Who we work with

Following is a list of organisations which support the Learn Local adult and community education and training sector.

Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board

The ACFE Board is a statutory authority of the Victorian Government. Its role is to plan and promote adult learning, allocate resources, develop policies, and advise the Minister for Training and Skills on matters related to adult education in Victoria. Through the Board, the Victorian Government provides funding to Learn Local organisations, and two adult education institutions, the CAE and AMES Australia, 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. Receiving ACFE Board funding is the only condition for being part of the Learn Local network brand. The Board is supported by the Department of Education and Training's TAFE and Participation Division located within the Higher Education and Skills Group.

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

Adult and Community Education Victoria (ACEVic)

ACEVic is a peak body for the adult community education sector. ACEVic provides a range of services to support organisations’ Committees of Management with their obligations as employers. It also provides support to Boards and Committees of Management and their management staff with Human Resources and Industrial Relations advice.

For more information, see: acevic.org.au

Neighbourhood Houses Victoria (NHV)

The NHV is the peak body for Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres in Victoria. NHV currently has a membership of over 370 organisations, which includes just about all the Neighbourhood Houses and Neighbourhood Centres in the state.

For more information, see: www.nhvic.org.au

Adult Learning Australia (ALA)

ALA is the national peak body for adult and community education with organisation members in each state and territory of Australia. ALA provides services to adult community education providers including a national professional-development conference, they support Adult Learners' Week, and celebrate achievements in adult learning with the Australian Annual Adult Learning Awards. ALA produces a quarterly e-magazine, Quest, and they publish the Australian Journal of Adult Learning, a peer-reviewed journal containing information and analysis of the theory, research and practice of adult education and learning.

For more information, see: ala.asn.au

ACE DisAbility Newtork

The ACE DisAbility Network supports Learn Local organisations to better meet the diverse needs of learners with a variety of disabilities by educating and supporting the Learn Local sector to develop inclusive policy and practice. Topics include: Disability awareness definitions, services and technical support services; legislation and obligations; classroom resources; services and support; funding options. The Network supports and assists the community by: promoting information sharing with respect to disability; providing training and professional development on a wide range of disability issues; promoting the development of strong networks that strengthen and improve service delivery to people with disability; providing support, advice and practical assistance to adult education and community providers in order that they may work more effectively with people with disability

For more information, see: www.acedisability.org.au

Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

ACPET is the national industry association for independent providers of post-compulsory education and training, for Australian and international students: Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training, English Language Courses, Senior Secondary Studies, Foundation Studies.

For more information, see: www.acpet.edu.au

Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV)

The CEAV is a not for profit association that represents school-based careers practitioners and related professionals – this includes school staff in the careers role, VET coordinators, MIPS coordinators and Work Experience Coordinators. The prime role of the association is to provide professional development to members.

For more information, see: www.ceav.vic.edu.au

Community Colleges Australia (CCA)

CCA is a peak body representing not-for-profit community owned providers of adult and youth education, training and learning in a local environment. They aim to: increase the awareness of the sector and its place in the economic and social fabric of the nation; build business opportunities for their members; and advocate at all levels of government on the value of their members' undertakings.

For more information, see: www.cca.edu.au

Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLEN)

LLENs connect employers, education and training providers, government groups, agencies and individuals to help turn business and community needs and ideas into new and innovative programs for young people. LLENs work particularly to assist those at risk of making poor transitions from compulsory schooling to the next stage of their lives and careers. For education and training providers, joining a LLEN can help to target programs to real needs in the community. LLENs are managed by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. There are 31 LLENs in Victoria.

For more information, see: www.llen.vic.gov.au

University of the Third Age (U3A)

U3A Network Victoria is an incorporated association with 99 Member U3As and over 26,000 individual members of those Member U3As. The central role of the Network is the promotion and co-ordination of the U3A movement in Victoria and representation of the movement to the general public, peer bodies in the seniors sector, and other government or community interests. The network provides information through its hardcopy newsletter, their website, its electronic monthly news sheet, quarterly Council, and a variety of workshops, one-off communications and publications.

For more information, see: www.u3avictoria.com.au

Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC)

VALBEC is a not for profit, volunteer managed, professional organisation that has represented the adult literacy, numeracy and basic education fields in Victoria for over 30 years. Their core business is to provide information and professional development support for members and the wider field. Central to the role of the committee is advocacy and advice on curriculum, government policy and matters that impact on practitioners and learners in Victoria and nationally through their links with Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL).


For more information, see: www.valbec.org.au


The YouthCentral website offers a range of information and advice to Victorian young people on issues like jobs, study, travel, money and events in local areas. On the site is information about: jobs and employment programs; studying and training opportunities; interview techniques, career profiles & resume templates; local services and resources, and; competitions and downloads. YouthCentral supports Learn Local through the promotion of services to its target market/audience.

For more information, see: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au