About Us

Pioneering Education since 1883

Acknowledge Education (AE) has a proud history, tracing back to its establishment in 1883, marking Acknowledge Education as the first Australian institution to provide specialist business training.

Founded by Sydney Stott, the college was one of the first to introduce typewriters to Australia to equip the workforce with typewriting skills.

We have a well-documented history of consistent growth and a strong reputation for adaptability.  Pivoting to align with the evolving needs of both the business and education sectors, enabling sustained and significant growth.

AE joins the UP Education Group in 2022.

AE is now a leading multi-sector education provider delivering ELICOS, Senior Secondary, Vocational and Higher Education courses in Health,  Human Studies, Engineering Design and Construction, Tourism and Hospitality, VCE Year 11 and 12 across Australia.

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Our Mission

“Equipping students to achieve their goals through quality education.”

Our Vision and Purpose

  • Empowerment Through EducationAt our core, we are dedicated to empowering students to achieve their dreams through guidance and education
  • Holistic Approach We nurture well-rounded individuals, fostering academic, personal,and social growth through our values of integrity, inclusivity, and student-centricity.
    We strive to ensure students are heard, valued, and prepared.
  • Career-Ready Graduates We prioritise real-world skills, collaboration, and resilience to help students achieve their goals. Our experienced staff, supportive community, and practical curriculum prepare students for impactful careers.



Our Values

  • Accountability:We own our actions and decisions, ensuring everything we do aligns with our mission to equip students
  • Agility and Innovation: We adapt quickly to change to ensure we continually improve to benefit our students and alumni.
  • Collaboration: We leverage our collective expertise and experience to maximise our education impact.
  • Integrity: Honesty and consistency underpin every action to build on a foundation of trust with our students, staff and partners.
  • Student-Centric: Students are at the heart of everything we do, prioritising their needs and successful academic journey.
  • Inclusivity: We embrace diversity and ensure every individual is heard and listened to.


Acknowledge Education has three campuses in Melbourne (Melbourne CBD and Brunswick), two in Sydney (Oxford Street and Barangaroo), one in Perth (Wellington Street) and one in Brisbane (Fortitude Valley).

Acknowledge Education Pty Ltd trades as Stott’s Colleges, Australian Surf Industry Training School, Front Cooking School, Melbourne Language Centre, and Affectors Academy.





Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Custodians of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

Exhibition Street Campus (Head Office)
168 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia Phone: +61 3 9663 3399
Bourke Street Campus
Level 4, 222 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia Phone: +61 3 9663 3577
Brunswick Campus
107 Brunswick Road, Brunswick, VIC 3056, Australia Phone: +61 3 9387 8215
Oxford Street Campus
Level 1, 55-73 Oxford Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales 2010, Australia Phone: +61 2 8556 7525
Barangaroo Campus
60 Hickson Road, Barangaroo, NSW 2000, Australia Phone: +61 2 9252 5991
Perth Campus
1/647 Wellington Street, Perth, WA 6000, Australia Phone: +61 8 6355 5919
Brisbane Campus
225 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, Australia Phone: +61 7 3733 0997
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