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.