Sector events

Here is a snapshot of events in 2019 that you may be interested in.




The Power of Community Education

ACEVic Conference, 28 – 29 March 2019, Melbourne

The ACEVic Conference 2019 focuses on emerging research, innovative models of education, and new opportunities for adult learners.

More details here.



European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Conference

16–18 May 2019, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Adult education and learning policy in a world risk society

Seeking abstracts by 18th December 2018

More details here.

Communities in Control

May 20–21, 2019, Melbourne, Victoria

Thought leadership for the not-for-profit sector

More detail here.


22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)

‘No future for old VET’: Researching for the training system/s of tomorrow

17-18 June 2019, Parramatta, Sydney

It is well-recognised that current rapid economic and industrial developments, as well as changes in society, are affecting the demands placed upon VET systems both in Australia and elsewhere. As well, the Australian VET system has had internal challenges which need addressing. To meet all of these challenges, and to plan strategically for the future, a strong research base is needed. This AVETRA conference will bring together VET researchers and those interested in using research to inform policy and practice, to discuss and debate these vital matters.

More details here.




Adult Learner’s Week

September 1, 2019

Adult Learner’s Week Launch

Adult Learners’ Week is a UNESCO initiative supported in Australia by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training and coordinated by Adult Learning Australia. Adult Learners’ Week runs from 1–8 September and incorporates International Literacy Day, which is celebrated annually on September 8.

Adult Learners’ Week in Australia is part of an international festival of adult learning.

More details here.


2019 Australian Council for Adult Literacy Conference

Critical re-imagining: adult literacy and numeracy practices for sustainable development

4-5 October 2019, Sydney

Australia is a signatory to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Agenda has been developed as ‘a plan for action for people, planet and prosperity’. It is a plan to end poverty and hunger, to protect our planet, to enable all human beings to enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives in peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

This conference invites participants to consider the role of adult literacy and numeracy education in promoting this agenda including the most directly pertinent goal to our field: Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

More details here.