The Western Australian Adult Literacy Council

The Western Australian Adult Literacy Council (WAALC) was established with the purpose of ensuring that all adult West Australians have the opportunity to develop the literacy and numeracy skills required to actively participate in our increasingly complex society.

WAALC acknowledges the Aboriginal people of Western Australia as the traditional custodians of the lands.

We honour their cultures and languages and pay respect to the elders past present and emerging.

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Keep up to date with adult literacy and numeracy in Australia

Here’s three great places to start are:

Australian Council for Adult Literacy

Australian Council of Adult Literacy

The Australian Council of Adult Literacy (ACAL) publishes a regular free newsletter with news and opinion pieces about adult literacy and numeracy. Add yourself to their email list: you don’t need to be a member of ACAL.

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FS Teach

FS Teach

FS Teach Facebook page includes quite a lot of news but has the added benefit of hundreds of members across Australia who can answer your questions about foundation skills.

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Reading Writing Hotline

Adult Learning Australia

Adult Learning Australia offers more generic adult education focused information including webinars, a journal and undertakes an advocacy role.


Reading Writing Hotline

Need a service for an adult to improve their reading writing or mathematics?

Reading Writing Hotline

Call Reading Writing Hotline 1300 655 06 or visit their website.

They have contact details for TAFE classes, free jobseeker programs, individual tutors and can even help with suggestions if you want to study at home on your own.

One of the programs they will offer you is the Western Australia volunteer tutor program called Read Write Now. Sessions are weekly for an hour and a half, one-to-one and free of charge. Volunteer tutors meet with students in a public venue e.g. TAFE campus, public library, community centre etc.

Find out more, including eligibility, at the Read Write Now website. Interested students can ring Read Write Now directly on 1800 018 802.