Our Foundation advocates to raise national awareness in schools, libraries, universities, businesses and the general Australian community, of the many challenges that remote Indigenous communities face when it comes to acquiring basic literacy skills.

Indigenous Literacy Day

We have a national celebration on the first Wednesday of September to encourage people across the country to stop and think about the opportunities literacy offers them and how they can assist children in remote communities who don't have the same opportunities. 

In 2016, Indigenous Literacy Day falls on Wednesday 7 September.


ILF Founder Suzy Wilson named local hero

ILF Founder Suzy Wilson won the Local Hero award for Queensland in the Australian of the Year Awards 2014. Suzy and started the Indigenous Literacy Project in 2004 when she heard about the appalling rates of illiteracy in remote communities.

The award recognised her commitment to giving Indigenous children across Australia the opportunities and joy that books and reading can provide.

ILF awarded International Book Industry Excellence Award 2014

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation won the inaugural International Education Initiative Award at London Book Fair in 2014. This award was given because the judges stated that the Foundation was able to demonstrate the impact of its programs in enhancing literacy in remote communities.

Indigenous Literacy: 'A Matter of Public Importance' - NSW Parliament

NSW parliament supported Indigenous Literacy Day as a Matter of Public Importance when Members of Parliament including Carmel Tebbutt, Kevin Anderson, Linda Burney, Guy Zangari and Gareth Ward voiced their support for our work and highlighted why:

"We know that there is a significant gap in English literacy rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Non-Aboriginal students outperform Aboriginal students in benchmark tests for reading, writing and numeracy. This impacts on school completion rates, with only a third of Aboriginal children who start year 7 in New South Wales currently completing high school. This is a matter of public importance that should concern every member of this House.

The factors causing this gap are many and varied but Aboriginal people will say that closing the gap means tackling economic disadvantage, and of course education is a powerful tool against economic disadvantage. Despite some improvements in educational outcomes for Aboriginal people—and today we see reports of yet another, with the number of Indigenous students in higher education increasing by more than 40 per cent over the past five years—there is still a long way to go before achieving that most basic right: Indigenous people should have the same education and employment opportunities as other citizens." Carmel Tebbutt