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ELT Associations in Australia and NZ

Page history last edited by Lesley Cioccarelli 10 years ago

A list of English language teacher associations in Australia and New Zealand, with a brief description and details of PD events, publications, etc.






English Australia is the national peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia. They represent member institutions that teach ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students).

Professional development
The annual English Australia Conference is usually held in September.
There are also regular webinars, as well as PD workshops and presentations in each state. Click here for more details of EA Professional Development Events.
The English Australia Journal features peer-reviewed articles based on current research, activity-based articles for teachers by teachers, and the latest reviews of ELT resources. It is published twice a year, and is free to read online.


ACTA - Australian Council of TESOL Associations (and state/territory affiliates)


ACTA, the Australian Council of TESOL Associations, is the national coordinating body for all associations of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) across Australia. ACTA aims to advocate for and enhance the profile of the TESOL profession in Australia though a wide range of activities in local, regional, national and international contexts. They cover all levels and sectors of TESOL, from early learning to adult education.
Membership of ACTA comes automatically through membership of one of its constituent associations:


Some associations also have guides to TESOL education and employment in their state/territory.


Professional Development

Most PD is organised by the various state/territory associations (see links above), though ACTA does have the following:


NEAS - National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme


NEAS provides accreditation and quality assurance services in English language teaching for International English language programs and government programs such as the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).

Professional Development
An annual NEAS Management Conference


TESOLANZ - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand Te Rōpū Kaiwhakaako Reo Ingarihi ki Iwi Reo Kē


TESOLANZ is the New Zealand association of ESOL teachers in all areas of education. TESOLANZ offer you an opportunity to network with others in the ESOL field, professional development, conferences and expos, and we are also a major representative of the ESOL sector lobbying for the language needs of migrants and refugees.  


Professional Development

An annual conference - CLESOL Conference -  held in conjunction with CLANZ – Community Languages Association of New Zealand

An annual journal: TESOLANZ Journal


UECA - University English Language Centres Australia


UECA is a network of Australian universities offering a variety of English Language Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS), TESOL teacher training and professional development programs.


Professional Development

UECA run annual PD Fests in Sydney and other cities.

Comments (1)

Sophia Khan said

at 11:30 am on Apr 25, 2014

Thank you Lesley, this is great!

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