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Skills Tasmania

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

Since 2019 the program has provided targeted small group training sessions and workshops around the state to build the confidence and digital capability of vulnerable Tasmanians. The program has developed a range of easy to understand ‘how to guides’, factsheets and short explainer video tutorials that provide step-through instructions. These are available on the website.

Department of State Growth

Delivering the Certificate II in General Education for Adults from 2021


Establishing the Lifelong Learning Information Service to support adults looking to continue their learning journey. ($587,450)

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 projects through the Training and Work Pathways Program to address barriers to engaging in learning and employment.

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 2021-22


  • 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 established a support service to help adult learners identify and access the services they need to re-engage with learning. This service has been operating in public libraries since 2 May 2022 as part of a broader Lifelong Learning Information Service.
  • TasTAFE delivered the first Certificate II in General Education in Semester 1, 2021. The course is running again in 2022.
  • Skills Tasmania conducted the first Adult Learning Forum in February 2022.

2021-22 Progress


What we’ve achieved

26TEN Communities

Four new communities funded in 2021.


Tutor Adult Literacy Learners (TALL) course

TasTAFE developed one-day Intro to Adult Tutoring workshops that provided 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.

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 commenced delivery of the Certificate II in General Education in Semester 1, 2021, offering the course full-time online. In 2022, the course is again being delivered online but, due to student feedback, part-time only to enable those who juggle multiple things, the full year to complete the course. The course is also running full-time on campus in Hobart. This course commenced on 7 February 2022 and will finish on 24th June. Enrolments for semester two are now open.

Adult learner support and referral service

Libraries Tasmania's support services for adult learners started operating in May 2022.

Adult learning coordinator

Skills Tasmania engaged the coordinator in May 2021.

Libraries Tasmania’s adult learning offerings

To ensure Lifelong learning opportunities are maximised, Libraries Tasmania has designed and begun delivering a Lifelong Learning Information Service to link adults with informal learning opportunities available to them in their local communities. Support to help learners re-engage with adult learning is part of this service, but it also offers information for those who wish to learn for leisure and pursue personal interest. To enhance this service, Libraries Tasmania is developing an online community noticeboard for lifelong learning, which is expected to be operating before the end of 2022.

JobTrainer Fund

The JobTrainer Fund is a $42 million joint initiative between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments. It offers free, nationally recognised training for job seekers, young people aged 17-24 (including school leavers), and people enrolling in aged care, childcare or disability care, and digital skills qualifications. 3 549 training places are being made available to Tasmanians in 2022 and over 600 enrolments have been reported up to 1 June 2022.

Adult Learning ForumThe 2022 forum was held in February 2022 with over 70 participants exploring the concept of what it means to be a leader in adult learning. You can find the forum outcomes here.

Rapid Response Skills Initiative

Eligible jobseekers can access up to $3 000 towards the cost of training to help them re-enter the workforce, including up to $500 for career advice when considering availability and suitability of employment and training options. There has been considerable interest from applicants to move into areas of skills demand such as transport and logistics, health, and community service

Between 1 July 2021 and 5 May 2022, 95 applications were submitted and 54 were approved.

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

The JobTrainer Fund met the goals of the Adult Learning Fund in 2022.

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

Skills Tasmania supports programs for apprentices and there is currently work underway to promote apprenticeships to adults in north-west Tasmania.

42022 Adult Learning Forum

Tasmania’s first Adult Learning Forum was held on Friday 25 February 2022. Over 70 participants joined Skills Tasmania to start a conversation about being a leader in adult learning.

Participants heard from the new Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth and Minister for Education, Children & Youth, Hon Roger Jaensch MP, who outlined recent achievements under the Adult Learning Strategy.

Keynote speaker, Allison Clark, the 2018 AgriFuture Rural Woman of the Year, spoke about her experiences in adult learning and ways to affect behavioural change. Allison noted that the adult learning arena is complex to navigate and highlighted the role of social influencers in helping people make decisions.

The forum heard from Taylor Bouvy, Community Coordinator for the new 26TEN community in Launceston’s Northern Suburbs, which is supporting local people to build their literacy and numeracy skills where and when they need it. Nancy Pattinson and Louise Monaghan from Migrant Resource Centre North talked about its pre-employment programs assisting people from CALD backgrounds to gain employment in the aged care and disability sectors. Libraries Tasmania provided an update on its new Lifelong Learning Information Service.

Breakout groups gave participants the opportunity to build connections and to explore the concept of leadership in adult learning.

For further information about the forum outcomes, go here.

Skills Tasmania is planning a series of follow-up conversations on the key themes from the forum. You can stay informed by signing up to the Adult Learning Strategy email list here.

Need more information?

To subscribe to updates on activities related to the Adult Learning Strategy, including consultation opportunities, click here.

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

Adult Learning Strategy