About Us

Community Colleges Australia (CCA) lobbies for greater recognition of and enhanced support for the community education sector, to achieve the social, economic and cultural aspirations of the diverse Australian communities where our members operate.

As the national “voice” of not-for-profit community education providers, CCA advocates with a range of government portfolios on the benefits achieved by community learning provision. As the education sector continues to evolve and population demographics change, CCA encourages governments to recognise community education providers as essential community centres of “connectivity and learning”. These centres offer learning options for all, notably:

  • Education and training for persons with a disability
  • Migrants and others who need 'second-learning' opportunities
  • Lifelong and personal learning
  • Social inclusion for older and vulnerable people
  • Encouraging young people to participate in education and training that leads to a sustainable future, through providing employment and job readiness skills, including a growing network of not-for-profit community-based high schools
  • Health, wellbeing and care
  • Indigenous community development
  • Community safety and child protection
  • Juvenile and corrective services participants

CCA also provides “thought leadership” in public, media and community discussions, leading towards the improved recognition of and funding for community education and training in Australia.

Our Vision

For Australia to achieve more dynamic and vibrant communities, informed and empowered through learning.

CCA is committed to assisting our members through upholding the following values:


CCA will never compromise on professional and ethical standards. We will be open and honest with members and stakeholders while respecting confidentiality. We shall encourage all members and our staff to treat each and all with dignity and respect. We will accept responsibility for our actions.


CCA will continuously improve what we do, share our knowledge to support members and collaborate with members to achieve the right outcomes. We are committed to learning from our experiences.


CCA aims to consistently meet members needs and communicate regularly providing relevant information for our members and stakeholders. We will assess the impact of decisions and external factors on members and listen, anticipate and act on members needs.


We encourage fresh ideas and follow them through. We aim to find smart ways to deliver the best results and use our collective experience to seek solutions to problems. We will act upon new opportunities.


CCA adopted a new Constitution on 22 May 2018; view a copy of the Constitution here.

ACNC Registration

CCA is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). View our registration details here.

Strategic Plan 2017-2020

The CCA Directors approved the next three year Strategic Plan at their board meeting in October 2016.  View the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan here

CCA Code of Ethics

CCA adopted an updated Code of Ethics in May 2019, which affirms the professional and ethical standards expected of its members. You can view a copy of our Code of Ethics here.

Our History

Community Colleges Australia (CCA) was launched in 2007 in Canberra and was established as the peak body for not-for-profit community-owned learning organisations across Australia. As long-established learning organisations located in metropolitan, regional and rural locations, community education providers are strategically placed to focus on individual learners and enhance student welfare. Community-based providers are committed to both employment outcomes as well as personal development of our learners.

While CCA as an industry association is a relatively new entity, our members have been providing flexible and dynamic learning opportunities to individuals, groups and businesses for a very long time – in some instances more than 100 years.

The community education sector delivers accredited vocational education and training (VET) to hundreds of thousands of people each  year, from pre-vocational through to Advanced Diploma courses across a diverse range of skill requirements and industry areas.

As well as delivering vocational education and training, CCA members also offer a range of learning opportunities, including non-accredited training, lifestyle and lifelong and cultural learning courses – education for which they are historically well-known. These educational activities help build self esteem, re-engage ‘missing’ learners and provide social networks for older or vulnerable people.

Community providers offer an understanding of the learning and training needs of individuals, community groups and businesses. CCA members recognise that the result of encouraging and increasing individuals’ training needs can be more vibrant and cohesive communities.

Australia’s not-for-profit education providers deliver practical and relevant education and training with supportive learning environments. Any financial surpluses from their not-for-profit activities are reinvested back into the communities that they serve. Our members are all 'for purpose' organisations that enhance employment prospects, leisure aspirations and social inclusion.

CCA acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of our land, and that our Sydney office is located on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.