Proposed National Early Language and Literacy Strategy released

The Proposed National Early Language and Literacy Strategy was released on 8 September 2021.

Read the proposed strategy (Launched 8 September 2021)

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The end goal is to improve the number of Australian children who start school with basic language skills and foundation skills for literacy. These foundations (including basics such as the idea of books, a wider vocabulary, and that writing can convey information) will give children a better start to life.

The project is in three parts

  1. A comprehensive review of the literature on early language and literacy policy, programs and interventions, drawing on up-to-date evidence reviews nationally and internationally, with an emphasis on factors that have contributed to effective outcomes;
  2. Based on this review, development of a practical guide for policy developers, service providers and parents on good practice and effective approaches in various contexts; and
  3. Work with governments on developing a national early language and literacy strategy.


Three years – 2018-2021.

Project management