It was launched as a campus for the North-Eastern Regional suburbs (under the original name of Yarra Valley U3A) in July 1986. The foundational members numbered 59 and at a meeting in the Condor Room in the Heidelberg Town hall, a steering committee of 19 members established a thriving U3A. Some of the foundation courses are still offered today, but under a changed format.
In July 2016 the 30th Anniversary was celebrated at the Streeton Room, Ivanhoe Centre. For this event the Story of U3A Banyule was written which highlights the growth and development of U3A Banyule since 1986. Today we have over 800 members and offer in excess of 150 courses and activities each year.
Life membership is awarded to members who have rendered distinguished voluntary service to U3A Banyule for over a lengthy period. To be considered as distinguished service, the service must be both sustained, and provide a conspicuous contribution.
Our Life Members are:
1. To establish and operate an Association to provide learning opportunities especially for people of 50 years and older.
2. To make full use of members’ personal skills and abilities to teach and learn together.
3. To organise and conduct courses of learning.
4. To provide accommodation, facilities and services for these purposes.
5. To generally act as a self help body of volunteers interested in their own and community education.
U3A Banyule operates on behalf of its members according to the Constitution.
In 2014, U3A Banyule was the proud recipient of the Banyule Volunteer Group Award.