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.”

New Digital Download Resources: 

Policy Briefing 3 – Regional Intensive Universities (NEW!)

Earlier policy briefings from PASCAL International Observatory have highlighted the importance of learning for the future of cities and of city authorities themselves demanding more of the universities and other higher education institutions within their regions. This briefing is focussed on the development of an effective regional role in regional development by these higher education institutions themselves.

Community Development Division Rockingham Learning City Strategy 2013-2016

 The Learning City Strategy has been developed in response to the Rockingham Community Plan which aligns with aspiratons for a vibrant community, enjoying access to a wide range of educational, cultural and artistic activities and a wide range of other social opportunities (City of Rockingham Community Plan 2011-2015, Aspiration 3) 1 The Learning City approach requries stakeholders to collaborate and innovate to address learning needs of the whole Rockingham community and ensure that learning continues to evolve to meet the increasing emphasis of the knowledge based economy. Its success relies on shared learning between generations and cultures and recognition of the capacity of each individual to be both a teacher and a learner. To this end, the structured plans and strategies contained within the Learning City Strategy will support stakeholders in the identification of learning needs and the development of new programs that support lifelong learning opportunities that are relevant and responsive to community needs.

Learning Together 4 Strategy – Hume – 2014-2017
The Learning Together 2030 strategy comprises three goals and a number of associated objectives. In developing LT4 these objectives were reframed as outcomes to more closely align with Council’s current approach to planning and measurement. The Learning Together 2030 strategy will be reviewed in 2017 in line with the development of the next action plan. LT4 is driven by the following three goals and learning outcomes. The community benefits will be measured and evaluated using the identified outcome measures…

Lifelong Learning Townsville – Strategic Action Plan 2012-2014
The Lifelong Learning Strategic Action Plan 2012-2014 recognises the importance of learning to developing a strong vibrant and economically sustainable community. The plan has been developed from a variety of engagement activities and discussions with key community representatives, organisations and community members from the community. The Learning Audit that we undertook in 2011 investigated the extent of learning facilities, services and providers in the city and identified opportunities to develop access and the provision of learning so that the community will benefit fully from learning opportunities available. Our aim through this engagement and for the coming implementation of the Lifelong Learning Strategic Action Plan is to develop true partnerships between council and community members as we strive to meet the learning needs of our community.

As the world around us changes, learning for all throughout life is an essential requirement to maintain employability, achieve personal fulfilment, build caring and cohesive communities, and add to quality of life.In recognition of the central role of learning in life, Brimbank City Council developed its first Community Learning Strategy through a consultative process with residents and service providers during 2009-10. The Community Learning Strategy 2010-2013 was adopted by Council in 2010.

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




Site Maintenance:

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.