Our Purpose and History

The purposes of the Association are:

  1. To empower through learning and to promote the Four Pillars of Learning, as described by UNESCO.

  2. To provide classes and activities for mature-aged persons who wish to develop knowledge and skills.

  3. To conduct programs for its members in the local community.

  4. To encourage members to contribute their time and talents to assist with the organisation and management of the Association and to volunteer as tutors or class leaders.

  5. To operate as a learning co-operative to offer lifelong learning opportunities and promote positive ageing in a friendly and enjoyable environment;


The University of the Third Age (U3A) originated in Toulouse France in 1973,  moved to the United Kingdom in 1982 and was founded in Australia (Melbourne) in 1984. There are now well over 200 U3A groups throughout Australia and national membership is heading towards 100,000. The U3A movement has been identified through academic research as being the fastest-growing adult education movement in the country. 

The Port Sorell U3A was established by a volunteer committee in 2014 and presently offers over 30 programs per year to 375 members. 

U3A brings together people in their Third Age to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment.

Members of each U3A draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other (peer to peer learning).

There are no formal qualifications or exams to pass and there is no age limit to join U3A; the only criterion to join is that you are no longer in full-time employment (you are in the third stage of your life) and have the time to take part in the activities and learning on offer.