Learn Local Awards 2023 finalists announced

Finalists to compete for local Victorian awards.

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 at 11:00 pm
2023 Learn Local Awards finalists

Students, teachers and Learn Local providers will be recognised for their inspirational efforts in Victoria’s adult and community education sector at this year’s Learn Local Awards.

Minister for Skills and TAFE Gayle Tierney congratulated the 25 finalists for the 17th annual Learn Local Awards, acknowledging their remarkable contribution to their communities.

The awards recognise Victorians across 8 categories, highlighting the achievements of learners, trainers and leaders, as well as programs and partnerships throughout the year.

The breadth of programs and locations represented among the finalists illustrates the significant impact of adult and community education among Victorians.

With 10 of the finalists from regional Victoria, the awards showcase the extensive reach of Learn Locals – from Mildura and Wodonga to Geelong, to Sale and Orbost in the Gippsland region.

Learn Local plays a critical role in Victoria’s post-secondary system, offering a unique community-based learning option with a focus on the individual needs of learners. More than 240 not-for-profit community organisations are registered as Learn Locals.

The awards prize pool offers a total of $84,000, with organisation award category winners receiving $10,000, individual category winners $5,000 and category finalists $1,000.

Winners will be announced at the 2023 Learn Local Awards gala ceremony to be held on 24 November. 

See the finalists and find out more at Learn Local Awards(opens in a new window).

Quotes attributable to Minister for Skills and TAFE Gayle Tierney

'Learn Locals are helping people to transform their lives through community-based education that is focused on the individual needs of learners.'

'Congratulations to all the award finalists this year and thank you for going the extra mile to help Victorians access the skills they need to achieve their goals in work and life.' 

Quote attributable to Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board Chair, Teresa De Fazio

'These awards are a wonderful opportunity for the ACFE Board to recognise the inspirational individuals, programs and providers that are part of the Learn Local sector.  Congratulations to all finalists.'