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Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia


DIY custom-made coffins

Discussions about death and dying are matter of fact in this coffin making class at West Moonah Community Shed in Hobart. Learning to make personalised caskets breaks down taboos and lowers funeral costs.

Click go the classroom shears

A sheep shearing course has turned life around for Lauren Stirling. She’s one of hundreds benefitting from a Victorian government initiative to address a shortage of shearers and improve access to quality training.

Getting somewhere

The Centre in Wangaratta has rebranded a traditional certificate course in general education for adults. The course encourages adult learners set their own educational and personal goals. And it’s getting great results.

Mentors drive success

Getting a driving licence is tough if you don’t have the money for lessons or someone who is willing to teach you. A learner driver mentoring program in Geeveston Tasmania is changing the lives of new drivers and their teachers.

Australia’s adult literacy crisis

For rugby union star Ian Roberts learning to read and write at age 36 was lifechanging. But for many adults who struggle with low literacy getting the help they need is not so straightforward.

Nautilus offers fresh start

Nautilus College an alternative high school in NSW is offering a fresh approach for young people disengaged from mainstream education, turning tales of truancy into stories of achievement and turning lives around.

COVID learnings

COVID19 has forced adult education organisations offering face to face classes to develop new ways of continuing to offer their services. Three organisations share what they learned from the COVID lockdown.

Headstones from the heart

A course in making headstones is inspiring local Indigenous people to craft personalised tributes to their loved ones. The course offers opportunities not just to learn new skills, but to engage in a process of healing.

The perfect pitch

A mentorship helped Chris Lombardo overcome her fear of public speaking and persuade an audience of philanthropists to fund her projects. She is one of 340 not for profit leaders that The Funding Network has connected with investors.

Leading in adult literacy

Victoria’s Learn Locals are crucial in improving adult literacy skills. But teaching literacy is a specialist skill and that there is a shortage of teachers equipped to do the job. A new training program aims to change that.

Community paper thrives

When the local newspaper office closed its doors in Guyra NSW in 2016, the town’s adult education centre set up a new paper. The Guyra Gazette has proved a hit. And producing it has been a learning experience for everyone involved.

Learning to give back

Loran McKean lacked confidence about her ability to study, but after completing a horticulture course she’s found a new outlook on life and is grateful to give back to the community that welcomed her.

Language is a lifechanger

Ghazal Sharhani was depressed and isolated after she arrived in Australia. But taking English classes opened the door to new friendshiips and now Ghazal dreams of a successful future and a career in pathology.

There’s no stopping Chris

When Chris Roland attended her first class at TAFE SA in 2019 after almost 30 years away from a classroom it was part of a promise she made to herself. It was also the next crucial step in her recovery from domestic violence.

Facebook for English

English language teacher Shveta Bhutani uses a closed Facebook group with her adult students to practise English, build friendships and cultural understanding. And it’s a strategy that’s paying off in face to face classes.

Adult Learning Australia

Adult Learning Australia