Wednesday 19 September 2012

2012 ACAL CONFERENCE

Forum: Connecting Literacy Across the Sectors

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Scroll down to read information about the presenters and forum discussions as included in the conference programme.

Susan Devereux, General Manager, Foundation Skills Branch will speak on The Foundation Skills jigsaw – how the pieces fit together.

There is quite a lot happening in the Foundations Skills space and the various pieces of the jigsaw can be confusing for many. Luckily the National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults brings all the pieces together. This presentation will outline how this strategy provides a coherent framework for action on Adult Literacy across four key areas:

  • raising awareness
  • quality of Adult Learning opportunities and outcomes
  • strengthening foundation skills in the workplace; and,
  • building capacity of the education and training workforce.

If you are interested in knowing what the Australian Government is doing for Adult Literacy, both for individuals and the workforce, you will want to attend this presentation.

Susan Devereux is the General Manager of the Foundation Skills Branch. This involves managing a range of policy and programme responses aimed at improving the foundation skills of adult Australians, including a suite of programmes tailored to the needs of jobseekers, employers and their employees and practitioner workforces. The branch is also responsible for the National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults. Susan has worked in various departments including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and various iterations of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Family and Community Services. During this time she has worked on a range of social policy issues with a particular focus on labour market and employment policy and programmes.

Download: Foundation skills jigsaw


Anita Roberts, IBSA, will provide an update of current resources and plans and how industry can connect with community LLN provision to create pathways, focusing in particular on opportunities presented by the Foundation Skills Training Package and its emphasis on collaboration between vocational practitioners and LLN specialists.

Anita has worked within the VET system at the national level since 1995 and has extensive experience in LLN policy in the VET sector. She has co-ordinated a variety of LLN projects and authored a number of reports and publications on behalf of Industry Skills Councils. Anita has worked closely with Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) on many initiatives. She is the project co-ordinator for IBSA’s project to develop a Foundation Skills Training Package. Anita is also a member of the Victorian State Advisory Committee for the Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) program.


Jane Forward, LINC Tasmania, Department of Education, will discuss a networked approach to adult literacy: a Tasmanian perspective.

Jane is the Manager of Literacy Services at LINC Tasmania, a public provider of community learning, literacy, library and information services. Recently, Jane has led the implementation of key elements of the Tasmanian Adult Literacy Action Plan 2010-15, including LINC Tasmania’s new literacy coordinator network. She is currently managing a program of projects to harness the collective efforts of business, community and government organisations to support a networked approach to adult literacy in Tasmania. This work includes a communications strategy to raise community awareness about adult literacy, the benefits of literacy skills and how and where to access support. Before joining the public service 10 years ago, Jane worked in the VET and higher education sectors, including as a researcher with the University of Tasmania, project officer with the National Employment and Training Taskforce and HR Manager with a leading Tasmanian manufacturer and enterprise-based RTO.


Dr Pat Strauss, Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology, will join with the speakers to discuss and question.

Pat is the co-programme leader of the Masters of Literacy and Numeracy Education at AUT University in New Zealand. She has been involved in teaching various literacies to students from foundation level to those enrolled on postgraduate programmes. She is particularly interested in the institutional positioning of literacy practitioners working at all levels in further and higher education, and the way in which this positioning impacts on their practice. Pat is also a keynote speaker at the conference.