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Through the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, the Victorian Government provides funding to registered Learn Local providers. The Board is supported by the Department of Education and Training's Engagement, Participation and Inclusion Division located within Higher Education and Skills.

The Board and the Learn Local sector partners with the following organisations to support delivery of education and training programs to a broad range of Victorians over compulsory school leaving age.

  • 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.

    Visit: Adult and Community Education Victoria 

  • 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:

    • Quest – a quarterly e-magazine.
    • Australian Journal of Adult Learning – a peer-reviewed journal that includes information and analysis of theory, research and practice of adult education and learning.

    Visit: Adult Learning Australia

  • The ACE DisAbility Network supports Learn Local providers 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 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 so they can work more effectively with people with disability.

    Visit: ACE DisAbility Network

  • The CEAV is a not for profit association that represents school-based careers practitioners and related professionals, including:

    • school staff in the careers role
    • VET coordinators
    • MIPS coordinators
    • Work Experience Coordinators.

    The key role of the association is to provide professional development to members.

    Visit: Career Education Association of Victoria

  • 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
    • advocate at all levels of government on the value of their members' undertakings.

    Visit: Community Colleges Australia

  • ITECA is the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education and vocational education and training sector.

    Visit: Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia

  • 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 to:

    • help those at risk of making poor transitions from compulsory schooling to the next stage of their lives and careers
    • helps education and training providers 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.

    Visit: Local Learning and Employment Network

  • The NHV is the peak body for Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres in Victoria. NHV's current membership includes just about all the Neighbourhood Houses and Neighbourhood Centres in the state.

    Visit: Neighbourhood Houses Victoria

  • U3A Network Victoria supports and advocates for the 108 affiliated U3A organisations in Victoria who have a collective membership of about 38,000 individual members. 

    The U3A Network supports member organisations with resources and guidelines to help organisations, tutors and program managers, to deliver:

    • educational programs
    • physical and social activities for older Victorians.

    Visit: University of the Third Age

  • 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.

    They provide information and professional development support for members and other stakeholders. The committee advocates and provides advice on curriculum and government policy that impacts on practitioners and learners in Victoria and nationally through their partnerships with Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL).

    Visit: Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council

Reviewed 25 July 2021

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