Adult Learning Australia Celebrates 60 years of progress and camaraderie


ALA Australia is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020. As part of these celebrations, a virtual webinar was organised by Dr Tracey Ollis, Editor in Chief to launch a special issue of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning.

The webinar entitled ‘Looking Back, Casting Forward- 60 Years Anniversary’ was opened by the President Dr Annette Foley who reminded us of the importance of adult learning and education in Australia as having been dynamic, and having a key role in solving some of the biggest challenges of our time.

Key speaker was Adjunct Professor Barry Golding who spoke about the development of the organisation and hopes and expectations for the organisation for the future.

One of the things that struck me most was the similarity in the goals and challenges as they have developed in Australia and many European countries. The virtual forum brought together a wide range of experts and practitioners from across Australia who exchanged views about the power of adult learning and education in changing times and what can be done to generate continued success.

A big challenge in attending these live events is of course the time difference which meant I had an interesting early morning followed by a late rise.       


The webinar is available on YouTube:


Looking back, casting forward- 60 years of Adult Learning in Australia

ALA's 60 year celebration



Rob Mark
PASCAL Learning Cities Coordinator