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Our Focus

Through the provision of accessible learning, community and work opportunities that build skills, confidence and hope, we shape the community of tomorrow, break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage and enable people to improve their quality of life.

Who We Are

Our Vision

Changing lives through education



PRACE (Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education, Inc. – TOID 4036) is a registered not-for-profit charitable organisation committed to meeting the language, literacy and numeracy, vocational training and further education needs of the local community. PRACE has been running programs to achieve this since 1993.

PRACE is regarded as a key English as an Additional Language and literacy and numeracy adult education provider in the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne and has gained a national and international presence within the field through the development and distribution of a range of literacy resources: paper based and online learning materials.

PRACE also runs a number of youth programs; vocational education and training; and is registered as an independent school PRACE College.

PRACE delivers training at a number of venues including Merrilands Community Centre (main campus), Reservoir Neighbourhood House, East Preston Community Centre, Northland Youth Centre, and Thomastown Neighbourhood House.

Find out about our partners and funding bodies here.


PRACE is governed by a Board of Management comprised of local community members with strong representation in all key operational areas. Board members generously volunteer their time and expertise to the governance of PRACE.

 PRACE Rules of Association

2021/22 Board of Management

Chair: Ann Haynes
Treasurer: Fraser Baxter
Secretary: Adele McBride
Deputy Chair: Sharon Hutchinson
Ordinary Members:  David Redfearn

Discover why PRACE is the place to be for people of all ages!