Advocacy

ACEVic is a strong and influential voice

ACEVic is a strong voice and advocate for adult and community education, lobbying government and policy makers on behalf of providers, members and learners.

Inquiry into Victoria's Criminal Justice System

In partnership with Adult Learning Australia (ALA), ACEVic submitted a response to the Inquiry into Victoria’s Criminal Justice System, focusing on education and strategies to reduce rates of criminal recidivism.

Gender Equity in Adult Community Education: Position Statement

Women's Health Victoria and ACEVic strongly believe the gender equity pathway courses meet these aspirational principles and objectives and are aligned to the goals of both the ACFE Board Strategy and the Ministerial Statement. We recommend the ACFE Board and Department of Education and Training approve delivery of the pathways programs as funded pre-accredited courses.

Reform of the Adult Migrant English Program

Working with Learn Local providers who deliver the Australian English Language Program (AMEP), ACEVic submitted a response to the Department of Home Affairs' AMEP reforms discussion paper. Of particular concern is the recommendation the program moves towards an outcomes-based funding model. This could adversely affect the learning experience of some of our most disadvantaged and vulnerable learners as well as be detrimental for provider financial sustainability.

Inquiry into access to TAFE for learners with disability

ACEVic, in collaboration with Adult Learning Australia (ALA) and Neighbourhood Houses Victoria (NHV) submitted a response to the Victorian Legislative Assemble Economy and Infrastructure Committee’s Inquiry into access to TAFE for learners with disability.

Inquiry into access to TAFE for learners with disability (cont.)

Parliament of Victoria - Legislative Assembly, Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Inquiry into access to TAFE for learners with disability.

Skills for Victoria - Independent Review

ACEVic provided a submission to the Skills for Victoria - Independent Review, led by The Hon. Jenny Macklin.

ACEVic stated that more work is needed to appropriately recognise and position the adult community education sector as a vital element of Victoria’s ability to engage and transition adults through education and training. This is critical to facilitating improved life outcomes and supporting the health of our economy and communities.

National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development Review

Along with Adult Learning Australia, Neighbourhood Houses Victoria and Community Colleges Australia, ACEVic submitted a response to the Productivity Commission’s Interim Report review.
Collectively we recommended the national agreement acknowledge the unique model of the Victorian ACE sector and the critical role ACE plays within the post-secondary education system in supporting vulnerable learners and workers.

ACE Sector Statement of Commitment

The Minister for Training and Skills and the Minister for Higher Education, the Hon Gayle Tierney MP, has released a Ministerial Statement outlining a six-year reform agenda for adult community education in Victoria.

The statement recognises that adult and community education plays an integral role in Victoria’s broader education sector. Victoria leads Australia in providing accessible and tailored lifelong learning opportunities for adult learners seeking to develop the skills they need for work, further study, and to participate fully in the Victorian community.