State/territory associations

Many of the states and territories affiliated with ACAL have web sites with local information, resources and activities.


ALA - Adult Learning Australia

Adult Learning Australia (ALA) is a national peak body representing organisations and individuals in the adult learning field.

NCVER Adult Literacy Resource

The information in this resource is based on research funded through the Adult Literacy Research Program (ALRP). The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) managed this research program on behalf of the former Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training (now Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)). The ALRP was funded from 2002 until 2006.


ACARA is the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. It is the independent authority responsible for the development of a national curriculum, a national assessment program and a national data collection and reporting program that supports 21st century learning for all Australian students.

ACARA’s work is carried out in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including teachers, principals, governments, State and Territory education authorities, professional education associations, community groups and the general public.

You can subscribe to the ACARA e-newsletter and receive regular updates at

ALNARC - Adult Literacy and Numeracy Australian Research Consortium.

Adult Literacy National Project (Commonwealth Dept of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations)

This site contains key information about Australian adult literacy activity and links to a range of additional programme, professional development, resource, and research sites.

EdNA - Australia's free online network for educators

Education Network Australia (edna) is Australia’s leading online resource collection and collaborative network for the education and training community

NCVER - National Centre for Vocational Education Research

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is Australia's principal provider of vocational education and training (VET) research and statistics.

Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Programme

The WELL Programme provides funding to organisations to train workers in English language, literacy and numeracy skills.

ACTA - Australian Council of TESOL Associations

The national coordinating body for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

ACOSS - Australian Council of Social Service

Dusseldorp Skills Forum

The Dusseldorp Skills Forum (DSF) seeks to achieve changes needed to enable all Australians to reach their potential through the acquisition of skills and knowledge.



NIACE – National Institute for Adult and Community Education

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) aims to encourage all adults to engage in learning of all kinds. NIACE ia a charity, a company limited by guarantee and a member-led, non-governmental organisation. Its membership base is made up of individual and corporate members, who range from universities, colleges and local authorities to the BBC, the National Federation of Women's Institutes, the Trades Union Congress and the Ministry of Defence.

RaPAL – Research and Practice in Adult Literacy

RaPAL is the only British national organisation that focuses on the role of literacy in adult life. We are an independent network of learners, teachers, managers and researchers in adult basic education. RaPAL was established in 1985 and is supported by membership subscription only. Any individual or institution may join who sympathises with our aims.


The New Zealand Centre for Workforce Literacy Development is a not-for-profit organisation specialising in improving workforce literacy

The Centre for Literacy

A resource, professional development and research centre that supports best practices and informed policy development in literacy, by creating bridges between research, policy and practice.

OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


Technology helping lteracy

NRDC National Research and Development Centre

Dedicated to conducting research and development projects to improve literacy, numeracy, language and related skills and knowledge

NCSALL - National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy

Research and development center focused solely on adult learning.

UK Government support services


2012 National Year of Reading

The Year of Reading