1. From the President

This year’s VALBEC Conference is the marking of a passage in time, and a celebration of hope and endurance. We’re also looking forward to 2022. That’s why we’re cultivating an atmosphere of dance, colour, fun and playfulness.

But most of all, this conference is a celebration of connection and contribution. Your fellow educators; teachers, researchers, consultants, makers, practitioners, speakers, writers, will be alongside you, sharing ideas and knowledge throughout the journey. Know they’re there. Reach out to them. Take every opportunity to connect and say hello. There’ll be chances to make new friends from across Victoria and beyond. Who knows, maybe you’ll plan to meet up with them on your next interstate holiday!

Thank you Bernard Miles, Clare Harris, Chris Malakar, Chris Tully, Daniel Teitelbaum, David Tout, Deborah Mullan, Denise Reynolds, Di Buckley, Jelena Petronijevic, John Radalj, Kerrie Tomkins, Kirsty Macafee, Liam Frost-Camilleri, Manjit Bhamral, Marie Alafaci, Pam Mahlis, Rakesh Saha, Ruth Ryan, Sally Smith, Shruti Malavde, Tanja Cuka, Teresa Lidonnici-Giovine, Tina Berghella & Tom Gaffney, and last, but not least, the State Government of Victoria and the ACFE Board.

Without your support, the conference would not exist!

As for everyone else, without you, the conference won’t be any fun!

So register now! And remember, VALBEC Members ride FREE! Jump on board here: https://www.valbec2021.com.au/register/

Elizabeth Gunn
Valbec President

2. Valbec Membership

Join or renew online.


If you join in November, December or January pay full membership and get bonus time. Renewal falls due in February one full year later.

Members receive:

  • Fine Print three times a year – a high quality journal for discussion and debate about good practice, theory and policy issues. Feedback and contributions are actively sought from members about content and 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.
  • Issues-based forums.
  • Focus on significant policy issues impacting on the field.
  • Free numeracy resources

3. Conference Program

Valbec 2021 Conference – “A Passage In Time – Changes in Teaching and Learning Practices”


4. Upcoming PD

What Works: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - adult literacy and learning - Part IV 

Adult Learning Australia
November 24 at 1:00 – 2:30PM AEDT

Presenters: Co-convened by Ros Bauer (ALA) and Jo Medlin (ACAL)

Panelists: Jack Beetson and others tbc

Cost: Free for ALA members, $50 ALA non-members

Adult Learning Australia’s national conversation continues, bringing together representatives of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult education organisations to explore ‘What works: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities – adult literacy and learning’ in response to the Federal government’s inquiry into adult literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills in Australia.

Register here

5. Resources

English Express

English Express is a new Australian series of English learning resources. They are suitable for adult learners and they focus on practical, everyday English. The resources include eBooks and animated videos. There’s also a YouTube channel and an online store.

English Express ‘maker’ (animator, writer, content publisher extraordinaire) Bernard Miles, is a learning designer based in Sydney. He creates learning materials and assessment tools for English/LLN programs as well as vocational training programs. Before that, he taught English to migrants and also international students.

!!!FREE OFFER to the FIRST FIVE eValbec Readers!!!

Bernard is offering this new English Teaching resource FREE! to the first five eValbec readers to claim the offer! Simply go to https://payhip.com/b/uxT80, press ‘buy’, then put in the coupon code englishexpress20221

6. Fine Print

Your chance to win!

What environmentally sustainable practises do you use in your classroom? How have you incorporated care for the planet in your curriculum? How has your organisation reduced its contribution to landfill? Fine Print is looking for ideas, big and small, to share with readers in an upcoming article on sustainability in the learning space.

Please email your ideas to fineprintvalbec@gmail.com before 1st December. One published contributor will win a set of Auspen refillable whiteboard markers.

7. Unions

Australian Education Union


National Tertiary Education Union



eVALBEC is the monthly electronic newsletter of (VALBEC) the Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council and is sent to about 1000 practitioners on the first of each month (other than January). It is also available in the ‘News’ section of our web site


The activities, goods and services mentioned in eVALBEC are not endorsed by Valbec in any way. People should make their own judgment about the suitability of each item.

How to submit items: https://www.valbec.org.au/evalbec

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