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A Critical Lens ACAL’s 2020 National Conference will place a critical lens on contemporary issues facing the field 20 years on from the launch of the transformational Multiliteracies Framework (Learning by Design). It will seek to respond to topics that continue to pose challenges for teaching and learning. The...

LLN educators play an important role in ensuring Australian democracy thrives, by providing education and training, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in society. The Australian ACE sector and indeed the whole of the VET sector provides a great deal of value to support Australian democracy. Community...

In January we reported on the shrinking number of adult literacy and numeracy teachers in the field due to retirement, casualization of the workforce, policy changes and the closure of specialist tertiary training programs.  Whilst Graduate Diploma courses are not currently offered by any university...

Wednesday 25 March, 2020 1:00PM – 1:45PM AEDT 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM ACDT where it’s being hosted but (check local times) This 45 minute ‘invitation only’ webinar will focus on the aspects of VOCEDplus that will support those working in the field of adult literacy/numeracy/foundation skills. VOCEDplus...

As part of its VET skills package, the Australian Government recently announced two new initiatives in the adult literacy space, starting in 2020. Foundation Skills for your Future Program  More details Note:this tender has now closed for more information contact Employment-FoundationSkills@dese.gov.au This program focusses on employees who need...

Hotline Manager Vanessa Iles was also in Brisbane last month for a presentation at the fantastic CCA Conference. As usual, the conference was outstanding in bringing together really stimulating ideas and people from the adult learning and community capability worlds. Vanessa was also thrilled to...

The mid north coast of NSW has been the Hotline’s focus for a range of awareness-building and promotional activities in recent months, and was selected because it has relatively good adult LLN provision. The Hotline reached out to community centres, churches, libraries, clubs, service organisations...

Despite the fact that LLN is universally acknowledged as a vital underpinning skill for adults in all walks of life, it appears that qualified adult LLN teachers are becoming very hard to find. Specialist graduate qualifications in adult literacy/numeracy will not be offered by ...

The Hotline has held productive conversations with the Commonwealth to clarify guidelines around eligibility for outcome payments under the Transition to Work and ParentsNext programs, and other issues around SEE/AMEP. The Hotline has regularly been fielding calls from students, program providers, RTOs and community organisations...

Barry is an old shearer who was a 'ratbag at school' and never learnt to read and write properly. He said his desk was outside the principal’s office. He got to Year 7 but was always disruptive. Now he is finding day to day life difficult...