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.

Latest News

WAALC’s Application for Charity Status

As part of WAALC’s application for Charity status to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), we require information about how, for instance, WAALC’s conference, website, and networking activities have assisted your knowledge, skills and practice when working with LLNDE adult learners. 

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Practice engagement makes perfect

Practice engagement theory (PET) holds that adult literacy and numeracy proficiency develops as a result of engaging in everyday reading, writing and maths practices. Reciprocally, an adult’s proficiency affects their engagement in everyday literacy and numeracy practices.

PET, along with a growing body of longitudinal research, confirms that literacy and numeracy interventions that increase engagement in meaningful everyday practices builds proficiency over time.

Digital literacies

The concept of ‘digital literacies’ is defined and understood in many different ways. The perspective which is widely accepted views digital literacies as social practices. 

To be digitally literate means to have a rich repertoire of skills, knowledge, understandings and ways of thinking to interpret, create, manage and share meanings through different digital channels, for different purposes, in various contexts and with different audiences.

Jo Medlin teaches adults to read and write

Today, Jo is the president of the president of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy.

Some of her students start their classes without being able to write their weekly shopping list.

Others are motivated to learn so they can write family members a card on their own.

All have to confront their low self-confidence to succeed.

Integrating Digital Tools for Adult Learners: Four Critical Factors

The numbers are staggering — an estimated 36 million adults lack the basic literacy, numeracy, and job skills necessary to find well-paying jobs and navigate public and social systems. What’s more, the number of education programs that serve these adults is woefully low. According to a report from Tyton Partners1, our federal- and state-funded programs have the capacity to serve only about four million of the 36 million.

'Lost For Words' returns for S2, to tackle Australia's low literacy and numeracy levels

Season 2 of this powerful and inspiring documentary premieres Wednesday 12 October at 7.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.

The Smith Family Digital Access Program

Our Digital Access approach improves families’ digital inclusion by ensuring all Learning for Life families have access to low cost internet and devices as well as tech support and the knowledge on how to make the most of the technology they have.

Tools for Tutors

Our toolkits are designed to work for informal and formal learning alike.
This part of the toolkit looks at how you can use the learner cards to deliver a formal learning course.

Note: This is an UK Website

BBC Skillswise

A collection of free videos and downloadable worksheets to help adult learners improve reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Cyber and Digital Literacy Resources


Interesting article from UK Website –

Teaching literacy skills to adults


WAALC is proud to be associated with the State Library of Western Australia

Keep up to date with adult literacy and numeracy in Australia

Here’s Five great places to start are:


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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 6 555 06 or visit their website.