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We seek to advocate for and enhance the profile of the TESOL profession in Australia though a wide range of activities in local, regional, national and international contexts.

ACTA’s objectives are:

  • to represent and support the interests of teachers of English to speakers of other languages and dialects
  • to ensure access to English language instruction for speakers of other languages and dialects
  • to encourage implementation and delivery of quality professional programs at all levels
  • to promote study, research and development of TESOL at local, regional, national and international levels.

Our membership comes from all educational sectors: pre-schools; schools; adult, community, TAFE and other VET settings; consultancy services in State and Territory education departments and the independent and Catholic sectors; and university teacher education departments.

If you are currently a member of your state or territory professional association, membership with ACTA is automatically included. If you are not a member of an Australian state or territory TESOL organisation, you might like to browse our site to see what it is that we do! http://www.tesol.org.au


The response to the adult ESL survey has been good with responses totalling 349 (ACT 27; NSW 86; NT 3; Qld 68; SA 43; Tas 19; Vic 70; WA 33). 121 people work in the AMEP, 44 in the SEE Program, and 87 in both Programs.

These results are less impressive when we see that only 66% of respondents (230) completed the survey. 

Membership Information

Membership of your state or territory TESOL association automatically makes you a member of ACTA. It also means that you are part of an affiliate organisation of TESOL International, a global TESOL community of over 14 000 TESOL associations worldwide. Currently, TESOL International represents 162 countries.

If you join your state or territory association you will receive ACTA’s biannual publication, TESOL in Context, as part of your state membership. This professional journal showcases articles on current best practice and TESOL research in the Australian context.