of the highest-possible standard. We’ll help new entrants get ‘up to speed’ with ‘best practice’ assessment, and help experienced assessors refresh skills and remain ‘current’ with their assessment practice. ‘’Best-practice’ competency-based assessment’ is the second of four presentations…

ALA LLN Webinar: Validation of ACSF assessment resources

This webinar is for adult language, literacy and numeracy practitioners to come together and look at aspects of quality assessment. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain external validation of tasks mapped to the Australian core Skills Framework (ACSF). This session is all about collaboration and peer appraisal. The structure for this webinar involves participants sharing one small assessment task or strategy for the group to validate….

ALA Podcast: Facilitation techniques that work

Facilitation techniques that work in 21st century learning environments The learning landscape is changing. Whilst the principles of adult learning remain largely unchanged, the trainer’s role in helping people learn has evolved. In this podcast we’ll share latest research and techniques that support sustained learning for today’s world of work. Techniques offered will be useful in any delivery mode—face to face, online, or blended. Who will…

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