About Us

About Us

Since 1913 we have been offering adults the chance to meet like-minded people and to study what they want, how they want and when they want. Based in the Sydney CBD, we are a not for profit organisation, so you can be sure that your needs come first. Whether you are interested in History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Art, you too can be part of the WEA community.

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Mission Statement

WEA Sydney is a voluntary, independent, not-for-profit adult education organisation. Our mission is to provide adults with stimulating and varied educational activities which develop their knowledge, understanding and skills. Within our program we place special emphasis on providing opportunities for the serious and objective study of the arts, humanities and sciences. We are committed to:

  • Maintaining excellence in all aspects of our work
  • Encouraging students to participate in their own education and in WEA’s democratic management structure
  • Facilitating access for all who seek to take part in our activities

We believe that WEA activities are of value both to individuals both in their personal life and in their role as citizens in a democratic society.

Educational Policy Statement

  • Our aim is to provide opportunities for adults to engage in the serious and objective study of the arts, humanities, sciences, business, training and IT.
  • We offer alternative courses as long as we consider that they contribute to the overall well-being of WEA Sydney, (for example, courses which may contribute financially, or introduce students to our core program and courses).
  • We believe that quality education involves competent and dedicated tutors, well-chosen material and open discussion. We consider the selection of tutors to be crucial to us achieving and maintaining our aims.
  • We encourage systematic work and wide-ranging reading and maintain our own library as part of this policy.
  • We are truly independent and impartial; we promote no particular point of view about politics, social or political movements, or religion.
  • All relevant views are welcome in our activities. We cherish and promote freedom of thought, discussion and expression.
  • All of our courses are open to the public. However, periodically we may offer activities to particular groups of people, or to target particular educational needs within the community.

If you would like a copy of our current or previous Annual Reports, please contact us.

Board Directors & Senior Staff

  • President: Angelo Arulanandam
  • Vice-President: Leth Maitland
  • Directors: John Coombs, Louisa Denniss, Ellen Elzey, Peter Skinner, Janet Timberg, Peter Towson
  • Executive Director: Michael Newton
  • Education Manager: Christine Gietz
  • Finance Manager: Susan Robinson
  • VET Business Development and Compliance Manager: Caroline Evans