ACAL Scholarships for the 2014 Conference 'Literacy: a learning spiral for life'


In keeping with its charter of promoting adult literacy and numeracy policy and practice, the Australian Council for Adult Literacy invites applications for a limited number of scholarships to attend the forthcoming ACAL Conference 'Literacy: a learning spiral for life' to be held 3-4 October, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza, Gold Coast.

ACAL is offering scholarships for

  • a limited number of people residing in Australia

  • one person from a developing country, Asia/Pacific.

Scholarships are open to applicants who have an active interest in adult literacy and numeracy and are able to demonstrate economic, social, cultural or geographic disadvantage and who are not able to have their registration funded through their workplace.


The ACAL Scholarship objectives are to provide:

  • A professional development opportunity

  • An opportunity to meet experts in the adult literacy field, interact with colleagues from other locations and create networks

  • An opportunity to engage in practical learning sessions

  • ACAL ambassadors who share learning or progress LLN across Australia and overseas.

Discretionary distribution

ACAL values cost sharing and co-contributions. ACAL reserves the right to deem any applicant non-compliant regardless of whether the scholarship fund is fully committed or not. ACAL may decide not to award any scholarships.

Where possible funds will be paid prior to attending the conference.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered eligible, applicants must demonstrate that:

  • They undertake an active role in the field of adult literacy and numeracy work

  • They are not able to have their conference costs funded through their workplace

  • They have the capacity and commitment to share learning from the Conference at a local or state level.


  • All applicants must complete the relevant application form

  • Provide a resumé - No more than two pages highlighting RELEVANT attainments and roles (more than two pages will be ignored)

  • Additional written information is required, as described on the application form

  • Australian applicants must be an individual financial member or part of an organisation which is a financial member of ACAL or a state Council

  • If successful, provide original receipts or invoices for expenditure incurred for conference registration, travel &/or accommodation

  • If required, support the conference by chairing a session i.e. introducing the presenter and topic, timekeeping, making sure sessions start and end on tome and that rooms are left tidy and ready for the next presenter.

  • Attend both days of the conference

  • You will be required to disseminate information from the ACAL Conference to your colleagues/community and provide a report on this activity.

How to apply

Download and complete the relevant application form. Applications can be lodged by mail, fax or email, and must be submitted by the specified closing date. Late applications will not be considered.

Critical dates

The due date is June 30, 2014 and late applications will not be accepted. You will receive an email of acknowledgement once your application has been received. Applicants will be advised of the outcome by July 30, 2014.



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