NSW Adult Literacy & Numeracy Council

The professional body for adult literacy and numeracy in NSW

The NSWALNC is the peak professional body representing teachers, workers & others interested in the field of adult literacy & numeracy. It was established in the late 1970s & is affiliated with the Australian Council of Adult Literacy(ACAL).

Reading for currency

Pam Osmond - From 1977 to 2017: How did we get here?

2019 Submission to the VET Review

The concept of Foundation Skills

Learning as resistance, learning as desistance: rethinking the purpose of adult basic skills education in prisons. Fiona McGregor

Our Constitution


Home idioms - for example who brings home the bacon in their family? Was it so when they were growing up? Are there cultural differences about who brings home the bacon? Student stories could easily come from this.

Tutor Tips from Queensland Council for Adult Literacy
National Reporting System (NRS)
"io" Language and Community Zine
Communication in Education and Training Pty Ltd
CAE Further Education
International database for Technical and Vocational Edu. and Training Research

Statistics on Adult Literacy
Library references

Aspects of Literacy - Canberra, Aust Bureau of Statistics, 1997
Wickert, R - No Single Measure, Dept Education & Training, Canberra, 1989
Goyen, J D - Adult Illiteracy in Sydney, Canberra, AAAE, 1977

Adult Literacy and Numeracy Councils

Australian Council of Adult Literacy (ACAL) www.acal.edu.au
Queensland Council of Adult Literacy (QCAL) http://www.qcal.org.au/index.php
South Australian Council of Adult Literacy (SACAL) http://www.sacal.sa.edu.au/
Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC) www.valbec.org.au
Western Australian Adult Literacy Council (WAALC) http://www.waalc.org.au/

NSW Links

NSW Adult Migrant English Service (AMES) www.ames.edu.au
The Reading Writing Hotline www.literacyline.edu.au
State Library sl.nsw.gov.au
TAFE NSW www.tafensw.edu.au
SPELD http://www.speldnsw.org.au/
Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ATESOL) http://www.atesolnsw.org/

Around the nation

Skills for Education and Employment
The Reading Writing Hotline
Australian government literacy and numeracy: http://australia.gov.au/topics/education-and-training/literacy-and-numeracy
Australian government literacy week: http://www.literacyandnumeracy.gov.au/
Adult Learning Australia (ALA) www.ala.asn.au
Australian Literacy Educators’ Association www.alea.edu.au
The demise of Educational Network Australia (EdNA)
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) www.ncver.edu.au


OECD www.oecd.org/edu/innovation-education/adultliteracy.htm
Research and Practice in Adult Literacy (RaPAL UK) http://rapal.org.uk
International Reading Association www.reading.org
Asia Pasific Literacy Database www.accu.or.jp/litdbase/
National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) Canada http://www.nald.ca/index.htm

If you have any other sites you think should be on this list, please email the address to nswalnc@gmail.com