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History and Future Expansion


A Brief History

Dr Anthony Cree, OAM founder and CEO, launched the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation in 2003, after 25 years of service to Indigenous education within governments, universities and schools. He was amazed and saddened by the shocking lack of programs and resources aimed at closing the gap in literacy education amongst Indigenous children in Australia. His inspiring vision has built a team of volunteer tutors who work in local communities and foster local community partnerships and ownership.

Since 2003, The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation has provided literacy testing, evaluation, research, tutoring, books and other educational support to benefit nearly 20,000 Indigenous young people. The Foundation has become a key player in advocating and highlighting the falling literacy levels among Indigenous young people in Australia. The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation is a non-profit independent charitable organisation based in Melbourne.


In 2010, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC Governor – General of the Commonwealth of Australia became the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation’s Patron.


Future Expansion

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation has become a key player in advocating and highlighting the falling literacy levels amongst Indigenous young people in Australia, particularly in remote communities. We have been providing literacy support programs to Indigenous communities for over 7 years and believe that we are sensitive to the needs of each community, but also innovative in the way we approach the literacy needs of our Indigenous children.

Over the coming months the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation will continue to expand our tutoring and Books for Learning project in more isolated areas. The Foundation will also be expanding its Literacy Testing and developing a tailored intervention, designed specifically for the child’s needs. These programs aim to increase the quality of education to Indigenous students in order to achieve national literacy benchmarks.


Over the next two years the Foundation will also be delivering thousands of educational resource back-packs to Indigenous students in remote communities in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and the Hunter NSW region.



The Foundation will also be continuing its scholarship program for Indigenous students. It gives young people living in remote Indigenous areas access to receive a quality education in some of the nation’s best schools.

Currently, small financial aids have been provided to Indigenous students, however future expansion and with the help of donors, companies, government, trusts and schools; a larger subsidiary will be implemented to disadvantaged Indigenous students. These scholarships are handled on a case by case basis and are tailored to the specific needs of the child.

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