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.

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


View a copy of our Constitution here.

CCA Code of Ethics

In February 2017, CCA adopted a Code of Ethics, which affirms the professional and ethical standards expected of its members. You can view a copy of our Code of Ethics here.

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.