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

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Volunteering and Adult Literacy Pathways Survey
ACAL and The Hotline have been contacted by many people who have been energised by Lost for Words and either want to pursue a career in adult literacy or volunteer their time.
We have created a survey so we can capture this interest. We intend to use the results to demonstrate to governments across Australia that the community cares about adult literacy and that if they help provide opportunities to get involved people will step up!
If you are contacted by someone asking how to volunteer or how to work in the field, please encourage them to do this survey.
Click here for the survey

2021 ACAL stretched Conference

A conference with a difference

ACAL Adult Literacy and Numeracy Policy Proposal 2021

ACAL calls on the Federal Government to develop an Adult Literacy and Numeracy Policy at the level of the Prime Ministerial Office. Read the policy proposal here.

Member-only webinars

Theorising pathways to remote adult literacies with John Guenther

John Guenther is the Research Leader—Education and Training, with the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. He has worked as an adult learning practitioner in the Adult and Community Education, Vocational Training and Higher Education sectors. For the last 18 years his focus has been on research in northern Australia, and more specifically working with remote First Nations communities.

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ACAL’s submission to Parliamentary inquiry
into Adult Literacy and Its Importance ►

Teaching in Isolation – ACAL study ►

Adult Literacy and Numeracy Teaching experiences during the 2020 COVID-19 Isolation Period – ACAL study

2021 Arch Nelson Address • video ►

‘Moments in time – tensions, trajectories and intersections’ with Lorraine Sushames.

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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.


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.

Reading Writing Hotline figures

Want help with reading, writing or basic maths?

Start with the
Reading Writing Hotline or call 1300 6 555 06

Free national referral service for adults

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Have you read it?

A review of documents relating to adult literacy and numeracy

Read them here