The TLN is the not-for-profit professional development provider supported by the Australian Education Union (AEU - Victorian branch) and the Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania (IEU) to provide professional learning for education workers. The TLN is an incorporated company with representatives from both unions on the Committee of Management. The TLN has been in operation since 1994.
The TLN is a member based organisation. Over 700 schools, early childhood centres, kindergartens, education centres and individuals are members. Members receive a range of benefits and discounts and are consulted by the TLN on their professional development needs. Membership is open to any school, early learning centre, kindergarten, education institution or individual in Australia.
The TLN provides excellent professional development programs for school leaders, classroom teachers, early childhood teachers and assistants, and School Support Staff. Programs are open to all education workers but are offered at substantial discounts (or free) to TLN members.
The TLN identifies exemplary educational practitioners with the relevant experience and skills to facilitate quality professional development. Courses for classroom teachers are delivered by facilitators with current or recent classroom experience.
The TLN provides a consultancy service for member schools, identifying and linking facilitators with the needs of the school.
The TLN also produces a high quality professional journal three times per year. The journal is written ‘by practitioners for practitioners’. The journal has a practical emphasis focusing on curriculum and classroom issues.
The TLN works collaboratively with other organisations in the education community. Strategic partnerships are maintained with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the Catholic Education Office, the Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria and Kindergarten organisations including Ballarat and District Kindergarten Teachers Association (BDKTA), BPA Children's Services and Kinders Together.