U3A Network Victoria is the peak body for 108 Member U3As representing around 38,000 members.

It is often said that ‘from little things big things grow’ and that is true for how the U3A movement in Victoria, Australia began.

 Four friends were sitting having coffee at a gerontology conference in Melbourne in 1984.  Each independently had experienced the development of the U3A movement in Europe and were enthusiastic about the movement that seemed to offer an opportunity to address the neglect of the educational needs and aspirations of older Australians.

 A public meeting was held later that year to assess the interest from retired members of the community.  The venue was filled to capacity.  The four friends answered numerous questions and it became clear that the notion of a self-managed education program operated for and by older people had struck a cord.  An interim committee of volunteers was formed and a plan of action developed.  Within a very short time four U3As were established.

 From these four U3As established in 1984, the movement has grown to 109 across Metropolitan and Rural Victoria with around 38,000 members in 2018.  Each U3A is an independent body operating under an elected Committee of Management.  Members pay an annual subscription fee to join which ranges between $25 and $100 and entitles members to join as many classes as they wish. For further information about the history of the U3A movement in Victoria, please click here.


For 2019, U3A Network Victoria Committee and committee conveners are:

Network Committee

Photo credit: Dianne McCormack - U3A Knox 'Knox Acrylics'

Photo credit: Dianne McCormack - U3A Knox 'Knox Acrylics'

President              Susan Webster, U3A Box Hill

Vice President      Del Stitz, U3A Glen Eira

Vice President      Glen Wall, U3A Whittlesea

Secretary              Carol Neumann, U3A Hobsons Bay - Williamstown

Treasurer   Debra Forbes, U3A Nilumbik

Committee members

Stephen Damm - U3A Knox

Helen Elliott, U3A Box Hill

Lynne Hall-Cavanagh, U3A Ararat

Neil Head - U3A Brimbank

Russell Huntington, U3A Melbourne City

Pauline O'Brien, U3A Moreland

Photo credit: Allan Fowler - U3A Whittlesea 'Thursday Bike RIde'

Photo credit: Allan Fowler - U3A Whittlesea 'Thursday Bike RIde'

U3A Committees and Conveners

Convenor U-MAS Support Team and Website Template Project 

Kevin Whelan, U3A Whittlesea

Finance Committee

Susan Webster

Planning Convenor

Del Stitz, U3A Glen Eira

Regions Committee

Neil Shaw, U3A Prom Coast

Our Support Team

Administration Manager                       Tracey Swadling

Development and Support Officer       Anne Grigg, U3A Kingston

Project Officer     Sue Cullen

Network’s representatives may be contacted through the Network Office on (03) 9670 3659 or via info@u3avictoria.com.au.

For all media or publicity matters, please contact Del Stitz via marketing@u3avictoria.com.au or (03) 9670 3659.