About U3A Central Coast Tasmania

U3A Central Coast Tas is a self-help, voluntary, not-for-profit organisation and part of the world-wide network of Universities of the Third Age (U3A).  We invite you to find out more about who we are, what we do and how to become a member by exploring our website. 

Our beginnings

U3A Central Coast Tasmania aims to extend opportunities in our community for lifelong learning and skill-sharing for enjoying active retirement.  After a public meeting in November 2016 to gauge community interest, we launched our first program in April 2017. 

If you enjoy learning new things and like to keep your mind and body active, develop new social networks or share your skills and experience with others, then U3A Central Coast is for you. 

Our plans

Over time we have built a group of volunteer tutors and course leaders who offer an extensive course program for our members. 

We are always looking for new offerings. You need no formal qualifications to attend a course or to become a tutor. There are no examinations or tests.  All tutors give their time and expertise voluntarily. They love their subjects and enjoy sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with others. Some use their trade, business or professional expertise; others are happy to share a life-long hobby or interest with like-minded people.

You may participate in as many courses as you wish for an annual membership fee (which was $40.00 in 2022). 

The U3A movement

Universities of the Third Age, or U3As, as they are more often called, are voluntary, non-profit organisations which aim to offer older people low-cost educational opportunities which operate in a pleasant, supportive social setting. There are no formal entry requirements, no examinations and no “awards”. U3As are basically self-help groups built on the premise that collectively older people have the skills and knowledge to provide learning opportunities (education) for themselves.