Issue 4 | OCTOBER 2016
•  Celebrating 26TEN's birthday - Daryl Quilliam
•  Supporting people to get online during 26TEN Week
  Thank you to retiring 26TEN Coalition members 
•  Enter the 26TEN 'Times have changed!' photo competition
•  26TEN grant supports digital literacy at Vinnies
•  Building literacy skills gets Angela online
•  Updated 26TEN Steps to be launched in 26TEN Week
•  Abi Binning, judge of this year's 26TEN photo competition
•  Wired for Health in the Huon
Spreading awareness of adult literacy in October
Become a 26TEN supporter
461 member organisations and supporters have taken action and joined 26TEN.
1303 people have volunteered and trained to be adult literacy tutors helping people with reading, writing and maths in Tasmania.
48% of Tasmanians do not have the literacy and numeracy skills they need for life in a technologically-rich world.
Message from Daryl Quilliam
Chair, 26TEN Coalition
Celebrating 26TEN’s 4th birthday

Chair of 26TEN, Daryl Quilliam, invites everyone to enjoy 26TEN Week and celebrate the fact that Tasmania has a ten-year strategy to lift adult literacy and numeracy skills. 

“It’s been an inspiring twelve months since I became part of the 26TEN Coalition,” he said. 

“With the launch of 26TEN Tasmania last year, our Strategy for all Tasmanians to have the literacy and numeracy skills they need for work and life, we have seen rapid growth of the 26TEN network.”

“The philosophy that everyone needs to be involved if we want to make a difference to adult literacy and numeracy is really paying off. We now have 87 member organisations and 374 individual supporters. This time last year we had 57 members and 39 supporters. In the last year we have delivered 75 plain English and literacy awareness workshops.” 

“I encourage you all to celebrate the work to date and look forward to making even more progress in 2017.”

Celebrate 26TEN Week with the theme ‘Read, write, count – online.’

Supporting people to get online during 26TEN Week

Tasmanians are invited to celebrate 26TEN Week from Monday 24 October to Saturday 29 October.
This year, 26TEN, Tasmania’s campaign for adult literacy and numeracy, focuses on the theme, ‘Read, write, count – online’.

26TEN Manager, Sue Costello, says we need to support Tasmanian adults adults to get online, particularly those with low literacy.

“Many Tasmanians cannot get online because they don’t have the literacy and numeracy skills we need in a technology rich world,” she says. “Online services are quick and convenient, if you know how to use them. But, if you can’t get online, because you struggle with reading or writing, you miss out on the benefits. You may even miss out on services all together.”

“We can’t make assumptions about people’s literacy or technological abilities. We can’t assume that everyone can fill in online forms, many people can’t. In the long run, 26TEN needs to change that by raising people’s literacy and numeracy skills. In the meantime, we need to make sure they are supported so they don’t miss out on services.”

Games, competitions and online learning at LINCs statewide
26TEN’s key member, LINC Tasmania, is running many fun events to help people get comfortable with digital literacy. There are competitions, games and  sessions to help you get online.

For example, at Sorell they are running a ‘Get Connected’ day on Friday 28 October where people can get digitally connected to emails, MyGov and LINC programs and services. In the afternoon, someone from Centrelink will answer questions about online government services.

Farewell to 26TEN Coalition members Jo Crothers and Royce Fairbrother

A big thank you to retiring 26TEN Coalition members, Jo Crothers and Royce Fairbrother. Your thoughtful and practical contributions to 26TEN will be missed and we wish them the best of luck with their ongoing public service. 

Jo Crothers was one of the founding members of the 26TEN Coalition in 2012. Her strong and enduring contribution to building literacy and numeracy levels in Tasmania is evident in her support
of our grants program and the Burnie and Circular Head 26TEN communities. Jo also contributed to the Australian Core Skills Framework finer gradations research project, which has received national recognition. 

We wish Jo luck with developing a U3A (University of the Third Age) program on the North-West Coast. 

Royce Fairbrother, Chairman of Fairbrother Pty Ltd, was a 26TEN Coalition member since 2013. Royce’s values of integrity and making a difference for all Tasmanians, and his practical business experience made him an invaluable contributor to the Coalition. He was a strong advocate for providing practical help that is relevant to the real world. 

Royce spoke to organisations and individuals about building skills in literacy and numeracy so we get the highly skilled and flexible workforce Tasmania needs, a workforce where people can continue to learn and adapt to changing conditions. 

Royce continues to be a strong advocate for education with Fairbrother Pty Ltd recently funding a collaboration between the Peter Underwood Centre and Melbourne University. 

Enter the 26TEN ‘Times have changed!’ photo competition

Remember cassettes? Remember taping your favourites songs on the radio and sharing a mixed tapes. 
And now many of us listen to music on a device that lets us store thousands of songs and play our favourites on repeat without having to rewind. We need to be able to read to select a track.  The digital world makes reading, writing and numeracy more important than ever before.

26TEN invites you to take a before and after picture to show how technology has changed how we do things, and the literacy and numeracy skills we need.. 

Win an Apple Watch Sport 38mm!

Microwaves, VCRs, tablets, smart phones and apps have changed our lives. And the times will continue to change. Send us a photo of the way you used to do everyday things before digital technology and a photo of the way you do them now. 

The funniest entry and the most interesting entry will each win a prize. Prize winners will be announced on Tuesday, 15 November on the 26TEN Facebook page.  The competition is part of 26TEN Week and to celebrate our theme Read, write, count – online.

Download an entry form to enter the ‘Times have changed competition’ If you have any questions please email us at Look out for news of more activities for 26TEN Week, 24 October – 29 October here and on our Facebook page

26TEN grant supports St Vincent de Paul Society 

St Vincent de Paul Society Southern Region has a 26TEN grant for staff and volunteers to upgrade their skills in using social media, emails and computerised cash registers.

Marina Campbell, Southern Regional Manager of St Vincent de Paul Society said that it makes sense to use the technology available to improve communication and to be effective in daily operations.

“Many of our volunteers don't use a computer at home and may have little digital experience at the workplace. We want to make sure they are ready and comfortable as we make more use of technology,”  said Marina.

"Our volunteers are our organisation."

The first part of the project will be to assess our skills and then design the training to fill any gaps. The first round of training starts in November and will be face-to-face over six months.

Volunteers and staff who wish to improve their reading, writing and maths more will be introduced to a LINC Tasmania Literacy Coordinator near their Vinnies shop. LINC Tasmania is an important partner in this project.

“This grant has benefits for everyone involved - volunteers, staff and our customers. It’s important that by making our operations more efficient we have more time to focus on looking after our customers who visit our Vinnies Shops,” said Marina.

Spreading awareness of adult literacy in October

October is a big month for literacy awareness presentations around the state. We will be presenting to 90 staff members of Oral Health Services Tasmania in Hobart, then to 80 Oral Health staff in Ulverstone. In Launceston we are building our partnership with Centrelink delivering literacy awareness for their staff.

Register for the Deloraine literacy awareness workshop 26 October
A public literacy awareness workshop will be held at Deloraine House at 1 pm on Wednesday 26 October. Please register here if you would like to go. It will be presented by the literacy coordinator in Meander Valley, Anne-Marie Loader. 

Get involved become a supporter

The 26TEN Network is an opportunity for organisations and individuals to work together to improve adult literacy in Tasmania.

Show you support the 26TEN Network and be part of the solution.  It's the first step to making positive changes in your workplace and local community and it's free.  Many people have already joined and together we can make sure that everyone gets the tools for life.

Sign up now!
21 Oct
Minister Rockliff visits 26TEN Grant recipient, Burnie Community House
24 Oct
26TEN Week Government House reception for members and supporters
25 Oct
Why do so many Australians have low literacy? Broadcast and Q&A session to be held in Hobart for the public. To register:
26 Oct
Launch of the Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy website and revised 26TEN Steps for literacy practitioners
27 Oct
Derwent Valley 26TEN Community Mosaic Installation
28 Oct
Launch of the 2016 Artists with Conviction Exhibition 'A Good Mate'
3 Nov ACSF Moderation and Validation session for literacy practitioners
Building literacy skills gets Angela online

With support, learners can learn to use technology and build their skills. Angela had no confidence and used to cry in situations where she felt her problems with reading and writing made her look dumb. 

“I felt terrified about people knowing because I didn’t want them thinking I was dumb,” she said. Angela was referred to Glenorchy LINC and started working one-on-one with a tutor. 

“I didn’t think it was going to help but it is although I wish I could make even faster progress. I’m working really hard.” Since working with her tutor, Angela has built her skills and taken computer courses with plans to do more. 

“At Glenorchy LINC I also did a four week basic computing course. I was terrified at first. After a couple of weeks I started to like it a lot. Then I did ‘First Steps’ and ‘Prepare for Computing.’ Angela’s confidence has grown by improving her literacy skills and realising that she can get online.

“Before I was terrified of doing lots of things that other people take for granted, like catching a bus and buying a Greencard.” Many Tasmanians use the Greencard to pay for bus travel and to get a 20 per cent discount on the fare. There is an online application form that Angela was able to complete.

“I got a Greencard by myself recently and this was a very big deal for me,” said Angela. 

Her advice to others is to get some help. 

“You’ve got to do it! It will help you with other things in life. I was stuck in a bubble. Now I’m doing lots of things and I have made new friends.”

Literacy Coordinator at Glenorchy LINC, Andrea McMahon emphasises that it is never too late to learn. 

“It’s great to see people like Angela develop their confidence. It shows that we are all capable of learning new skills, including the one's that will help us get online.” 

People can get free help with reading, writing and maths at LINC Tasmania around the state.

There are many free resources available on websites such as

And for help with digital literacy visit
Updated 26TEN Steps launched next week

Many of you will have taken part in the ‘26TEN Steps’, our literacy awareness workshop designed to introduce people to the issues around adult literacy. 

Recently we updated the workshop to include more true Tasmanian stories to give an idea of the many factors that influence literacy including poverty, ill health, where you grew up, experiences at school and the level of your parents education. 

We’ve also added the smart looking new feet that indicate the steps. 

We will launch the new steps at an event with the Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy on 26TEN’s birthday, 26 October. 

If you would like to book a 26TEN Steps literacy awareness presentation for your workplace or community organisation please email:

Abi Binning, judge of this year’s 26TEN photo competition

Abi Binning’s experience in the film industry and in the education sector makes her a great person to judge our photo competition, ‘Times have changed’. 

Abi is General Manager of Wide Angle Tasmania, the state’s screen development organisation that supports screen practitioners. She is looking forward to seeing what people come up with. 

“I think this competition really celebrates the way that technology has become much more accessible - and allows each of us to tell our visual stories,” she said. 

“It’s a pleasure to be involved.” 

Wide Angle Tasmania is a 26TEN member and grants recipient, using their funding to rewrite their contracts in plain English. 

Abi is an independent producer with a number of credits in both broadcast documentary and short drama. She has also worked as a teacher, researcher and curriculum writer.

Wired for Health in the Huon 

‘Wired for Health’ is an innovative program that promotes health literacy and better health outcomes for young people. It encourages them to seek help if they need it.

This health program is offered to students in the Huon Valley who take part in a number of workshops over three weeks. Students learn about information on food labels, exercise, the affects of alcohol, maintaining healthy relationships and safe partying. The sessions focus on providing information and also enables students to find information and help online. They also build awareness of the services available to them in the Huon Valley, such as literacy and numeracy support at LINC Tasmania.

Congratulations Abigail of Huonville High School who won an iPad donated by 26TEN.

Congratulations also to the Huon community for organising such a great event. 

26TEN is a growing network of people committed to improving adult literacy and numeracy in Tasmania.

Business, community, government and individuals are working together to improve adult literacy and numeracy, because no single organisation can do it.

For more information about anything to do with 26TEN please contact the 26TEN Team.

Christina Roscoe, Kate Lowe, Allison Mitchell, Jennifer Dunbabin, Sue Costello
(03) 6165 5512
1300 00 2610

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