When we learn new things we grow,. We become stronger, healthier and happier. Learning helps us to be more creative and curious.

When we achieve new things we feel proud and ready to take on the next challenge. And learning can be really fun.

Here are some free learning opportunities that we love:

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In fact it’s very important to keep learning as you live so that you can meet new challenges, learn new skills, and keep your brain active. Everyone learns in different ways. You might prefer reading, listening, watching, or taking a hands-on approach.

A lot of learning can be done by getting involved in something new such as an interest group, volunteer organisation or hobby. But if you like a more formal approach here are a few options you could look at..

Libraries Tasmania

Libraries Tasmania offer a range of great learning opportunities. Including literacy and numeracy, computing, updating employment skills, getting ready for work programs. They also offer a range of accredited programs through partnerships with Registered Training Organisations.

University of the Third Age (U3A)

U3A is volunteer-provided learning program offering a range of courses and opportunities for those over fifty. U3A meet across Australia. You can find information about the local Clarence group on their website.

Adult Education

Libraries Tasmania also provides more formal adult education. If your interest in learning about something has been sparked, have a look here to see if there’s a course for you:


TasTAFE is Tasmania’s largest public provider of vocational education and training aimed at developing Tasmania’s Workforce. TasTAFE have short and long courses covering a broad range of topics. If you’re at a loose end, chances are that TasTAFE has an option for you!

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

UTAS is the home of academic learning in Tasmania. If you’re keen on the idea of going to University but unsure how to begin, the University has preparation programs that can help you get started. For that and other information, check out the University website.

Open Universities Australia

Offering thousands of courses from leading Australian universities, Open Universities Australia is a not-for-profit dedicated to helping you access quality education. Enrolment deadlines apply.


FutureLearn’s purpose is to transform access to education. Find online courses and degrees from leading universities or organisations and start learning online today.


Coursera partners with more than 200 leading universities and companies to bring flexible, affordable, job-relevant online learning to individuals and organizations worldwide. They offer a range of learning opportunities—from hands-on projects and courses to job-ready certificates and degree programs.

Be Connected

Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.
Be Connected aims to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in our digital world.