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Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

The Australian Association for Research in Education [AARE] is an association of academics engaged in and reporting education research into schools, higher education, learning, teaching, teachers and students. This web site contains writings, conference papers, academic journal, news, information, results, findings, effects, scholarship, literature, data and analyses of education.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

ACCI is the peak council of Australian business associations. The role of ACCI is to represent the interests of business at a national level as well as internationally. The site also contains links to affiliated chambers in each state and territory.

Australian College of Educators

The Australian College of Educators advances the education profession nationally across all sectors and levels for the individual and collective success of Australia’s educators.

Adult Learning Australia Inc (ALA)

Adult Learning Australia promotes and fosters the value of learning. It has a very varied membership, reflecting the extraordinary diversity of adult learning, which includes adult educators in universities, TAFEs, and community education providers. The web site provides links to the latest news; publications; events; projects; special interest groups and general adult learning links.


AUSTAFE is a constituted national association of TAFE managers whose executive consists of representatives from each of the State or Territory Chapters. The website provides information about AUSTAFE Inc and the services on offer to its members

Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

Established in 1992 and with over 400 member organisations, ACPET is now the largest body representing the private education and training sector in Australia.. The web site is predominantly set up for members of the Council but it does provide limited information for non-members to access such as information about ACPET, details of their national conference, contact details and a weekly E-Tech Newsletter (in PDF).

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

The ACTU represents around 1.8 million workers, and is the only peak council and national centre representing the Australian workforce.

Australian Education Union (AEU)

The Australian Education Union has a membership of 155,000 educators who work in public schools, colleges, early childhood and vocational settings in all states and territories of Australia. Members include teachers and allied educational staff, principals and administrators mainly in government school and TAFE systems.

Australian Industry Group (AiG)

The Australian Industry Group began in 1873 as the Metal Trades Industry Association (MTIA). Ai Group is a not-for-profit association that was created to assist Australian industry to become more competitive on a domestic and international level. Our focus has been predominantly in manufacturing with continued growth in non-traditional sectors.

Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD)

AITD, formed in 1971, is the leading national association for the people involved in the training and human resource development professions. This web site has information that includes: About AITD; Latest news – online newsletter, divisional news, online journal, event calendar; a member’s section; useful links

Australian VET Teacher Education Colloquium

AVTEC is a group of people who are all involved with the preparation and development of VET professionals in Australia. It has participants from all the Australian Universities providing VET Teacher Education and also Staff Development personnel in the VET sector. The group would like to encourage a wider appreciation of the important part which teacher/trainer preparation and development plays in the VET sector, and the current issues affecting the role of those involved in this work.

Business Council of Australia (BCA)

The Business Council of Australia is an association of chief executives of leading Australian corporations with a combined national work force of more than 900,000 people. It was established in 1983 to provide a forum for Australian business leadership to contribute directly to public policy debates in order to build a better and more prosperous Australian society.

Business/Higher Education Round Table (B-HERT)

The purpose of the Business/Higher Education Round Table (B-HERT) is to pursue initiatives that will advance the goals and improve the performance of both business and higher education for the benefit of Australian society.

B-HERT is a forum where leaders of Australia’s business, research, professional and academic communities can examine important issues of common interest, to improve the interaction between Australian business and higher education institutions, and to guide the future directions of higher education.

Australian Flexible Learning Network

The Australian Flexible Learning Framework is designed to create and share knowledge about flexible learning and to support its take-up in the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)

HERDSA is a scholarly society for people committed to the improvement of teaching and learning in higher and tertiary education.

TAFE Directors Australia

TAFE Directors Australia is an association of Directors (Presidents) of Institutes of Technology and Technical and Further Education. The website provides access to more information about the association as well as links to media releases, submission documents, speeches and position papers.

TAFE NSW Managers’ Association

The TAFE NSW Managers Association Inc. was established in 1984. It is a professional association with a commitment to promoting excellence in vocational education and training

It offers professional support, but not industrial advocacy, for its members. It is the duly constituted NSW chapter of the Australian Association of Senior TAFE Managers ( AUSTAFE Inc.)

Victorian TAFE Association (VTA)

The VTA is Victoria’s peak employer body for the public providers of TAFE in Victoria. We have as our members all of Victoria’s TAFE Institutes and the four Victorian Multi-sector Universities.



American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)

AAACE provides leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives.

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy. AACC supports and promotes its member colleges through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research and information and strategic outreach to business and industry and the national news media.

The site contains: what’s new, membership information, government relations, communications, book store, career centre, resource centre and hot issues.

European Access Network (EAN)

EAN is the sharing of research and practice to facilitate action on access to higher education.

European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EFVET)

EFVET is a unique European-wide professional association which has been created by and for providers of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in all European countries. Its mission is to champion and enrich technical and vocational education and training through transnational co-operation by building a pan-European network of institutions and practitioners which will: promote quality and innovation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training throughout Europe develop collaboration, mutual co-operation and sharing of good practice; and give colleges a platform of influence in European TVET policy. Developed with the support of the European Commission and the European Institute of Education and Social Policy, EFVET is the only transnational organisation of this type for TVET. Its policy is determined by its member colleges and schools. It collaborates with, but is independent of all government and funding bodies. Its income is derived from membership subscription, grants and sponsorship.

Postsecondary International Network (PIN)

The purpose of PIN is to improve and expand the means by which the technical/community further education college serves its own community, and recognizing the community’s place in an international setting. 

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