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Adult Learning Strategy

The Adult Learning Strategy – skills for work and life brings together a range of Government initiatives to support and promote lifelong learning for all Tasmanians over the school leaving age.

It aims to improve Tasmanians’ work and life skills through the priorities of:

  • literacy and numeracy
  • coordination and information
  • community engagement and participation.

To support this important work, the strategy includes new funding of $4.36 million over four years from 2020-21.

You can download a copy of the Adult Learning Strategy here.

1Strategy actions

What we’re doing

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Expanding the 26TEN Communities program with seven new Communities to be funded over four years from 2020-21 ($3 million)

26TEN Communities: Local literacy for work and life

Supporting additional places in the Tutor Adult Literacy Learners (TALL) course from 2021-22 ($300,000)


Continuing the Digital Ready for Daily Life program

Department of State Growth

Delivering the Certificate II in General Education for Adults from 2021


Establishing a phone referral service for adults who want to get back into learning ($587,450)

Coming soon to Libraries Tasmania

Creating an adult learning coordinator to work across government to monitor the strategy and host an annual adult learning forum with the Minister for Education and Training ($472,550)

Skills Tasmania

Reviewing Libraries Tasmania’s adult learning offerings

Libraries Tasmania

Implementing the JobTrainer Fund

Skills Tasmania

Providing career advice and retraining for retrenched workers through the Rapid Response Skills Initiative. This includes the Skills Matching Service, which matches jobseekers to jobs.  

Jobs Tasmania

Supporting Tasmanian jobseekers through the Adult Learning Fund

Skills Tasmania

Supporting innovative projects through the Training and Work Pathways Program to address barriers to engaging in learning for disadvantaged learners

Skills Tasmania

Developing a workforce development plan for the adult literacy and numeracy workforce

Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy / Skills Tasmania

Engaging with the early childhood sector to ensure services are available to support parents who want to re-engage with learning and work

Skills Tasmania

Supporting the Council on the Ageing’s Work 45+ project to assist people aged 45 and over to find work

Skills Tasmania / Council on the Ageing

Reviewing incentives for adult apprentices and trainees

Skills Tasmania

2Adult Learning Strategy Coordinator

The Adult Learning Strategy Coordinator is a new position funded through the strategy.

The coordinator is working with key partners and stakeholders to find ways to better coordinate adult learning opportunities across Tasmania. This will include further work to ensure that the strategy’s objectives are embedded in the learning-related elements of Tasmanian Government strategies, programs and plans.

3Strategy progress in 2020-21


  • The Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Sarah Courtney MP announced the first four 26TEN Communities: Local literacy for work and life communities on 19 June 2021.
    • Ravenswood - Connecting with literacy across Launceston Northern Suburbs, a 26TEN Community Hub – with Starting Point Neighbourhood House
    • Clarence Plains - Parents, Families and Carers Learning for our Kids: a 26TEN Community Project - with Hobart City Mission
    • Huon Valley Huon 26TEN Community - with Geeveston Community Centre
    • Glenorchy - Building a 26TEN Community – with Glenorchy City Council.
  • Libraries Tasmania has been operating an informal interim phone referral service for adults who want to re-engage with learning, while it is developing the support and referral service as part of a broader lifelong learning information service. The team is finalising the operational elements of the service and a community engagement and consultation plan.
  • TasTAFE delivered the first Certificate II in General Education in Semester 1, 2021.
  • Skills Tasmania recruited an Adult Learning Coordinator in May 2021. This position is working with key stakeholders and partners to monitor progress and identify opportunities for improved collaboration.

2020-21 Progress


What we’ve achieved

26TEN Communities

Four new communities funded in 2021.

Tutor Adult Literacy Learners (TALL) course

TasTAFE is offering one-day Intro to Adult Tutoring workshops that provide participants with an understanding of the literacy needs in Tasmania, the building blocks that people need to achieve functional literacy and the attributes needed to be an effective tutor. 2021 dates are located here.

Digital Ready for Daily Life

The Government has committed an additional $700 000 to extend the program to 2025.

Certificate II in General Education

TasTAFE delivered the course to 40 learners in Semester 1 2021 and is currently delivering the Semester 2 course to 25 learners.

Adult learner support and referral service

Libraries Tasmania is operating an interim service in 2021 while it is designing the full support and referral service, which will be part of a broader Lifelong Learning Information Service. As at August 2021, Libraries had supported 18 learners with information on their learning options and referring them to service providers who could help them take the next steps.

Adult learning coordinator

Skills Tasmania engaged the coordinator in May 2021.

Libraries Tasmania’s adult learning offerings

Libraries Tasmania is developing its broader Lifelong Learning Information Service to enhance Libraries Tasmania’s existing provision of adult learning opportunities and information about learning. Libraries Tasmania undertook consultations throughout August 2021, including during Adult Learners week, on a prototype online community noticeboard for adult learning. 100 participants responded to the invitations, including lifelong learning stakeholders, learning providers and adult learners. They represented a diverse range of groups including: Libraries Tasmania, local councils, Department of Education, community groups, private learning providers, volunteer tutors and adult learners.

JobTrainer Fund

The Fund opened in October 2020. In 2021, there have been over 7000 enrolments in JobTrainer Fund training places in sectors such as agriculture, business services, manufacturing, maritime, seafood, health, construction, and community services. The Fund includes providing training and support to long-term unemployed learners, those with English as a second language and learners with physical or learning disability.

Rapid Response Skills Initiative

Between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2021, 792 applications for subsidised training and/or career advice were received. (People may make multiple applications.) Of these applications 575, were approved.

Between 1 July 2021 and 22 September 2021, 28 applications have been received, 17 of which have been approved.

Between 1 July 2020 and 22 September 2021:

- 702 jobseekers have registered for the service, with many referred to vacancies or assisted to apply for RRSI training through the Skills Matching Service. 85 businesses are registered for the service.

- 183 displaced persons have gained roles directly or indirectly through the Skills Matching Service.

In June 2021 the Rapid Response - Careers in Aged Care and Disability Support grant program allocated just under $3 million to support up to 573 individuals to transition into a career in the Aged Care, Disability or Home and Community Care sectors.

Adult Learning Fund

Skills Tasmania rolled the 2020-21 allocation for this fund into the $10.5 million Tasmanian contribution to the JobTrainer program.

Training and Work Pathways Program

Thirteen new projects were funded in the 2021 TWPP to assist Tasmanians who are facing disadvantage to engaging with learning to work towards employment or further training or education. A further two projects from 2020 were renewed for 2021.

Workforce development plan for the adult literacy and numeracy workforce

The Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy is managing this project.

Engaging with the early childhood sector

Not commenced.

Work 45+ project

The Council on the Ageing (COTA) Tasmania is managing this project. Skills Tasmania is working with COTA to identify areas where we can collaborate on this work.

Incentives for adult apprentices and trainees

Not commenced.

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If you have other questions, please contact the Adult Learning Strategy Coordinator on