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Adult, Community and Further Education Board

The Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board is a statutory authority under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (pdf - 1.01mb). Its role is to plan and promote adult learning, allocate resources, develop policies, and advise the Minister for Higher Education and Skills on matters related to adult education in Victoria.

Through the Board, the Victorian Government provides funding to community-based organisations, known as Learn Local organisations, and two adult education institutions, the CAE and AMES, for delivery of education and training programs to a broad range of Victorians over compulsory school-leaving age - young people, older people, people with special needs, people from diverse cultural backgrounds – with a special focus on people who have had limited prior access to education.

Programs are designed to be flexible to meet learners' needs and support them to return to study, improve their literacy and numeracy skills, gain a qualification, broaden their employment options and learn new skills.  As part of the wider Vocational Education and Training sector, Learn Local organisations deliver programs in a range of industry sectors and across the spectrum of qualification levels.

Learn Local organisations provide a unique, community-based context for learning. They have a genuine focus on the individual needs of learners and the flexibility to meet their learning requirements. For this reason Learn Local is particularly suited to meeting the needs of adult learners of all ages who wish to undertake programs that assist them to gain qualifications and employment.

Learn Local organisations are governed by voluntary committees of management whose members are drawn from the local community. They may be small operations with a particular education focus such as basic literacy, or larger, more complex organisations offering programs ranging from basic education to diploma-level qualifications.

The community basis and diversity of the organisations is one of the great strengths of Learn Local. There are more than 300 Learn Local organisations spread across Victoria. These organisations are often the only access point for adults to learning in the area.

The Board works jointly with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

The Board is supported by the Training Participation and Facilitation Division located within the Department of Education's Higher Education and Skills Group.

ACFE Board membership

The Board has 12 members, including a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. Members of the Board are appointed by the Governor-in-Council on the recommendation of the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. The composition of the Board reflects the breadth and diversity of adult education in the community and its links with government, industry and the community sector.

View current members of the ACFE Board (doc - 7.09mb)

ACFE Regional Councils

The ACFE Board has eight Regional Councils across Victoria, each with nine voluntary members who are appointed by the Minister for Higher Education and Skills.

Regional

Metropolitan

​Barwon South Western ​Eastern Metropolitan
​Gippsland ​North Western Metropolitan
​Grampians ​Southern Metropolitan
Hume
​​Loddon Mallee

The role of the Regional Councils is to:

  • provide expertise and local knowledge about adult education needs
  • advise the ACFE Board on regional priorities
  • implement plans and policies that promote and support adult education provision
  • recommend resource allocations to Learn Local organisations in their regions in line with priorities and guidelines established by the ACFE Board.

The ACFE Regional Councils are supported by Participation Branch staff in the four Department of Education Regions, see: Regional Contacts - Participation Branch.

Applications now open for membership on ACFE Regional Councils

The ACFE Board is currently seeking expressions of interest from across the community for membership on all of the eight Regional Councils of ACFE across Victoria.  The ACFE Board is looking for people who can be a voice for their community in a regional forum that aims to ensure that the region's adult education needs are known and addressed.

Members are appointed by the Minister for up to three years on a voluntary basis and are asked to commit to regularly attending Council meetings and participating in other events or activities as they are able.

We are seeking applications from people who may be interested in vacancies occurring from now until June 2015.

For more information or to complete an application please see:  ACFE Regional Council Information and Application Pack 2014 (docx - 165.83kb).

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