Ministerial Statement on the Future of Adult and Community Education in Victoria 2020-25

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.


Throughout the year ACEVic, has participated in consultations with DET and Minister’s Tierney’s office, providing feedback and recommendations to help inform the statement.


ACEVic supports the Ministerial Statement and the aim to fulfil the Victorian Government’s commitment to uniting the adult community education sector with a focus on learners, and to build recognition of the distinct and invaluable role the sector plays.


It establishes a reform agenda for the six years 2020 to 2025, focusing the Adult, Community and Further Education Board and the adult community education sector on adult literacy, numeracy, employability and digital skills training.


It also identifies a strengthened role for the sector in supporting students to enter and successfully complete further education and training and in upskilling and reskilling low-skilled workers who may be vulnerable to becoming unemployed as work changes.


Please see the Department if Education and Training’s website for a copy of the Ministerial Statement, see: Ministerial Statement on the Future of Adult Community Education in Victoria 2020-25



Pictured at the launch of the Ministerial Statement at Parliament house.

L-R: Sue Geals -ACEVic Board Chair, Maria Peters - Chair ACFE Board, Felicity Williams - ACEVic Deputy Chair, Tamsin Rossiter - ACEVic Executive Officer and Nina Bekkar- ACEVic Board member