NSW Adult Literacy & Numeracy Council

The professional body for adult literacy and numeracy in NSW

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As the peak professional body representing teachers, workers and others interested in the field of adult literacy and numeracy the council has a voice in policy and its implentation.

Seminar reports


Publications, Submissions, Research and Podcasts

2018 Submission to PWC for input into the case for change of the TAE training package.


eNSWALNC 2018 Number 1

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2017 NSWALNC Conference - Creating Spaces for Learning and Teaching in ABE - Keynote Presentations

2017 marked 40 years since the establishment of the NSW Adult Literacy and Numeracy Council and the establishment of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy. The 2017 NSW ALNC Conference was a forum in which participants considered the different spaces in which ABE demands exist, and what participants in the field can do to shape the ways in which the demands could be met. We asked: Where are the spaces to debate policy, practice and pedagogy in ABE?

Keynote Speaker Presentations


2017 Letter to NSW Minister for Education, Rob Stokes


2017 Letter to Managinging Director of TAFE, Jon Black


2017 Feedback to: Foundation Skills Professional Standards Framework

The NSW Council for Adult Literacy and Numeracy appreciate this opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Foundation Skills Professional Standards Framework (February 2017). Some of our members had attended the workshops held in Sydney in March, which they found helpful in understanding some of the assumptions and intent of the Framework and the associated tools.

The Council is the peak professional body for adult literacy and numeracy practitioners, including teachers, trainers, program managers, and researchers in NSW. We have been involved in the professional development of LLN practitioners, and advocacy for the field for 40 years. We hope the feedback that draws on our collective knowledge and experience in the field will be considered in the next stage of development of the Professional Standards Framework.  

We limit our feedback to the following four key areas:

1.     The professional competency model of expertise

2.     Domains of the Standard

3.     The uses of the Framework

4.     The concept of Foundation Skills (download to see more)


2017 AGM Minutes and 2017 Treasurer's Statement


Views and concerns of the NSW adult literacy and numeracy workforce - NSWALNC Member Survey 2016

In 2016 the Council conducted a survey of members to gain a picture of the NSW adult literacy and numeracy workforce and their current concerns for their students and the adult literacy and numeracy field. There were 78 respondents to the survey and their profiles mirror those in similar workforce surveys: predominately female, mostly employed part time, delivering face to face training in a classroom setting and an ageing workforce. A summary of responses can be downloaded here.


2014 AGM Presidents Report, Minutes and Treasurer's report

2013 Submission to IPART

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) sought submissions on their draft report ‘Pricing VET under Smart and Skilled’ 

The Council subsmission provides professional informed feedback on the IBSA project on the development of a training package for Foundation Skills.

Submission for Smart and Skilled discussion paper

"Teachers who can critically reflect on their practice from a sound theoretical based about pedagogy are more likely to be able to devise, implement, evaluate and refine appropriate pedagogical interventions that can make some sustained difference in the students’ learning and in their confidence and self-esteem as learners.'

Submission to National Foundation Skills Strategy consultation paper

NSWALNC response to the National Foundation Skills Strategy consultation paper firmly placing LLN as a fundamental human right for all Australians.

Submission to Skills Australia

NSWALNC response to Creating a future direction for Australian vocational education and training: a discussion paper on the future of the VET system

Submission to Skills Australia

NSWALNC response to Creating a future direction for Australian vocational education and training: a discussion paper on the future of the VET system

Quality of Teaching in VET Submission

NSWALNC response to The Quality of Teaching in VET report

Submission to NVEAC

NSWALNC response to the draft Equity Blueprint: Creating Futures: Achieving Potential through VET.

LLNP provision

Letter to Minister Crean

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Making Connections

DVD and Handbook for teacher education and professional development


Red Pocket Rabbit's Foot

This wonderful and moving collection of student writings about the fortune and misfortune in their lives is a fantastic classroom resource. Order your copy - or a class set

Literacy Numeracy Exchange

Our journal is published twice a year. It contains articles of interest to people working in the adult literacy and numeracy field. The journal has a practical focus.

Some back issues are available.

Blue Sky Bicycle

We have now published this beautiful book of student writings, following our very successful writing competition. You can purchase copies from the NSW Council.