VCAL for Life

VCAL First resource

Applied learning Matrix

SAFET1 resources

2016 Term Dates

Term 1 • Jan 27 - Mar 24

Term 2 • Apr 11 - Jun 24

Term 3 • Jul 11 - Sep 16

Term 4 • Oct 3 - Dec 20


206 VCAL Induction Day

Friday, February 19, 2016 in the Melbourne CBD

Induction Day 2016 - a day of expert advice for new VCAL teachers and co-ordinators New to VCAL and looking for ideas, inspiration and support?

Featuring a jam-packed program of handpicked specialist workshops designed to get you and your VCAL program into gear. A new CBD venue and a program that allows you to design your day around your specific teaching needs.

Generous discounts apply for all VALA Members.


2016 membership now due

VALA logoVALA maintains it's commitment to providing value to members by keeping rates at 2015 levels.

Email us your name and organisation and we'll send you an invoice.


Pay online now using your credit card and Paymate.

VALA members receive generous discounts to VALA events, have access to our resource section as well as full access to Playmeo!

2015 VALA Conference 'Breaking the Mould: Contemporary learning in action'

2015 Conference logo 'Breaking the Mould'Our thanks to presenters who contributed their time and talents.

Several have provided the content of their sessions.

It's hard to imagine teaching in a traditional manner in 2015, and yet old habits die hard. The need for our practice to remain not only up to date but also relevant in order to engage our students has never been more acute. This year VALA gathers together some of the most outstanding international and national practitioners in the field to take us on a special adventure into teaching and learning in the 21st Century.

2015 VCAL Induction Day • February 20 • Box Hill Town Hall

VALA 2015 Induction Day Our thanks to the presenters who gave generously of their time and exceptional experience.

Many have provided copies of their handouts and presentations. More will be added as they are provided.

Download them here.

Playmeo • Full access to all the resources • VALA Member only benefit

Full access for VALA members

playmeoVALA has subscribed to playmeo - the world's largest online group games database - to give every VALA member FREE access to this amazing online resource.

playmeo features step-by-step instructions, video tutorials & sample lesson plans to 225+ group games and activities including ice-breakers, get-to-know-you games, energisers, trust exercises and team-building & problem-solving activities.

Full access to Playmeo - via member login (you'll need your member login which we provided when you joined or renewed)

playmeo has been developed by Mark Collard, whom many of you will know as a frequent presenter and exhibitor at various VALA conferences and events.

Free numeracy resources

Building Strength with Numeracy'Building Strength with Numeracy' are adult numeracy resources that will have value for some VCAL classes. The free online materials revise and improve on the iconic adult numeracy resources 'Strength in Numbers' and 'Breaking the Maths Barrier', and other 'tried and true' numeracy teaching resources.

Free download

VCAL First: A guide for teachers new to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

VCAL First coverAvailable for free download

This digital publication, written especially for teachers who are coming to grips with VCAL programs for the first time, from VALA provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the essential concepts of VCAL.

Working Community • free resource

Working Community coverWorking Community is a community focused school program targeted at young people aged 15-17 who are moving into post-compulsory education. The structured applied learning program involves young people working in teams, designing and managing their own community projects.


Applied learning resources

A reminder that access to the applied learning resources is now a member-only part of the website and requires a password.

Of course the SAFET-1 resources continue to have public access.