The purpose of ACEA is to bring together academics, policy-makers, and practitioners in the correctional field to:

  • form a network for the conduct of specific research projects
  • collect and disseminate ideas, materials, and research reports relevant to the field of education in penal systems, particularly program development and its relationship to mainstream education, employment, and community-living issues.

ACEA is interested in other social issues to the extent that they impact on education in penal systems.

ACEA has a steering committee composed of academics, policy-makers, and practitioners in education of adult and youth in detention and community correctional programs. The steering committee was Melbourne-based and members were encouraged to contact steering committee members in relation to national or state/territory issues about which the ACEA network should be informed, develop a policy position, or take a research interest.