Adult Community Education provides a diverse array of vocational and learner interest focused education and training that fosters the development of skills required for individuals to participate fully in their communities and the economy.

Adult Community Education also contributes significantly to the engagement of learners who experience disadvantage or who are disengaged from learning by providing access to foundation skills and pathways into further learning, community participation and work.

Australian governments will continue to support purpose built, community based approaches to delivery through the Adult Community Education sector.

The national Ministerial declaration on adult community education (PDF, 1.5MB) was endorsed by the Ministerial Council in September 2008 and supports a collaborative approach to Adult Community Education, particularly in relation to its role in the provision of vocationally focused education and training and fostering the development of skills required for individuals, including disadvantaged learners, to participate fully in their communities and the economy.

The National Foundation Skills Strategy for adults (NFSS) was launched in September 2012. The NFSS is a 10-year framework which brings a national focus to improving education and employment outcomes for working age Australians with low levels of foundation skills (language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills). The NFSS recognises the role of adult community education in improving foundation skills.

Adult Learning Australia (ALA) is the national peak body for the Adult and Community Education. ALA offers a range of services to the sector, including publications, conferences, and professional development. ALA is contracted to support the Adult Learners' Week.

Adult Community Education providers

Frequently asked questions about being an Adult Community Education provider.

List of Adult Community Education providers in Queensland by region. An online registration form is included for providers who wish to be added to this listing.

Useful links

Adult Community Education learners

Frequently asked questions

Useful links

News and events

News and events for Adult Community Education providers and learners.


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Last updated 13 December 2018

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