Adult and Community Education

Adult and Community Education (ACE) is supported by the NSW Department of Education through grants to ACE Providers across NSW.

The Training Sector Governance Unit in the Department promotes community education, supports funded ACE Providers and provides information and advice on community education across the state.

Government Releases NSW ACE Policy Statement

NSW ACE Policy StatementThe NSW ACE Policy Statement was developed by the Department in collaboration with representatives from Community Colleges Australia (CCA), ACE colleges and the NSW Skills Board. The NSW ACE Policy Statement recognises the unique role and value of the ACE sector in providing both accredited and non-accredited training for local communities throughout NSW.


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ACE in action in the bush

Tamworth Community Colleges’ hospitality trainer travelled to Wee Waa to deliver training to students who graduated from Wee Waa High School.

Of the 13 students who completed Year 12, 10 returned to school to undertake training, adding valuable skills and accreditation to their resum├ęs to assist them secure post school employment, particularly in areas severely impacted by drought.

Community College - Northern Inland helping farmers in north west NSW

Farmer Jenny Flynn, 61, sitting on her quad bike on the small acreage she runs with her husband near Narrabri, keeping an eye on the sheep while she studies for her new career in aged care.Jenny’s one of a growing number of farmers who are enrolling in courses at Community College Northern Inland in north west NSW as part of a state government initiative to assist drought-affected families to retrain and find work off the farm. Read more.


NetFirst contains relevant information and documents for Adult and Community Education providers. It has been developed to enhance communication with the Department. Approved ACE providers may request access by emailing



Postal Address:
Education and Skills Reform
PO Box 5068
Parramatta NSW 2124

Page last updated: 19 July 2021