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Adult Learning Australia submitted to the Australian Government’s 2018–19 Budget through the pre-Budget submission process. This submission took into account ALA’s policies and the information we gathered from our members through member participation in our conference, forums, webinars and feedback.

You can check out our response here.

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A case study commissioned by the Australian Government funded Whole of Community Engagement initiative (led by Charles Darwin University) documents Yuendumu communities’ experience of literacy development and socio-cultural learning.  The case study has been written to inform discussion and debate, and inspire evidence based action around adult English LLN in the Northern Territory.  We are pleased to share it with you here

A socio-cultural model of literacy provision is underpinned by current social and cultural practices, and local delivery matched to people’s real-life needs, preferences and realities.  This report strongly suggests that the local learning centre model is key to improvement of Aboriginal literacy, to the embedding of literacy and the maintenance of learning over time.

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ALA cosigned a letter to The Honourable Julie Bishop MP supporting Australia’s contribution to the replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The GPE is the only global fund dedicated solely to strengthening education systems in the world’s poorest countries. GPE brings together national governments, donor countries, multilateral agencies, international organisations, foundations, the private sector and civil society to allocate technical and financial resources where they are needed most.

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Nominations are now open for a position on the Board of Adult Learning Australia and we encourage all members, both long term and new, to consider nominating for one of the available positions.

The election of the new Board members will be governed by Clause 22 of the ALA Constitution which reads:

22 Election of the Board

Members of the Board shall be elected for a nominal three (3) year term on a staggered basis, with the members retiring, or seeking re-election, at the end of their term. One third of the board (3 members) being elected annually in conjunction with that year’s Annual General Meeting.

Accordingly, there are three positions available on the Board, each of 3 years duration.

If you would like to know more about what is involved in being a Board member, please read the FAQs Board Membership, or contact ALA President, Christine McCall on (03) 9687 1560 or chris@ycc.net.au.

If you are unsure of the status of your membership, please contact ALA Member Services on (03) 9689 8623 or email membership@ala.asn.au to confirm.

Nominations should be made online using the form below:

Nomination Form: Adult Learning Australia Board Please complete the information below to nominate for a position on the Board of Adult Learning Australia Ltd. Nominations close on Friday 9 March 2018. Elections will be held via postal ballot of all ALA's members with the results announced at the AGM on Friday 20 April 2018. Important: You should receive an email notification after you have submitted this form. Please contact ALA if you do not receive this notification.
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  • I confirm that I am:*
    • A current registered individual member of Adult Learning Australia Ltd, or
    • An official representative of an organisation which is a financial member of Adult Learning Australia.
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  • My nomination is seconded by the following current registered member of ALA:*
  • S/he can be contacted to confirm my candidacy via email at:
  • Or via phone:
  • Statement about my background and skills, in 200 words or less. (This statement will be included in the ballot information, so should be pitched to voting members.)*

Nominations close: Friday 9 March 2018

A postal ballot of all members will then be held between Monday 12 March and Tuesday 10 April 2018.

Results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of ALA, Friday 20 April 2018.

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Adult Learning Australia has a long and proud history of providing a national forum for debate and discussion around adult and community education in Australia. We believe a national policy on lifelong learning will result in strong returns in productivity, participation and active citizenry.

By supporting and sponsoring our summit, you are helping us to bring leaders together around this important issue. You will also gain promotional opportunities and access to speakers – both national and international. Our summit will provide a platform for collaboration with key stakeholders in adult education, community, government and business in order to discuss and reach some consensus on what a formal lifelong learning policy might look like.

We are dedicated to advancing this debate and helping others to do the same. Check out our sponsorship information for details on how your organisation can be an important part of this.

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  • Organisation*
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  • Option 1: $2500

  • Your organisation will feature as a sponsor of the keynote speaker.
  • Your logo will feature prominently on our website with a link from our website to yours.
  • Your logo will feature in our special edition on lifelong learning in the Australian Journal of Adult Learning
  • Your logo will feature in the Summit article in Quest magazine, which has over 5000 subscribers.
  • Your logo will be included in the Summit’s email campaigns with a link to your home page illustrating your support.
  • Your logo and banner will feature prominently at the Summit.
  • Option 2: $1500

  • Your logo will feature prominently on our website with a link from our website to yours.
  • Your logo will feature in our special edition on lifelong learning in the Australian Journal of Adult Learning
  • Your logo will feature in the Summit article in Quest magazine, which has over 5000 subscribers.
  • Your logo will be included in the Summit’s email campaigns with a link to your home page illustrating your support.
  • Your logo and banner will feature prominently at the Summit.
  • Option 3: $500

  • Host your own event with our keynote speakers.
  • Select your sponsorship package*
    Option 1Option 2Option 3
  • Total
    $ 0.00
  • I would like ALA to issue my organisation an invoice for this sponsorship package.*
    • Yes
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Project and Administration Officer – click for more info.

Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Administration, Education & Training
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Footscray

Applications close February 9th 2018.

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A forum hosted by Melton City Council with partners, Adult Learning Australia, RMIT and the Australian Learning Communities Network, which brought together practitioners from the learning and education sectors to discuss international and national perspectives on lifelong learning. It also introduced local best practice case studies and interactive sessions for participants.Lifelong Learning in Australia Workshop Report November 2017

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About this event
This online panel discussion will kick off the National Year of Lifelong Learning. Come along to be part of an important discussion on the current shape of adult and community education in Australia and to explore possibilities for the future. Our panel will discuss:
  • The impact of viewing adult learning through a narrow vocational prism
  • Ways to disrupt the sector or adapt to changing circumstances – both social and economic
  • The mismatch between ACE policy and practice
  • Why we need a formal policy on lifelong learning.
Panel participants
  • Dr Robbie Lloyd: Robbie Lloyd is based at Skillslink training in NSW (formerly Port Macquarie Community College). He has a background of over 40 years working in all levels of education, including education and training journalism, with a passion for community based experiential learning.
  • Richard Vinycomb: Richard Vinycomb has run two award winning adult and community education centres in NE Victoria and currently on the far North Coast of NSW. He is on an ASQA reference group, a local government business incubation group, and the Board of Co-operative Learning Ltd.
  • Sally Brennan: Sally Brennan has spent 22 years as CEO of Upper Yarra Community House. She is an ACFE and ACEVic Board member and a senior project manager Learn Local Partnerships at Swinburne University.
  • Ros Bauer: Ros has extensive experience in adult education as a language literacy numeracy practitioner. She is part of the NT LLN Network Group and is the educational consultant to the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation.
About the facilitator

Karen is a researcher with the Public Pedagogies Institute, which provides a platform for engagement and exchange between practitioners, researchers and organisations working in the areas of learning and teaching in the community or outside formal education institutions. Her research areas relate to public reflection, representation of place and memory and learning that occurs outside of formal institutions.

How to participate

Access all ALA webinars for FREE with an ALA membership.

Not sure of your member status or your member log-in details? Contact us at membership@ala.asn.au for assistance. To register for the webinar, click below and follow the onscreen instructions. (If you don’t receive an email confirmation, first check your spam and junk folders, then contact us for further assistance.)

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About this event

Young Entrepreneurs is an exciting new program for teens and young adults that is designed to help them turn a hobby or interest into a viable business in a short period of time.

This pilot program ran in Port Macquarie in 2017. Through this webinar Andrew will share some of its successes, including information about:

  • the resources for students
  • the valuable input of community mentors
  • how they built a positive learning culture amidst a diverse group of students
  • how they developed self-belief, confidence and passion
  • how to get a complete road-map to run the Young Entrepreneurs course in your college or school.
About the facilitator

This webinar will be presented by Andrew Lord. Andrew is a qualified designer, author, father of 5, entrepreneur and educator of 15 years. In recent years he has specialised in personalised learning programs and the project based learning approach. He now works as an adult learning trainer and helps young people and family-focused business people live their best life through his 2 coaching practices: BU Coaching & Tuition & Blueprint Life Coaching.

How to participate

Access all ALA webinars for FREE with an ALA membership.

Not sure of your member status or your member log-in details? Contact us at membership@ala.asn.au for assistance. To register for the webinar, click below and follow the onscreen instructions. (If you don’t receive an email confirmation, first check your spam and junk folders, then contact us for further assistance.)

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About this event

This presentation demonstrates the contributions made to adult learners and their whānau/family (nuclear and extended) through whānau literacy programmes in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Over 500 adult learners and their whānau have been positively affected as a result of their participation in programmes across Aotearoa, New Zealand over the past 5 years.

This presentation sets the context about adult literacy in Aotearoa and the key lessons learnt around the design, delivery and implementation of successful whānau literacy programmes.

About the facilitators
Bronwyn Yates: CEO, Literacy Aotearoa
Jo Nuttal: Manager, Literacy Aotearoa
Cameron Forbes: Manager, Literacy Aotearoa
How to participate

Access all ALA webinars for FREE with an ALA membership. Not sure of your member status or your member log-in details? Contact us at membership@ala.asn.au for assistance.

To register for the webinar, click below and follow the onscreen instructions. (If you don’t receive an email confirmation, first check your spam and junk folders, then contact us for further assistance.)

Registration opening soon.

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