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About WEA Illawarra


As a registered training organisation, WEA Illawarra is proud to be able to offer the community quality adult education and leisure courses, work skills training, accredited training and Foundation skills services.

WEA Illawarra is part of the Community College network and operates as an independent community based not-for-profit Company dedicated to the principles of life-long learning. This means WEA can offer the courses you need and the courses you want at very reasonable prices.

WEA Illawarra recognises the value of a culturally diverse community and this is reflected in the courses we offer. We also value the importance of a tolerant society in which views are freely expressed and each person’s fullest development is encouraged. We always seek to provide a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for students and teachers alike.

WEA Illawarra is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 90297) accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to provide nationally recognised training. This means that once you’ve successfully completed your training or qualification, the skills you are competent in will be recognised across Australia.


"A brighter future for individuals
and their communities"

Our Mission Statement


Our values are:

  • Equality, respect, tolerance and empathy
  • Integrity, honesty, trust and ethical action
  • Accountability and Professionalism
  • Collaboration and team work
  • A safe and welcoming learning environment (physical, intellectual, social and emotional)
  • Quality service that leads to satisfied customers and pride in the services offered
  • Being a good community and business citizen with an aspiration for excellence and relevance
  • Leadership that creates positive benefits with the courage to embrace change.



Our mission is to provide quality training and education services that enhance employment prospects, leisure aspirations and social inclusion opportunities for the benefit of individuals and their communities.


We believe in building strong communities through individuals achieving their potential.


WEA Illawarra is a charitable organisation, registered as a Public Company Limited by Guarantee. Our company’s operations are regulated by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. We are also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO No: 90297), regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) . We are pleased to have been granted delegation of regulatory responsibility by ASQA. This means ASQA is happy with how we look after the quality of our information and training for students and have allowed us to manage our compliance to their requirements ourselves.

WEA Illawarra also operates an independent non-Government secondary school (Alesco, trading as ALESCO Illawarra) which is regulated by the Commonwealth and State Education Departments and the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards.

The WEA Illawarra Board of Directors is the governing body responsible for, and overseeing, our operations.

Our Venues


WEA Illawarra operates from several venues within the Illawarra. Our main venues are:

  • WEA Wollongong Centre, 50-56 Auburn Street, Wollongong.
  • WEA Shellharbour Centre, Balarang Public School, Oak Flats

Please visit our Contact Us page for more venue details and maps.

Partners and Acknowledgements

Our Board

As a Company limited by guarantee the WEA is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of up to ten Directors with six elected and four appointed to the Board. Nomination as a Director is open to anyone from the community and all Directors serve two year terms.

The current Board comprises the following Directors:

  • Stephannie Jonovska (Chair)
  • Warwick Brash (Deputy Chair)
  • Julie Renwick
  • Katherine Baker
  • Toby Dawson
  • Stephanie Dyball
  • Ross Crapis
  • Christopher Patterson


WEA Illawarra is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission as a Public Benevolent Institution, has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient, and holds and authority to fundraise under section 13A of the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (CFN/24108).

To find out how you can make a tax deductible donation to WEA Illawarra please contact Louisa Raft on phone 02 4226 1622.



WEA is the oldest non-government adult education organisation in Australia having been introduced into Australia in 1913. The WEA stands for Workers’ Educational Association and was formed in 1906, in England, as a way to provide workers with the opportunity for education. The first lecture was held in Wollongong in 1914, and up until 1993 services in the Illawarra were provided by the Regional Council of the Workers’ Educational Association of NSW. WEA Illawarra registered as a Company in December 1993 and in 2007 the WEA NSW was disbanded. There are three other WEA’s in Australia (WEA Hunter, WEA Sydney and WEA South Australia). These run independently of each other, however share a common ancestry.


Ever wonder how to support WEA Illawarra to keep operating as your community college?
From volunteering, through tutoring to donating, there are plenty of ways to contribute to the development of WEA Illawarra and make a difference.


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50-56 Auburn Street,
Wollongong, NSW 2500

PO Box 1472, Wollongong, NSW 2500

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