The links below will lead you to other U3A resources, other opportunities for continuing education in Canberra and a number of websites offering resources for senior Australians.
U3A Canberra Sites
- Brindabella Orchestra
The Brindabella Orchestra (formerly known as the U3A Orchestra) is an activity of the U3A Canberra. It was established to provide a musical outlet for orchestral musicians in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Orchestra aims to present three public concerts a year, generally in May, August and November.
- U3A Alliance Australia (U3AAA)
U3AAA was formed in 2010 to enable Australian based U3A organisations to further the movement's interests and provide an opportunity to utilise accumulated knowledge and experience at a national level.
- U3A Online
U3A Online is a world-first virtual University of the Third Age delivering online learning via the Internet. All that's needed to study online is access to a computer with an Internet connection - and some basic computing skills.
U3A: State Sites
- U3A Network - NSW
The U3A Network (NSW) Inc. is an elected body representing more than 60 local groups. U3A-ACT, although independent from NSW, is part of the NSW network. Its website Resources section provides links to a variety of publicly available material, in particular:
• Remote Learning - provides links to online resources and services which are freely accessible to anyone, e.g. NLA's Trove, ABC Podcasts, TED Talks; and
• Cyber Security - explains cyber terminology as well as providing detailed information on how to manage cyber threats and improve your security.
- U3A Network - Victoria
U3A Network Victoria is an incorporated association whose members comprise some 82 Universities of the Third Age (U3As) in Victoria with over 22,000 individual members. The central role of the Network is the promotion of the U3A movement, particularly on behalf of its members.
- U3A Queensland
U3A Queensland represents the 33 U3A groups throughout the state including U3A online, with 30 U3A groups being members of the U3A network.
- U3A South Australia
U3A South Australia is the umbrella organisation for the 17 independant member organisations in both metropolitan and regional locations in South Australia.
- U3A Western Australia
U3A Network WA is the state-wide body covering all U3As in Western Australia. Each U3A club is independent with seven of the ten active clubs participating in the communications Network.
Other Sites of Interest
- ACT Community Directory
Do you need any information about the Canberra community? The ACT Community Directory provides up-to-date information for community organisations who provide services in the Canberra area.
- ACT Government Community Services - Seniors Information Online
This webpage provides a gateway for information of interest to ACT seniors. It includes contact details for a broad range of organisations, including those providing services and programs, health, transport, accommodation, support and legal services.
- ANU Centre for Continuing Education
The Centre for Continuing Education is the not-for profit outreach arm of The Australian National University (ANU). Its role is to develop and maintain ANU as a leading provider of lifelong learning opportunities in community, workplace and professional education. A wide range of short courses are offered in archaeology, art, business, languages, life skills, nature, computing and art. In addition it organises overseas study tours. Courses vary in length from one full day to a semester and course fees apply.
- ANU Emeritus Faculty
The Emeritus Faculty of the Australian National University consists of former academic and general staff of the University who seek to serve the University's interests and those of the wider community. Other persons, linked to other universities or similar institutions such as galleries, libraries, CSIRO, museums, government departments, community groups and the like, are also welcome to join.
- Association of Independent Retirees
The Association of Independent Retirees (A.I.R.) Ltd, with national membership of 8,000 across 65 State Branches, represents the interests of self-funded retirees. Its mission is to secure recognition and equity for Australians who, through their diligence and careful management, fully or partly self-fund their own retirement needs.
- CIT Solutions
Short courses designed to develop skills for work or recreational pursuits provided by the Canberra Institute of Technology. Courses are given in the categories of business and work skills, languages and writing, creative arts, lifestyle and house, garden and shed. Course fees apply.
- Council on the Ageing (COTA)
In the ACT, COTA is the peak organisation concerned with all issues related to ageing. It is an independent, non-party political and non-religious organisation working to protect and promote the well-being, rights and interests of all older people in the ACT and their carers, irrespective of socio-economic, ethnic, religious or cultural background. COTA offers a range of services and support options for older people in the ACT community. COTA also offer interactive education sessions by seniors for seniors. Topics include fall prevention & mobility, use & choice of medicines and dealing with depression.
- National Seniors Australia
National Seniors is a not-for-profit membership based community organisation which has as its major objectives: to provide economic and social benefits for people over 50 years; to represent its members views to Government at all levels; to make donations and provide service and advice to charitable institutions assisting people 50 years and over.
A very comprehensive listing of information and links for seniors to federal and state government departments, national and state associations, community service groups, aged care and retirement village living, as well as to seniors' lifestyle interests such as computing, wellbeing, finance, hobbies, sport and travel.
Updated June 2021