Sector events

Here is a snapshot of events in 2018 that you may be interested in.




ACEVic 2018 conference

March 15–16 2018, Melbourne

Smart and sustainable

The 2018 Adult and Community Education Victoria conference explored smarter ways to work that create flexible and viable options for not-for-profits.


ALA summit: Towards a national lifelong learning policy for Australia

April 17 2018, Melbourne

From ideal to real

This Summit put lifelong learning centre stage by bringing together leaders from across adult education, community, social services, government and business to build a vision for lifelong learning in Australia.

More details here.


Victorian Adult Literacy Basic Education Council (VALBEC)

May 18 2018, Melbourne

Literacy 4.0: Preparing for new workplaces and literacy education practices

Workplaces are said to be in the middle of a ‘fourth industrial revolution’, following the earlier transformations brought about by steam, electricity and digitisation. It is often referred to simply as ‘Industry 4.0’. The emerging ‘smart’ factories in Industry 4.0 increasingly rely upon automation augmented by artificial intelligence, the crowdsourcing of tasks, and the use of freelance workers engaged in micro-tasking.

More details here.




Better Boards Conference 2018

August 2–9 2018, Adelaide

Customer-centric governance – driving social impact

This conference is on governance and leadership for not-for-profit organisations.

More details here.

NCVER (National Centre for Vocational Education Research)

August 15–17 2018, Melbourne

No frills

‘No Frills’ is a well-known annual national conference where researchers and practitioners in the vocational education and training (VET) sector come together to present, discuss and share information about key issues confronting the sector. By partnering with New Zealand, this year’s conference will provide an excellent opportunity to highlight international evidence for benchmarking policy best practice. The 2018 conference program will focus on Skills for a global future: working and learning together.

More details here.

Learn Local

August 30–31 2018, Melbourne

Learning together

This two-day conference provides an opportunity for Learn Local providers to reflect and share the successes of the sector, network and participate in professional development opportunities.

Fully funded by the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board, the conference is designed to support and develop the work of Learn Local providers.

More details here.


Adult Learner’s Week

September 4, 2018

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.

ACAL (Australian Council for Adult Literacy)

September 12–14 2018, Melbourne

Learning in diverse communities

The 2018 ACAL conference will provide delegates with a wide range of opportunities to engage in dialogue around research and practice. Practical sessions will enhance our understanding of how learners’ personal histories can help or hinder their engagement with language, literacy and numeracy. The conference title ‘Learning in diverse communities – Strengths, Reflections, Questions’ sets the process by which every educator can pause to consider their practice in the light of theories and understandings of learners from diverse backgrounds.

More details here.


ACTA (Australian Council of TESOL Associations)

October 2–5 2018, Adelaide

English language learning in a mobile world

Driving attention to the reality of local and global mobility for TESOL learners and educators, this conference will contribute to the ongoing examination of the theories and practices underpinning the TESOL field, and will project into future directions, whether as policy, pedagogy, materials design, assessment or community involvement. In the context of increasing mobility through digital technology as well as global unrest and greater recognition of the need for improved outcomes for Indigenous students, the conference offers an opportunity for a re-examination of the profile of our English language learners and the implications for TESOL practice.

More details here.

Jobs Australia

October 3–5 2018, Melbourne

Transitioning through change

The Jobs Australia conference will focus on a range of issues affecting community and employment services and the strategic and operating opportunities that lie ahead.

More details here.

Community Summit 2018

October 22 2018, Perth


Looks at the value of place-based, community-managed Neighbourhood and Community Resource Centres and the role they play in the creation of healthy, vibrant and resilient communities.

More details here.

World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics

8-10 October 2018, Melbourne

Preparing for the future skills

Explores new challenges in vocational and professional education and training arising from advances in technologies and automation and the impact on work, societies and peoples who may be displaced due to changing economic and global circumstances.

More details here.


22 October 2018, Perth

REFRESH – Reflection | Inspiration | Celebration

A day of:

  • Reflection on the year gone by
  • Inspiration for the year to come (from your peers; from community development expert Cormac Russell; from the Linkwest crew), and
  • Celebration of the great work you have continued to do in very challenging circumstances

More details here.

Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)

October 26 2018, Canberra

VET research perspectives: Issues, practices, insights

This day-long forum continues the AVETRA tradition of research presentation, critique and engagement within the vocational education and training (VET) sector. It is designed for VET researchers to present their research, to learn from each other and to engage in dialogue with other stakeholders in the nation’s VET system.

More details here.


Community Colleges Australia (CCA)

November 13–15 2018, Sydney

Taking the lead: Building community

CCA’s annual conference with four streams: leadership and governance, building skills, community and economic development and social justice.

More details here.

Mechanics Institute Australia 2018 Conference

November 16–18 2018, Ballarat Victoria

Celebration and survival.

More details here.

The Not for Profit People Conference

November 19–20 2018, Melbourne

Focusses on how to attract, manage, train and retain the best people for the NFP sector.

More details here.

Public Pedagogies Institute Conference 

November 22–23 2018, Footscray, Melbourne

Transmissions—knowledges and public spaces

More details here.


Australian Council of Deans of Education

6–7 December 2018, Melbourne

Building confidence in VET practice

4th Annual Conference on VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education.

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.