About 2019

2019 ACEN Board at a face-to-face meeting in Brisbane, October 2019. Back row: Faith Valencia-Forrester, Judie Kay, Susan Rowland, Chris Gonsalvez, Anna Rowe. Middle row: Franziska Trede, Sonia Ferns, Jude Smith, Don MacDowall (Admin) Front row: Sharon Scott. Absent: Denise Jackson, Robert Ewers (Company Secretary).

About us

The Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited (ACEN) is the professional association for practitioners and researchers from the tertiary education sector, industry, community and government representatives, involved in work integrated learning (WIL) in Australia. WIL currently exists in various forms including:

  • Internships

  • Cooperative education

  • Work placements

  • Industry based learning

  • Community based learning

  • Clinical rotations

  • Sandwich year

  • Practical projects

ACEN provides strategic leadership for work-integrated learning research, scholarship and practice in Australia, for its members and other stakeholders.

National WIL Strategy

A National WIL Strategy has been developed by ACEN in collaboration with Universities Australia, Australian Chamber of Commerce (ACCI), Australian Industry Group (AIG ) and the Business Council of Australia (BCA). Australia’s future depends on strong partnerships. Strategy

Constitution and by laws 2016
special general meeting

In September 2016 changes were made to the constitution and approved by members. This now means the Chapters are governed by Bylaws drawn up in consultation with the Chapters. These bylaws  can be changed on a motion of the Board whereas previously they were embedded in the constitution and any change required a General Meeting of ACEN.

Company limited by guarantee

ACEN is a company limited by guarantee (a common structure for national not-for-profit organisations) ABN 89 834 663 369 ACN 143 075 932

Chapter by-laws

At the Special General Meeting, held by teleconference on June 5, 2013 the members passed the motions required to move ACEN from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee.

The ACEN constitution was approved by ASIC on November 6, 2013.