The Australian Council for Adult Literacy promotes adult literacy and numeracy policy and practice

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Adult Learners Week 2020

Webinar: Literacy education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Friday 12-1pm August 28, 2020.

This webinar workshop is inspired by the Literacy 4.0 Project


How to write to your MP

Contact your MPACAL is creating a kit for practitioners and their students about contacting MPs and raising issues of importance to constituents during times of social, economic and political transformation.

Letter to Prime Minister

ACAL have worked with Adult Learning Australia (ALA) to contact the Prime Minister. The letter, focussing on improved Adult Literacy – Critical for the Regeneration of Australia, draws attention to Australians with low literacy, numeracy and digital skills who are vulnerable to social isolation and unemployment as jobs disappear in the face of technological change, globalisation and COVID-19.
We look forward a response and will update you as information is received.
Jo Medlin, ACAL President

Tax Office – Digital inclusion guide

Every interaction matters

ATO Figital Inclusion GuideThe ATO has the goal to deliver digital services that meet the needs of everyone in Australia.

This guide explains the:

  • diversity of the Australian community
  • complexity of how we connect in a digital world
  • importance of accessibility
  • value of inclusion.

The Digital inclusion guide is also available in Portable Document Format (PDF) – ATO Digital inclusion guide (PDF, 3.489KB) This link will download a file.

New Adult Literacy and Numeracy Reform in Victoria

Victorian Ministerial StatementACAL welcomes the commitment to adult literacy and numeracy from the Victorian government in the Adult Community Education sector in the form a new reform agenda. ACAL welcomes the commitment to adult literacy and numeracy from the Victorian government in the Adult Community Education sector in the form a new reform agenda. Responding to PIAAC data that estimated Victoria has 650,000 adults at the lowest levels of literacy, the Further Opportunities for Adult Learners (FOAL) project was conducted in 2018.

This project informed the need for a Ministerial Statement that would support the sector to ensure all Victorians, particularly those at risk, had access to further training, securing meaningful employment, and to full economic and social participation in their lives.

Low English literacy in Australian Aboriginal communities

Literacy fo Life Foundation logoThe latest paper from our Australian Research Council-funded examination of the Literacy for Life Foundation Aboriginal adult literacy campaign, ‘Quantifying low English literacy in Australian Aboriginal communities: a correlational study’ is being published online in ‘The Australian Educational Researcher’.

While the English literacy outcomes of Aboriginal children are constantly measured and debated, attention falls away once they leave school, leading to limited data on English literacy rates among Australia’s Aboriginal adults. This paper reports on an investigation into the prevalence of low literacy in adults in eight Aboriginal communities in NSW, Australia, drawing on both self-report data from household surveys and objective professional assessments using the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

2020 ACAL Conference

teddy bear with maskThe ACAL 2020 national conference organising committee has observed the cancellation of numerous gatherings around the world, as well as locally, due to concerns about the health impacts of CoVID-19 and have carefully reviewed ACAL’s own situation.

As a result we have determined that there WILL NOT be a national conference held this year.  It will be only the second time in ACAL’s 44-year history that this has occurred – the last being in 1993. Our decision-making has, of necessity, been guided by prioritising everyone’s health and well-being.

We are aware of the value placed on the annual conference by delegates and ask for your understanding at this time. While the current situation makes it impossible to have certainty that we would be able  to provide a truly safe environment this year, we look forward with anticipation to the 2021 event.

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‘Resilience – Stories of Adult Learning’

This anthology of adult learner stories is testimony to the resilience of human lives and the critical role of lifelong learning.


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A review of documents relating to adult literacy and numeracy

Read them here