ACAL Conference scholarship

Most years ACAL provides a scholarship for someone to attend the conference who would otherwise not be able. In the past we have supported people from Timor-Leste, Vanuatu and people from Australian community organisations.

This year our ACAL Conference Scholarship will support an Indigenous adult literacy and numeracy practitioner to attend the 2016 conference and develop their practice and networks.

This scholarship has now been awarded.

Other financial support and scholarships

Resilience Stories Project extended until April 30

Thanks so much to everyone who has supported their learners and colleagues to share stories of resilience through learning. A number of stories have come in so far, and we'll be publishing them via the UK project site, as well as posting extracts on the facebook page. The big news is that we'll be extending this project to April 30 next year. So this could give you the chance get involved and open the year with an exploration of personal narrative.


RaPAL is a UK based organisation that focuses on the role of literacies in adult life. RaPAL does this by

  • promoting effective and innovative practices in adult literacies teaching, learning and research

  • supporting adult literacies practitioners and researchers

  • engaging in debates that touch on English language and literacy, numeracy and digital skills across homes, communities and workplaces.

ACAL is actively seeking opportunities to share with RaPAL for the benefit of members of both organisations.

2016 ACAL-ACTA Conference in Perth

2016 ACAL-ACTA Conference in Perth • Registrations open

The conference Diversity: exchanging ways of being will be held in Perth on 7-11 Apri 2016 with symposia before and after.

The conference is presented by the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL) and the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA), in association with local Western Australian hosts, the Western Australian Adult Literacy Council (WAALC) and Westralian Association for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (WATESOL).

Registration details

Conference now has pre- and post-conference symposia making 5 days in total

5 days at a glance

What's different in 2016?

Four host organisations, up to 500 delegates and four additional symposia to choose from.

Symposia details

More choices…

There are 6 keynote speakers with paired keynote presentations and 12 concurrent session blocks.

Session details

Conference overview


2015 ACAL conference in Adelaide

ACAL conference 2015 - Adelaide

Adult language, literacy and numeracy educators and learners need the resilience to adjust to the evolving economic, social and political climate. This means being bold, adaptable, flexible, courageous and willing to take risks.

A major risk for educators is the range of external pressures which threaten the continued provision of quality programs. The risk for learners is not reaching their full potential. For the preservation of quality programs all stakeholders must be influenced by current research, maintain professional standards, advocate, and engage learners in order for the sector to evolve and maintain relevance.

See presentations

'Sharing and reflecting on numeracy teaching practice' webinar

webinar logoMissed the webinars on July 22 and Aug 5?

See a video recording of the August 5 webinar.

Documents and links referred to during the webinar

A remote solution to strengthening workforce capacity in LLN

Ros Bauer

Listen again

The webinar is now available on the ACAL YouTube channel.


Some webinar feedback

  • Great practical demonstration about what can work, can we have more examples like this to show what does work

  • Thanks again. Great presentation.

  • Inspiring

  • Fabulous way to engage a broad range of people important topic.

  • (And yes, the sound was an issue for some. Apologies, we'll look at ways to improve it for future webinars.)

What was the program Ros mentioned?

More on the SkillSet

The webinar covered the benefits of engaging with the TAESS00009 Address Foundation Skills in Vocational Practice Skillset.

Free downloadable IBSA Implementation guide for the Skillset

Ros Bauer was the 2013 Australian Training Awards Winner – Excellence in Adult Language Literacy Numeracy Practice. (see YouTube) She is passionate about implementing programs to support people with the development of their language, literacy and numeracy skills. With a Masters of Education, specialising in literacy and teaching English to speakers of other languages, and with more than 17 years’ experience in the field, Ros is currently working with Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse learners, trainers , mentors and other support staff, in the remote Northern Territory community of Yuendumu.

Webinar - 'Building Strength with Numeracy' free VALBEC resources

ACAL and QCAL had a webinar on using the free VALBEC numeracy resources. Over 100 people joined in while the author, Beth Marr, took us through some strategic thinking as well as presentation tips.

This event is now concluded but you can still watch it.

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Download the free resources

Glossary of terms

The NCVER website has a glossary of terms that are very useful and updated regularly. The glossary includes:

  • VET terms and concepts, including adult and continuing education and lifelong learning

  • Australian VET organisations and some key international VET organisations

  • Key Australian historical documents

  • VET-related acronyms.

Articles and publications

Literacy and Numeracy Studies: An international journal in the education and training of adults

Access the journal.


New readers will need to register, but there is no cost.


2015 conference

2014 Conference

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Taking the Lead

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This is a one-stop shop for information and advice on developing core language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills in the service industries.