IPEd National Editors Conference

The 10th IPEd National Editors Conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania from Monday 28Wednesday 30 June 2021.

IPEd Strategic Plan

IPEd Strategic Plan July 2017 to June 2020.

Branch Events

The branches of IPEd host workshops, seminars, member meetings and other events that are open to all IPEd members. Information and booking details for these are listed on the Events page of this website.

Editors enter the profession from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

Updated March 2016

Editors gain their skills through formal education, experience, on-the-job training, mentoring and other career paths. The principle of lifelong learning and education is taken for granted within the editorial profession. It is essential for the professional development of individuals, and the health and relevance of the profession at large.

Many of the programs that offer education and training in editing are listed on the joint Australian governments' myfuture website which can be accessed from this myfuture weblink.

IPEd does not endorse or recommend any of the courses listed on this page.

University programs

A number of Australian universities, listed below, offer studies in editing, either on campus or online. Entering 'editing' and/or 'publishing' in university websites' search engines should take you to relevant programs.

Undergraduate programs sometimes combine studies in editing and publishing with related disciplines, such as professional writing and journalism. Undergraduate programs are available at the following universities: 

Curtin University

Deakin University

Flinders University

Griffith University

La Trobe University

University of Melbourne
University of New England

University of Queensland

RMIT University

University of South Australia

Southern Cross University
University of the Sunshine Coast

Swinburne University of Technology 

University of Western Sydney
University of Wollongong

Postgraduate programs are available at the following universities which can be accessed on the hyperlinks in the table below:

University of Adelaide
University of Canberra

Central Queensland University

Curtin University

Deakin  University

La Trobe University
Macquarie University

University of Melbourne

University of Queensland

Queensland University of Technology

RMIT University
University of South Australia
University of Southern Queensland

University of Technology Sydney

TAFE programs

Many TAFE campuses in Australia (and some universities in Victoria) provide courses in proofreading, editing and publishing. These include both vocational/award courses and short courses.

Short courses in proofreading and editing are available in New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. You can study these courses internally (Sydney and Adelaide) or externally (Queensland and South Australia). They cover basic skills.

A one-semester Journalism (Editing for Publication) course is available in Canberra. Delivery is internal.

A Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing is available in Victoria. While this course focuses on writing, it does include editing subjects. You can study internally, online or via flexible/external delivery.

A Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing course is available in Victoria. This course focuses on writing skills, but it does include some editing subjects. You can choose either internal or online delivery.

An Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing) course is available in Adelaide. While it focuses on writing skills, it includes some editing subjects.

Award courses offered by private providers

Websites for the following colleges can be accessed from the hyperlinks below.

Australian College, Sydney, NSW

Certificate of Applied Copyediting and Proofreading, Certificate of Editing and Publishing and Certificate of Advanced Editing and Publishing (distance learning or online courses)

Non-award courses and workshops

Websites for the following organisations can be accessed from the hyperlinks below.
Australian Publishers Association (APA)

Face-to-face workshops in editing and proofreading from time to time

Biotext, Canberra, ACT

Face-to-face workshops in science editing and writing

Cadman Editing Services, Bellingen, NSW

Online and face-to-face training in editing, MS Word and reference management software

Nicola O'Shea editing services and training

Structural Editing for Editors: An online course to develop your fiction structural editing skills

Capstone Editing

Your Editing Career Launched

Centres for Adult Education

Face-to-face workshops in editing and proofreading from time to time. (Contact the Centre for Adult Education or equivalent in your state or territory for current information.)

Emend Editing, Sydney, NSW

Online and face-to-face courses in professional editing

Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)

Short courses on editing, with some longer, structured programs from time to time. (Contact the WEA in your state or territory for current information.)

Writers’ Centres

Most Australian Writers’ Centres offer workshops in editing. (Contact the Writers’ Centre in your region for current information.)

Australian Writers' Centre, Sydney, NSW

The centre offers a range of writing and editing courses both face-to-face (in Sydney and Melbourne) and online.

Find an editor

IPEd has established the Editors Directory. Clients can search the directory for freelance editors using specific criteria. These will identify editors that have specific interests, skills or experience in certain areas.