A position paper from the Australian Council for Adult Literacy

Prepared by Dr Keiko Yasukawa and Professor Joseph Lo Bianco, with Pamela Osmond and Vanessa Iles for the Australian Council for Adult Literacy

At the annual 2019 ACAL conference held in Sydney, the pre-conference was led by Professor Joseph Lo Bianco and attended by 60 LN stakeholders. The title of the pre-conference was Weaving a richer narrative of adult literacy and numeracy – a workshop led by Professor Joe Lo Bianco.

Dr Keiko Yasukawa and Professor Joseph Lo Bianco, with Pamela Osmond and Vanessa Iles, have used the pre-conference discussions and issues raised to formulate a paper for ACAL titled A Literacy and Numeracy Policy for Adult Australians: a position paper from the Australian Council for Adult Literacy.

The paper details four significant issues: Literacy and social outcome; Access to provision; Wastage of investment; and Changing understanding of literacy (and numeracy). The authors propose four key policy priorities: Increasing program diversity; Creating positive literate and numerate environments: Adult literacy and numeracy workforce renewal: and Adult literacy and numeracy for the post-COVID recovery.

Since the 2019 conference, a number of significant papers have been released by 26TEN that are presented in the additional information attachment as important considerations both from the Tasmanian perspective, and to further inform the conversation.

The paper has raised healthy discussion amongst the ACAL committee. We are presenting it to you, our LN stakeholders – our members and subscribers – for your consideration. To those 60 stakeholders who attended and contributed to the pre-conference discussion we thank you and trust the final document reflects the ideals you expressed at that event.

Sincere thanks to Dr Keiko Yasukawa, Professor Joseph Lo Bianco, Pamela Osmond, and Vanessa Iles for their timely work on this important document and for their commitment to current and future adult literacy and numeracy learners.

Full policy paper

26TEN documents