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Our History

Our History


Approaching 50 years of Lifelong Learning
From humble beginnings in the early 1970s as an Independent Adult Education Centre, Indie Education (Formerly Albury Wodonga Community College and prior to that The Continuing Education Centre) has a proud history of community and educational achievements.


Today, as one of the largest Adult Education Centres in non-metropolitan Australia, Indie Education caters for an average of 3,000 people annually, through a broad range of learning activities. 


Indie Education employs more than 240 full-time and part-time staff and trainers/assessors, who each play a positive role in responding to the learning needs of our communities. Indie Education's administration building is located in High Street Wodonga with a further 20 metropolitan, regional and rural venues across Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. 


Indie Education's success is attributed to:


  • Being community owned and managed
  • Being created as a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee
  • Leadership, based on strong community and business experiences
  • People delivering programs and services with appropriate sector pedagogy
  • A vision underpinned with strategic directions and targets, set and realised



Geographic Coverage
Over the years, Indie Education has maintained a unique position as a cross-border education provider, registered in Victoria and New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia as an ACE provider, Independent Senior Secondary Schools and Registered Training Organisation.


Highlights and Milestones
Indie Education has a long history of developing programs and systems of outstanding quality, these include education and support for:

  • Early School Leavers - 25+ years developing innovative responses to the needs of young people and adults
  • Adult Literacy - 25+ years of accredited and non-accredited delivery
  • People with a Disability - 25+ years of innovation in supporting access to mainstream programs
  • Unemployed/Youth Programs - 20+ years of training and assistance
  • Independent Schooling - Indie School for Years 9 through 12
  • Active Ageing - Creative Learners program for 30+ years




Curriculum design, methodology and delivery modes of training
Indie Education is responsible for significant innovation when it comes to curriculum design, methodology and/or delivery modes of training, these include:


  • Flexible workplace delivery of accredited courses in large and small businesses
  • Flexible and blended methods of learning distance education courses
  • Flexible delivery for literacy students
  • Innovative programs for young people, including students at risk of leaving school and vulnerable early school leavers



Outstanding teaching practice
Indie Education prides itself on outstanding teaching practices, measured against outcomes.



Leadership and the Future
Indie Education has developed a unique and demanding leadership style. The goals are broad in order to enable quick responses to various needs, as they are expressed across the community. As a community based provider, Indie Education operates with both innovation and vigour, in order to be ready for the years ahead.