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Brief History of U3A in Australia

Greg Jones

Greg Jones

U3A Gympie

U3A History in Australia

  • Starts in Melbourne 1984
  • Spreads interstate
    • 1st Qld groups: Sunshine Coast Aug 1986, Brisbane Nov 1986
    • Gympie 1987
  • Formation of Network Qld
    • 2008 Sunshine Coast organized a conference and idea of Network was raised, steering committee formed and draft constitution
    • 2009 constitution approved and Incorporated Aug
    • Since 2016 all U3As in Qld have joined the Network
  • National Organisation
    • U3AAA – U3A Australian Alliance has now been Incorporated
    • Members: ACT U3A Network Inc., NSW U3A Network Inc., QLD Network Inc., SA U3A Network Inc., VIC U3A Network Inc., WA U3A Network Inc., U3A On Line.

Some statistics

      • 300 U3A groups in Australia
      • 100 000 members nationally
      • 10 000 tutors
      • 20 000 Qld members

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