U3A Alliance Australia

Alliance Chair has passed to Western Australia.

Peter Alcock is the present Alliance Chair.


U3A Alliance Australia is the national face of the U3A movement in Australia, bringing together the State and Territory networks of U3A groups throughout the country.

U3A (University of the Third Age) began in Australia in 1984, in Melbourne, and spread rapidly to other parts of Australia. U3As were established as autonomous groups, with their own administration and curriculum according to the needs and interests of each group. There are now about 300 U3As in Australia, with about 100,000 members. Over time, these groups began to appreciate the importance of networking, and to form incorporated Network organisations on a State-wide basis. Almost all U3A activity takes place at a local or State-wide network level.

The U3A Alliance Australia was formed in 2010 to foster co-operation and exchange of information between the Networks, and to advocate for the U3A movement at a national level where deemed appropriate and necessary.

The Alliance works through a Memorandum of Understanding which recites its Vision, Objectives and Activities.

The Chair and Secretariat of U3AAA rotates through its membership. The current Chair is Peter Alcock, President of the U3A Western Australia Network.
Contact -- petara@iinet.net.au -- he is a retired geologist who joined U3A in Perth in 2010 where took on roles of chairman, programme coordinator and presenter at his group. In 2014 he became president of U3A (UWA), relinquishing that role in 2017 and became president of the State Network in WA. Peter enjoys the stimulating company of U3A groups and has encouraged many of the members to jump in and become presenters themselves. Just like exploration geology in a way the buzz and excitement of discovering new things. Peter also is a volunteer guide at Rottnest Island and enjoys the companionship of beach-goers each morning at Waterman Bay where he lives with his wife Barbara.

The members of the Alliance contribute to a quarterly Bulletin which provides regular updates of news and information about U3A in their State or Territory, and other information of mutual interest.



Last update was 17th April 2018
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