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Community Colleges Victoria is a member-based organisation made up of medium
to large adult community education (ACE) Registered Training Organisations (RTO)
spread across Victoria. With 21 members, including the Centre for Adult Education
(CAE) and Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES), Community Colleges
Victoria has a presence in most major regional areas, as well as across metropolitan
Melbourne (see map on page 4). Community Colleges Victoria members make up
around 5% of registered ACFE providers, delivering almost 40% of total ACFE
student contact hours.

Individually, members deliver a diverse range of funded and fee for service programs
and projects at a federal, state and local government level, covering economic and
skills development (such as Vocational Education and Training, Job Network
services, employment programs, Traineeships, small business programs),
community development and social inclusion (such as sport and recreation,
community partnership programs, volunteer programs) and health services, including
programs for aged care and disability.

Collectively, members:
    •   deliver over 2.6M student contact hours (funded through Adult Community
        and Further Education) in Victoria, nearly 40% of total allocated ACFE student
        contact hours
    •   have a combined annual turnover of over $150M
    •   have an average annual turnover of just under $3M
    •   employ over 2,000 people in a full or part time capacity

Community Colleges Victoria (previously known as the Victorian ACE Coalition) was
formed in 2006 in response to the focus from government on developing
sustainability in community organisations. The organisation aims to create and
capitalise on business development opportunities to ensure the growth and
sustainability of members, and the ACE sector as a whole. It will do this by
proactively developing programs to meet needs identified through networks,
research and the connections members have within their local communities and
working with potential funding bodies to finance projects, as well as application for
government projects and programs where they fit within the organisational
Community Colleges Victoria is becoming recognised by government and the private
sector for its potential to deliver programs across the State. Most recently,
Community Colleges Victoria has been approached by the Victorian Institute of
Teachers with a bulk purchasing offer for members, in recognition of the extensive
member coverage which gives increased accessibility for teachers to professional
development at a local level through the newly developed Pdi System.

The organisation is also working closely with several peak and representative bodies
with the view to developing formal partnerships in response to the government focus
on skills development.

As well as identifying and creating business opportunities for members, Community
Colleges Victoria offers collegiate support and professional development for the
Chief Executive Officers and senior management of its member organisations. It also
provides an excellent means of sharing resources and information, and has recently
set up user groups for financial management and VETtrak software.

Community Colleges Victoria provides a voice for members to have input into policy
changes at both the State and Federal Government level. Recently Community
Colleges Victoria members workshopped and submitted a response to the Victorian
Government Discussion Paper, Securing our future economic prosperity, and a
response to the Stronger Community Organisations Project in 2007. Work such as
this provides a useful vehicle for raising the profile of member organisations to
appropriate levels of government, as well as providing a mechanism for collecting a
broad range of views for a more informed input into policy change.

Community Colleges Victoria is also affiliated with Community Colleges Australia, a
national body representing community colleges at a national level. Community
Colleges Australia has been integral to negotiating federal government support for
the introduction of Lifeworks, an innovative personal development program imported
from New Zealand which has the scope to provide wonderful learning and
development opportunities for people who are currently disengaged from
employment and education.

The future for Community Colleges Victoria promises to be an exciting one as we
move toward a time of reform in the VET sector. With the Skills Agenda a high
government priority, Community Colleges Victoria members are well placed to
identify and deliver a range of VET

The ACE sector itself also has an important part to play in today’s political climate, which has identified social inclusion
as a high government priority as a means of addressing disadvantage and “joining social policy and economic policy to
the benefit of both”.
         “The concept of social inclusion in essence means replacing a welfarist approach to helping the
         underprivileged with one of investing in them and their communities to bring them into the mainstream
         market economy.

         It’s a modern and fresh approach that views everyone as a potential wealth creator and invests in their
         human capital.”
         Julia Gillard, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Social Inclusion

The ACE sector is, of course, well placed to play a significant role in this agenda, with Community Colleges Victoria as a
strong voice in the process.


To become a member of Community Colleges Victoria, an organisation must be:
   • registered with the Adult, Community and Further Education Board
   • a Registered Training Organisation
   • be prepared to abide by the Community Colleges Victoria Statement of
      Purposes, Code of Conduct and Rules of Association

The current fee structure is as follows:

    •    Entrance Fee (one-off payment):                            $1,000
    •    Annual Fee (2008):                                         $850
                              Member List
             Adult Community Education Sale Inc. (ACES)
                            Don Ripper (Director)
            Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES)
               Jenni Blencowe (Research and Policy Manager)
                  Community College East Gippsland
                             Ray Ferres (CEO)
                    Continuing Education Bendigo
                            Janet Russell (CEO)
                   Centre for Adult Education (CAE)
               Judith McGannon (Director Education Programs)
            Campaspe College of Adult Education – Echuca
                        Richards Francis (Manager)
            Continuing Education Centre Albury / Wodonga
                         Rodney Wangman (CEO)
                       Otway Community College
                          Peter Macdonald (CEO)
    Djerriwarrh Employment and Education Services – Melton
                           Brian Beveridge (CEO)
                      Education Centre Gippsland
                        Bernadette O’Connor (CEO)
       Geelong Adult Training and Education Inc. (GATE)
                      Leonie O’Neill (Executive Officer)
                       Wimmera Hub – Horsham
                          Bonnie Thompson (CEO)
                   I-Gain Quality Learning – Morwell
                           Jenny Hammett (CEO)
              Kyabram Community and Learning Centre
                            Paddy Turner (CEO)
                            MADEC – Mildura
                      Pat Thorburn (General Manager)
                      Morrison House – Mt Evelyn
                            Jan Simmons (CEO)
                     Narre Warren Learning Centre
                            Wayne Hewitt (CEO)
                  Sandybeach Centre – Sandringham
                   Rosemary Sharman (Executive Officer)
                    South West Victorian SEAL Inc
                              Denis Bell (CEO)
                 The Centre for Continuing Education
                         Danny O’Donoghue (CEO)
                  Upper Yarra Community House Inc
                            Sally Brennan (CEO)
        Member locations

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