ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION (ACE)
ACE is the most decentralised of the education sectors. ACE courses range broadly from general interest, recreational and leisure activities, personal development, social awareness and craft, through to vocational courses and remedial education.
ACE activity often complements the formal programs and qualification pathways provided by the school, VET and higher education sectors. While some ACE is provided by these sectors, many programs are delivered by a variety of community providers.
The 2005 Survey of Education and Training reported that as many as 594,800 adults were enrolled for study in 2005, that did not lead to a qualification. Females comprised two-thirds (67%) of these persons and outnumbered males in all fields of study except Engineering and related technologies (54% male). The female majority was greatest in Food, hospitality, and personal services (80%) and Creative arts (78%). Half of all persons enrolled in non-qualification study in 2005, were enrolled in Creative arts or Society and culture studies.