Our Mission

The ALCN exists so that Australia becomes a nation of connected, life-long learning communities

What does the ALCN do?

The ALCN leads advocacy to commonwealth and state governments, educational institutions, businesses and community organisations to grow life-long learning communities.

The ALCN facilitates the co-creation of knowledge and support for practitioners.


 Jo Patten Learning Coordinator has written:

“there are some great resources on your website which I am finding very useful.”

The UNESCO Learning City Award 2017 is now open for applications!


Many cities around the world are committed to developing innovative strategies that will help them transform their cities into learning cities. The Award aims to recognize and showcase good practice in building learning cities around the world. We hope that the Award will provide cities with the recognition they deserve and further inspire the building of learning cities.

We cordially invite cities from around the world to submit their applications. They can do this by:

  1. Filling in the Award Application Form and gathering any necessary supporting information.
  2. Ensuring the Award Application Form is signed by the mayor.
  3. Signing the Consent Form.
  4. Scanning and emailing the application to their country’s National Commission for UNESCO.

The closing date for applications is 31 August 2016. Further information can be found on the UNESCO GNLC website: http://learningcities.uil.unesco.org/about-us/learning-city-award.

In order to apply for the UNESCO Learning City Award, cities must be members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. Membership of this Network is free of charge and open to cities around the world that share the vision of promoting education and lifelong learning in their communities.

New Digital Download Resources: 

Check out these new documents added to the digital resources page for site members!

Global Network of Learning Cities – Newsletter Vol. 2, No. 3: July to October 2015 (New!)

Guidelines for Building Learning Cities (NEW! November 2015)

Mexico City Statement on Sustainable Learning Cities (NEW! November 21 2015)

A complete list of resources can be found here: Resource Library


Site Maintenance:

August 12th to September 8th 2016 – Our website was offline due to a hacker compremising the server system. All user account information is secure. Thanks for your patience.

November 21 2015 – Site will be brought down for platform updates for a period of 2 hours from 1:00am to 3:00am

September 11 2015 – Site brought down for general maintenance between 11pm and 12:30am

October 10 2014 – We are adding a paid members area so that we can ‘trial’ paid members only content, presently not available on the website. We thankyou for your patience during this time.

October 09 2014 – The digital resources have now been split so that our newsletters can have their own page.