Membership of the Learn Local Network

How to become a registered Learn Local organisation

Registered Learn Local organisations provide quality vocational courses for adults. Their government-supported programs help learners boost their earning potential, improve literacy skills and transition into new learning pathways.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply to be registered with the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board. Registered organisations are eligible to receive Government funding to deliver pre-accredited programs and to apply for a range of other supports. This pool of funds supports organisations build their capacity to deliver outcomes for their learners.

The ACFE Board has developed guidelines relating to the eligibility of organisations to be registered as a Learn Local organisation with the ACFE Board.

For more information on the ACFE Board, see: Adult, Community and Further Education Board

For more information on registration with the ACFE Board, see: Guidelines and Criteria for Registration with the Adult, Community and Further Education Board (doc - 146.5kb)

For more information on additional funding support, see: ACFE Board Capacity and Innovation Fund.

Business and governance status assessment

As part of the ACFE Board's funds allocation process, adult community education organisations are required to have an independent qualified person undertake an assessment of their business and governance status. This includes identifying if they have the business systems in place to manage a funding relationship with Government. The ACFE Board has developed guidelines which set out the process and the criteria for assessing the business and governance status of registered organisations.

See:   Guidelines for assessing the business and governance status of ACFE Board registered organisations (docx - 87.59kb)   

For more information, contact your local regional office: Regional Contacts - Participation Branch.


Organisations are usually registered up to three years. Renewing registration with the ACFE Board involves a similar process to initial registration.

Delivering accredited programs

To deliver accredited programs in vocational education and training (VET), organisations must be Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Accredited programs include the following nationally recognised courses and qualifications:

  • Certificates I to IV
  • Diplomas
  • Advanced Diplomas

Learn Local organisations can apply to the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) to become a Registered Training Organisation. An education organisation can become a RTO when the VRQA is satisfied that it is able to meet the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF 2007) Essential Standards for Registration.

For further information about becoming a RTO and maintaining RTO status, see: Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

ACFE Board purchase of accredited programs

Government funding to support the delivery of accredited training is managed through Higher Education and Skills Group, on behalf of the ACFE Board. 

For further information for RTOs about applying to deliver government-funded accredited training places, see: Funding