The VALBEC committee would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our members and friends a safe and joyous festive season and all the very best for 2017. 

We are really looking forward to the 2017 conference, Teaching Learning - Reflecting on Practice; and planning is underway for the first of our forums early in the new year.  The committee will continue to reflect on our own learning and practice by having input into each eVALBEC by reviewing an e-learning tool of our liking.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our committee's input this year - From the Vault, where members have reviewed a favourite article from our archived selection of the VALBEC journal Fine Print. 

Best wishes, VALBEC committee 2016. 

Save the Date

Call for presentations

You're now invited to submit a proposal for a

  • Presentation (mainly lecture style session with the speaker imparting knowledge to the audience)

  • Workshop (involves the audience in active participation for the majority of the session)

  • Visual presentation (at lunch break presenters are available to other conference participants)

More details and how to submit


2016 Learn Local awards winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Learn Local awards winners who were presented at the gala dinner held on September 8th.

Full list

VALBEC Celebrates Adult Learners' Week

VALBEC Forum 'Focus on Assessment – three perspectives from the field' and Launch of 'A Fuller Sense of Self Five Years On'

This was a terrific event with our panel Karen Manwaring, Rhonda Pelletier and Lindee Conway providing great insights and inspiration to approach assessment with the learner's interests always in mind. Tricia Bowen and Michael Chalk spoke about the A Fuller Sense of Self project and the wonderful learner stories that emerged.

Thanks to everyone who attended.

'A Fuller Sense of Self' Five Years On

'A Fuller Sense of Self - a collection of stories told by adult literacy students' was published by VALBEC in 2011. Five years on we find out where they are now and discover how learning continues to influence their life journey.

This time they kindly and courageously shared their thoughts on camera.

The video was launched in Adult learners' Week 2016.

See the stories, download the book

Chpt 1 Awareness and Understanding

Chpt 2 Connection and Community


Chpt 3 Self-Belief and Possibility

2016 Conference - a great day!

Thanks to our generous presenters for sharing their expertise and ideas.



Presentations - added as they are made available by presenters.

2016 New Committee

The AGM elected the 2016-17 committee with a valuable mix of new and returning members.

We welcome the new Executive

Meg Cotter - Co-president

Linno Rhodes - Co-president

Digna Libera - Secretary

Ann Haynes - Treasurer

and general members Elspeth Collie, Anna Cranney, Melinda Eason, Kim Chi Forrest, Elizabeth Gunn, Lynne Matheson, Rhonda Pelletier, John Radalj, Rhonda Raisbeck and Sandra Wolfe.


A Fuller Sense of Self

A Fuller Sense of SelfDuring 2010, Tricia Bowen recorded the stories of adult literacy students across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The aim of the project was to gather stories which illuminated the lives and learning experiences of these students, while describing the challenges they faced, the events that had provoked their decision to return to 'school', and ultimately how their lives had changed and shifted following that decision to undertake adult education. Their stories reflect a changing sense of personal identity and growth in self confidence to engage with the world.

This publication is now available for download.

'Reading the Fine Print: A history of the Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC) 1978 – 2008'

Reading The Fine Print coverPurchase now


Author Beverley Campbell has been involved in education for thirty-five years, twenty-five of those in adult literacy education. She is a past president of VALBEC (1989-91) and a former member of the Adult Community and Further Education Board of Victoria.

'Fancy Footwork: adult educators thinking on their feet'

(Eds. D Bradshaw, B Campbell, A Clemans)

Purchase now

Fancy FootworkTravel in the footsteps of a group of women adult educators who, in their desire to explore the spirit of adult education, met and wrote regularly over two years. Their reflections take you inside their world and they share what teaching means to them. Writing of joys, dilemmas and dangers, they reveal the complexities of teachers' lives and teaching work. Read these stories and you might very well find yourself heading in new directions.