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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, October (date TBA).

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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Forum to Discuss Issues Regarding the Evaluation of the AMEP “New Business Model” - 2 March 2019

The Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA), Sydney School of Education and Social Work (University of Sydney), and the School of Education at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are pleased to co-sponsor a Forum to discuss issues relating to the current Evaluation of the AMEP “New Business Model”.  Full details and registration link 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.


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.

Survey of AMEP and SEE Program teachers, managers & volunteers

ACTA ADULT ESL SURVEY DEADLINE EXTENDED!!  The closing date for responses is now extended to midnight Monday 28th January.

If you work in the AMEP and/or SEE Program, we need your input! This ACTA survey seeks your confidential perspectives on the operation of these Programs since the current contracts began on 1st July 2017. The results will provide Government, the Opposition and other Parties with clear and comprehensive insights into your experience in the AMEP and SEE Program over the past 18 months. The questions draw from consultation with practitioners and cover a range of topics, including curriculum, assessment and working conditions. Read more and link to the survey on the Adult EAL Issues 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

ACTA response to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL Consultation- June 2018

ACTA’s response to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s Victorian Curriculum F-10 English as an Additional Language (EAL) Consultation is now published. The response considers the rationale for a new EAL curriculum, the nature of the EAL curriculum document, EAL curriculum development and consultation, and specific comments on the EAL curriculum rationale and aims, and the EAL scope and sequence. Read more and link to the ACTA response on our Advocacy – EAL/D Issues Schools page.

ACTA Report on English Provision for Adult Migrants - May 2018

In the light of the profound concerns raised by our members about the consequences of the latest contracts for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), ACTA has prepared a comprehensive Background Paper examining this Program, including its relationship to the Skills for Employment and Education (SEE) Program. The report includes verbatim accounts from teachers and recommendations for change.  Read on our Advocacy - Adult EAL News and Issues page.