Individuals, organisations and communities that have made a significant contribution to adult community education in South Australia are encouraged to nominate for the 2017 Adult Learners’ Week Awards.

Nominations are invited in the following award categories:

  • Adult Learner of the Year
  • Aboriginal Learner of the Year
  • Adult Educator/Mentor of the Year
  • Adult Learning Program of the Year
  • Adult Learning Community of the Year

The theme for 2017 is Take the leap, rediscover learning - a celebration of learning and how it changes lives.

Last year’s Adult Educator/Mentor of the Year, Sandra Walsh, received the award when she was teaching at UniSA’s Whyalla campus and at the same time studying a Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling and a Master of Aboriginal Studies. Sandra is now working in the Department of Rural Health at the University and is pursuing a PhD in physical and mental health.


Adult Learners’ Week is an annual showcase of events to promote, recognise and encourage participation in adult community education in South Australia.

The award finalists and winners will be celebrated at the Adult Learners’ Week Awards Dinner on Thursday 24 August 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide.

The Adult Learners’ Week Awards are an annual celebration of community and individual learning, officially launching national Adult Learners’ Week, 1-8 September, in South Australia.

Nominations close on 5 May 2017. For more information and to nominate, visit:

Quotes attributable to Acting Higher Education and Skills Minister Ian Hunter

Adult community learning is an important starting point for people who may consider vocational education and training and university study to be initially out of their reach.

The State Government’s Adult Community Education (ACE) programme assists people who face social or economic barriers to learn in a supportive community setting.

The programmes held during Adult Learners’ Week support people to realise their potential, and I encourage South Australians to get involved by nominating learners, mentors and programmes for these awards.

Quotes attributable to 2016 Adult Educator/Mentor of the Year, Sandra Walsh

I was nominated by a group of my students for Adult Educator/Mentor of the Year, which came as a surprise. It is a huge honour when someone takes the time to say you’ve been instrumental in their education journey.

People undertaking adult education often overcome a lot of barriers to learning and, as an educator, sharing that journey can sometimes be difficult. A nomination is reassurance and acknowledgement that you are doing well.

Even if you don’t think you’re playing a significant role in someone’s journey, you might be inspiring them and there is no greater reward than knowing you’ve made a difference.

I am now pursuing a PhD which is a huge step as I have told students for years that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, and now I am talking the talk and rediscovering learning myself.