WEA Hunter is quality learning


WEA Hunter enhances people’s lives by delivering quality learning, accessible to all

Core Values

Integrity – Innovation – Inclusion

About WEA Hunter

WEA Hunter has a long and proud history as the leading provider of community based adult learning in the Hunter Region. WEA Hunter (Worker’s Educational Association – Hunter) is a public company limited by guarantee. It is an independent non-profit community based organisation whose sole aim is to promote and provide educational opportunities for adults.

Since 1913, WEA Hunter has delivered a diverse range of learning opportunities for all sections of our community. The Workers' Educational Association originated in England and was introduced into Australia in 1913. In its heyday it operated in every state except Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Nowadays, the WEA exists in New South Wales (Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong) and in South Australia (Adelaide).

Courses were first offered in the Hunter in 1913 in Newcastle, Waratah and Cessnock. The Northern Branch of the WEA of NSW formed in Newcastle in March 1917.

WEA Hunter is the 5th largest provider of community based adult learning in NSW* and when Government Contract Training, Business and Industry Training and Youth Programs are added – this not only makes WEA Hunter one of the largest but also one of the most diverse training providers in NSW.

While most of our income is generated from the general community, we also successfully tender for government funded and private sector business funded courses and programs. A course guide is produced and distributed, detailing all programs available as fee-for-service. WEA Hunter is committed to ensuring training is available to all sectors of the community, including business operators and corporate clients. WEA Hunter offers between 250 and 350 courses each year

No matter who the client is, we aim to provide a ‘value-for-investment’ learning experience.

WEA Hunter is accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

WEA Hunter makes a substantial contribution not just to the local economy but more importantly to the wellbeing of individuals within the community. Be it through skill enhancement, personal development or increased self-esteem, WEA Hunter’s objective of being a conduit through which individuals become better people is being realised every day. We hope that by contributing to the development of individuals, WEA in turns allows those individuals to contribute fully to their community and society in general.

A Board of Directors is elected annually. Full Board meetings are held every second month with the executive meeting in alternate months. The Board’s primary functions are to make policy decisions and oversee the direction and operation of the company. The Board appoints an Executive Director who is responsible for the efficient and effective running of the organisation. The General Manager of WEA Hunter is then responsible for translating the Strategic Plan into operational activities

*based on 2012 Student Contact Hours delivered

To read information regarding WEA Hunter’s Tuition Assurance Scheme please read our Fee-information page

To view WEA Hunter 2017 Annual Report, click links below.