VALBEC – Victorian Adult Literacy Basic Education Council

VALBEC is a not for profit, volunteer managed, professional organisation that has represented the adult literacy, numeracy and basic education fields in Victoria for nearly 40 years. Our core business is to provide information and professional development support for our members and the wider field. Central to the role of the committee is advocacy and advice on curriculum, government policy and matters that impact on practitioners and learners in Victoria and nationally through our links with ACAL. Our professional development activities include an annual state conference, twilight forums, workshops and half day forums. Our flagship journal, Fine Print, is one of only two dedicated adult literacy, language and numeracy journals in Australia.


VALBEC is governed by an committee of volunteers elected annually and has the services of a part -time administrative person.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of VALBEC was held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 6.30 pm at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Annual Report for 2016 presented at the May 2017 AGM


The 2013 AGM accepted a motion to change the Constitution. The new constitution was accepted by Consumer Affairs Victoria on June 11, 2013.


2017 Committee

MEG_cotter1Meg Cotter, President

Linno Rhodes, Co-President

Rhonda Raisbeck, Secretary

ann-haynes1Ann Haynes, Treasurer

pic-not-yet-availableKim Chi Forrest

Lynne- MathesonLynne Matheson, Fine Print Editor

rhonda-pelletier2Rhonda Pelletier

johnrJohn Radalj

ElpesthCollie_VALBECElspeth Collie

Kathrin Colgan

Karen Dymke

donDon MacDowall Admin