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This year’s International Literacy Day will be celebrated under the theme Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies. International Literacy Day is an important reminder of global as well as our own literacy challenges. UNESCO estimates “that at...

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The Hotline is really looking forward to the in person Australian Council for Adult Literacy conference in Adelaide next week (7/8 September). We are excited to be meeting adult language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) teachers from across Australia and hearing about the important...

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Fine Print is the journal of the Victorian Adult Literacy and basic Education Council (VALBEC). It is printed three times a year and has thought provoking and analytical articles about Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy. VALBEC members get Fine Print delivered free to their...

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The 2023 Annual CCA conference promises to be another engaging, dynamic and wide ranging two days of speakers, panels and presentations including Hotline manager Vanessa Iles. The conference will focus on how place based approaches to community matter, and challenges and opportunities in the ACE...

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The NSW government is reviewing the vocational education and training sector (see review page). It is now in the consultation phase and “is focused on identifying the strengths, gaps and opportunities for improvement in skills development and training, to support our students and workforce ”...

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If you missed last year’s well attended and inspiring NSWALNC conference here is another opportunity. On Friday 8 December NSWALNC will hold their 2023 Conference at the Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology Sydney. Keynote speakers include Dr Uta Papen (Lancaster University) and Dr Katrina...

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In December 2022, the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) released a discussion paper titled the Future delivery of foundation skills training in remote Australia, how foundation skills delivery in remote Australia could be strengthened. DEWR collected feedback to this discussion paper via an online...

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Literacy and numeracy (LN) was in the news again in April, sparked by the Commonwealth government’s announcement regarding a new National Study on Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Skills. The flurry of media activity included an ABC TV interview and other radio interviews with Vanessa...

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Our sector has welcomed an extension of eligibility into the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program announced in the Budget. The Federal government wants to provide more pathways to literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LND) training with a “no wrong door” policy. Under the re-designed...

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The Hotline recently visited Darwin for meetings to advocate for increased adult literacy provision. Vanessa Iles and Jill Finch met with representatives from Charles Darwin University, a dual sector (University and TAFE) provider. We were joined by Lorraine Sushames, a very experienced literacy specialist who...

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