Conference 2024

Introducing the Keynote Speaker for the VALBEC2024 Conference: Supportive practices in a transformative landscape, Professor Vicky Duckworth.

Conference information and Early Bird registration 

Maths in the VET Sector

A VALBEC (Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Educational Council) Professional Learning session presented by Ruth Patterson.

VALBEC presents another great Professional Learning Session presented by Ruth Patterson.

From traditional trades, Business and IT courses, Hair and Beauty, and food studies, the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector provides thousands of students with affordable, practical study options which align to industry, and provide pathways to employment. The Maths and Numeracy skills required in these courses can vary from basic calculations to more complex algebra and problem solving.

This presentation will look at some of the different examples of maths in VET courses, with emphasis on practical applications, and the “number sense” which we all have, and just need to apply it!

Ruth Patterson spent 10 years in the paint, plastics and packaging industries as an Industrial Chemist and technical sales representative. After having 3 sons, she did a Dip Ed and has now taught numeracy in the VET sector for almost 20 years, with some secondary school teaching in the background.

She taught at Victoria University for many years, and with Kangan TAFE in Corrections Education for seven years. She now teaches Maths in the Learning Support area, primarily with the Trades students, at Melbourne Polytechnic.

We look forward to seeing you there.
VALBEC PL Forums Team

Who: Ruth Patterson
: Tuesday, 23rd April 2024, 5.30-6.30 pm AEST
Where: Zoom
Cost: VALBEC Members Free; non-Members $25



eVALBEC is our e-newsletter and our main source of communicating news and information. It is distributed to more than 1,000 practitioners – members and non-members. Subscribe below. Read the latest newsletter here.

* indicates required


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.

Why become a member?

As a member of VALBEC, you will receive:

  • A copy of Fine Print three times a year – a high quality journal for discussion and debate about good practice, theory and policy issues.
  • eVALBEC – our e-mail communication keeping members informed of professional development activities, general committee activities and more up to date policy changes.
  • Discounts for the Annual Conference and other VALBEC statewide professional development.

Funnetics: Putting the /fʌn/ back into phonetics!

Facilitator: Catherine Bunard
When: 15th June, 5 – 6pm AEST

Funnetics aims to demystify phonetics for teachers who need a little encouragement using pronunciation activities with students. This is followed by 'Funnetic' participation in breakout rooms where teachers try out Catherine’s pronunciation activities. Whatever you thought of phonetics before, this webinar is going to be PHON! 

More details

Professional development application form

VALBEC are able to offer reimbursement of conference or professional development expenses. Click below to download the application form.

Application form

Webinar – Meet the Makers

Facilitated by: The VALBEC Professional Learning Team
When: 6th April @ 5:00pm AEST

Join Clare Harris, Bernard Miles and Lauren Piovesan; three independent Australian publishers, writers and designers of adult learning resources, talking about their resources and the stories behind writing them.

More details


eVALBEC is our e-newsletter and our main source of communicating news and views. It is distributed to more than 1,000 practitioners – members and non-members. Subscribe below. Read the latest newsletter here.

* indicates required

Fine Print Journal

This print journal is produced three times a year and posted to members and subscribers.

You can access the latest copies of Fine Print here.

You can access the Fine Print archive here.

Making Connections

Making Connections: A selection of writings 1983 - 2019 is a collection of writings by Delia Bradshaw, an adult educator, writer, advocate and life member of VALBEC.  Download here.

VALBEC acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Victoria, and we honour the first educational practices that have been occurring on these lands for tens of thousands of years. We acknowledge that we reside and work on the lands and waters of the Kulin Nations, and we pay our respects to all Elders past, present and emerging.

Find Us

PO Box 341
Clifton Hill Vic 3068



ABN 56 550 665 438
VALBEC (Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council) was established in 1978 and is managed by an elected volunteer committee of management.

Incorporated Association No. A00 130 71K

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software