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Welcome to the Australian Council of TESOL Associations website. We seek to advocate for and enhance the profile of the TESOL profession in Australia through a wide range of activities in local, regional, national and international contexts. If you are currently a member of your state or territory TESOL professional association, your membership with ACTA is automatic. If you are not a member of an Australian state or territory TESOL organisation, you might like to browse our site to see what it is that we do and then contact your state association to join. ACTA also produces the journal TESOL in Context.


The ACTA International TESOL conference is held every 2 years and hosted by a State or Territory TESOL association.

In 2020 it will be hosted by QATESOL in Brisbane, 30 September - 2 October.

Visit our Conference pages to find out about past conferences.

ACTA Conference 2020

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ACTA Conference 2018

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ACTA Conference 2016








Perth, Western Australia 7-10 April 2016

ACTA Conference 2014



Membership of ACTA is through your local state or territory TESOL association.Find out more about the benefits of Membership.

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ACTA submission on the proposed Character test bill - August 2019

ACTA have made a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019. Read the ACTA submission and find a link to the Inquiry on the ACTA Media Room page.


ACTA submission to the Review of the 2008 Melbourne Declaration

ACTA has made a submission to the Review of the 2008 Melbourne Declarationon on Educational Goals for Young Australians.  Read the ACTA submission and the original Declaration following links on the EAL/D Issues - Schools page.

Proposals following the relocation of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to the Department of Home Affairs

ACTA has submitted proposals following the relocation of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to the Department of Home Affairs to Hon. David Coleman, MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs. Read the proposals on the Adult EAL News and Issues page.

Dr Helen Moore receives Queen’s Birthday Honours award

Congratulations to ACTA (and ATESOL ACT) Vice President Helen Moore on being awarded Membership (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Her award is for significant service to English language education and to community music. The award is a well-deserved recognition of her lifetime of service and policy activism to improve migrant English language provision in Australia and her achievements, among various endeavours, in securing a permanent performance space for the Canberra International Music Festival and other music events in the ACT.
Helen was interviewed about her life and achievements by ABC 666 Canberra breakfast radio on Monday 10 June 2019: listen to the recording here

Major parties ignore crises in Australia’s English language programs - ACTA Media Release 16 May 2019

ACTA is calling on major parties to address the crises in Australia’s English language programs in their election platforms. Find the media release on on the ACTA Media Room page with other Federal Election News from ACTA, or link directly here.

ACTA 2019 Federal Election News page

ACTA have established a 2019 Federal Election page where members of the public and media can find recent information about ACTA's pre-election policy platform, related correspondence and media releases. You'll find it on the ACTA Media Room page.

Greens’ national plan for English language learners welcomed

The Australian Council of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Associations welcomed the Greens’ announcement today of their national plan to ensure that migrants and refugees throughout Australia have access to effective English language support in the school, post-school and adult education sectors... Read the full media release on the ACTA Media Room page.

ACTA submission to the AMEP Evaluation April 2019

Following a nationwide survey of managers, teachers and volunteers in the AMEP in late 2018 and early 2019, and three forums held over March and April, ACTA has now made a submission to the Evaluation of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) “new business model”.  You can download and  the ACTA submission from the Adult EAL Issues page.

ACTA Forums to Discuss Issues Regarding the Evaluation of the AMEP “New Business Model”

ACTA has held forums in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Presentation slides and notes are now available from the first two forums, and find the background to the forums on the Adult EAL Issues page.

ACTA submission to the Australian Government Review of Vocational Education & Training (VET) - January 2019

ACTA has made a submission to the Expert review of Australia’s vocational education and training system. The submission draws on a comprehensive survey that ACTA has conducted into the provision of English to adult migrants in the AMEP and the SEE Program. Read more and download the ACTA submission on the Adult EAL Issues page - VET Review.

ACTA Survey for AMEP and SEE Program teachers, managers & volunteers - Still open!

In December 2018-January 2019, ACTA conducted a comprehensive survey of AMEP and SEE Program teachers, managers and volunteers seeking their perspectives on the operation of these Programs under the current contracts  Because the survey data will be used in an on-going way, we have left it open for a little longer. For more about the survey and to complete the survey, please check our Adult EAL Issues page - AMEP Survey.

TESOL in Context, Vol 27 No 2, December 2018
Ethics in TESOL

The latest issue of ACTA's journal, TESOL in Context has been puiblished. This special issue of TESOL in Context focuses on the topic of “Ethics in TESOL”. Read more and access this journal online from our TESOL in Context page

ACTA Strategy for Language in Education and Training - November 2018

The ACTA Strategy for Language in Education and Training has 15 actions in all aimed at addressing the long-standing national policy/program gaps and neglect in the area of language in education and training (EAL/D, Indigenous, language education, AMEP) that we have been advocating for in our submissions over the last few years.
The document will be used as the focus for discussions with Government and other parties about their education and training policy commitments prior to the federal election.
You can download the strategy from the Media Room page