** Venue Change : Mal Nairn Auditorium (Red Precinct) **

Pre-Conference Symposium Subject to change without notice

Action for Change: Indigenous Adult English Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus Location map

The lives and livelihoods of all Australians are increasingly impacted by the knowledge economy, with its underpinning requirement for high levels of English language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills. For Indigenous Australians, low levels of English LLN continues to seriously limit participation in society, education and the economy. The consequences flow through generations and across all areas of life.

This symposium explores some national, community, and organisational models aimed at sustainable, Indigenous and community informed improvement in adult English language, literacy and numeracy. These innovative models, and discussion around their development and evaluation, are drawn from New Zealand and Australian experiences. They show how gains in Indigenous adult LLN can affect family, community and society and demonstrate the need for increased, coordinated and focused action for change that is guided by evidence and a range of models and methods.

Essential Pre-reading for the Pre- Conference Symposium

1.      The Action Statement on Aboriginal Adult LLN in the NT

Note: Please bring any ideas for changes to this draft to  the afternoon session of the Symposium – and/ or send your comments to Allison.Stewart@cdu.edu.au .

2.      Report on the November 2016 workshop on Indigenous adult English LLN

The Report of the proceedings of the pre-conference workshop at the November 2016  Indigenous Leaders conference is a compilation of presentations and is therefore an accurate record of  state/territory, regional and local models which can contribute to consultation and action  on this issue in the NT.

The design of this Symposium directly builds onto, or extends, the program of the November 2016 workshop.



8.30 – 9.00

Registration, tea and coffee
VENUE: Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus, Mal Nairn Auditorium (Red Precinct)

9:00 – 9:05 Welcome to country Larrakia Elder, Dr Curtis Roman
9:05 – 9:15 Welcome NT CAL Representative
CDU PVC Indigenous Leadership
9:15 –9.30 Overview of day
Who is in the room?
NT Strategic Priority Project on Indigenous LLN
Allison Stewart, Whole of Community Engagement Initiative, Charles Darwin University

The Adult Indigenous Language, Literacy and Numeracy Landscape

9.30 – 10.15 Keynote Address:
Building a Foundation for Change
Jack Beetson, Literacy for Life Foundation
10:15-10.45 Indigenous LLN: Statistics and the state of play Abstract
Fiona Shalley, Charles Darwin University Fellow, Allison Stewart, Whole of Community Engagement Initiative, Charles Darwin University
10:45- 11.00 Morning Tea

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Service Design and Delivery Models

11:00-11:30 New Zealand’s ‘whole-of-country’ approach to improving adult literacy and numeracy skills Abstract David Do, Tertiary Education Commission, New Zealand
11.30 -12:00 Remote Adult Community Education Centre Model: Walpiri Education and Training Trust Abstract Barbara Napanangka Martin & Ros Bauer, Walpiri Education and Training Trust with co-authors Professor Michael Christie  &  Dr Michaela Spencer, Charles Darwin University
12.00 – 1.00 Lunch
1.00 –1.30 Correctional Centre Model: Using technology for learning, empowerment and opportunity Abstract
Chris Lee and Associate Professor Helen Farley,
University of Southern Queensland
1.30 –2:00 Organisational workforce development model: Defence Indigenous Development Program Abstract Deidre Knapp & Bruce Garnett, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
2:00 – 2:15 Coffee and Tea break

The Impact of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy

2:15 -3:45 Panel: Collective Impact models for positive change in Indigenous adult English language, literacy and numeracy Abstract Sue Howard, 26TEN, plus round-table facilitators
3:45 -4.00 Summary and close

Post Symposium Function

VENUE: Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus, Mal Nairn Foyer & Auditorium

4:00 – 5.00 Refreshments and Networking Hosted by CDU PVC VET Ms Christine Robertson
5:00 – 6.30 In My Own Words’ film screening hosted by the Northern Institute Introduction by Jack Beetson