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The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation believes in collaboration. As a small organisation our reach and impact grows with strong partnerships. As such we are proud to be associated with the following organisations:

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Wombat Stories and Think Soft are two businesses associated with IT entrepreneur and innovator, Tony Harris. This boutique combination are committed to closing the gap and innovative publishing solutions. Both groups are based in New South Wales and deal with a range of clients and organisations that span the government and non-government sector. Tony Harris is a leading member of our greater community of partnerships and serves as the chairman of the Aboriginal Digital Literacy Hub. Wombat Stories is a significant donor of educational resources and books to the ALF Books for Learning Program.

For information please see the following websites:



Billy's Books

Billy’s Books from New South Wales is another unique publishing and eBook design business. Billy’s books are committed to working with the Indigenous sector to improve access to high quality locally written and animated books. We are happy to say that Billy’s Books has already donated a number of new books to our Books for Learning program. They have also come on board as a content provider for the new Aboriginal Digital Literacy Hub. Founded and operated by author and animator Richie & Rhona Cotton, Billy’s Books are a wonderful provider of fun, easy to read children’s stories.

For more information please see Billy’s Books’ website:



Discovery Book Club (DBC) in Western Australia is one of our larger partnerships. Based in Perth and Fremantle, WA, the DBC assists 540 children in care with their literacy and numeracy skills. Their regular interactive programs, resourced by the ALF, are specifically designed for early intervention literacy assistance, aimed at lifting participants’ skills, reading confidence, and inspiring them through social leadership and mentorship. The club is ably assisted by a number of prestigious partners and the University of Notre Dame. The DBC network is expanding each month, and its work will soon include a number of other locations and participants. With its reading and homework clubs, it is a wonderful platform of assistance for many hundreds of Indigenous families. Over 2013 the ALF has contributed thousands of new books to the club and its pupils.

To find out more about this very worthwhile partner, please visit their website:

 Rotary logoRotary Clubs in Melbourne and Brighton and Red Dust Role Models (Victoria) have joined the ALF as founding supporters in the Footy Nuts Program (based in Victoria; operating in the Northern Territory). This is a nutrition and wellbeing based program which is assisted by the ALF through book resources. The program, which incorporates assistance from Indigenous Community Volunteers (which works within over 140 Indigenous communities) is driving better nutrition in Indigenous communities by using Indigenous AFL footy stars to inspire dietary change. The ALF hopes to see this program deliver our books and assistance into a range of schools, adding value to not only the dietary program but also a new education platform based around healthy living.

Red Dust logoRed Dust Role Models believes that good health is the key to a bright future and that health outcomes can only be made possible through a two-way exchange with communities. Red Dust delivers innovative health promotion programs in partnership with remote communities that encourage Indigenous youth to learn more about health and inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle.

Red Dust programs aim to raise awareness of the link between lifestyle choices and chronic disease with a focus on nutrition, hygiene, substance misuse and physical activity. Sport, music, art and dance are used as a platform to deliver key health messages to young people

Red Dust collaborates with traditional owners, community leaders, allied health workers, sport and recreation officers, government and schools to deliver programs that best target specific health needs in each community.

For further information please see Red Dusts’ website:

Mirrabooka logoBest Beginnings Club & Mirrabooka Book Club
based in Western Australia aim to increase reading and consequently lift literacy levels in a number of communities in WA. Best Beginnings hopes to get young mums reading to their unborn babies, and once born continue their bonding by reading. This wonderful program, which is being resourced by the ALF, will lift literacy amongst the young mums and help the newborns grow up in a household surrounded by reading and a love of books.

Mirrabooka Book Club aims to build on the successful pattern set by the Discovery Book Club. Mirrabooka will assist another 600 Indigenous families and their children.

Read Australia logoRead Australia is based in Queensland and is operated by Emma Hartnell-Baker (BEd Hons). Emma also has a MA in Special Educational Needs and is completing a doctorate in early literacy interventions.

Emma’s organisation is passionately dedicated to a platform she terms SSP or ‘Speech Sound Pics’

The Speech Sound Pics approach wires brains for reading and spelling through phonological awareness training combined with phonics taught systematically. Read Australia™ share innovative techniques based on the latest education and neuroscience research including brain plasticity. Read Australia works in partnership with parents and carers to empower them with knowledge and practical skills relating to reading and writing, and to ensure that children can be helped effectively by as many people as possible. Read Australia’s mission is to train, mentor and support teachers (especially P-2) and to empower parents and carers so that they too can learn to ‘wire brains for reading and spelling.

For more information please see Read Australia’s website:

Sounds for Literacy logoSounds for Literacy is a small organisation operated by Helen and John Botham. Helen has worked as a Speech Pathologist for forty years in Melbourne and in the UK. She works with pre-school and young school-aged children in a private practice and has a particular interest in speech and language problems associated with literacy difficulties. As part of this work, she consults with and advises parents, teachers and carers, and she runs Cued Articulation courses for pre-school and school teachers throughout Australia.

As a part of Helen’s practice she has developed a system to help Aboriginal students bridge the gap from their first language to Standard Australian English in speech and literacy.

For further information please visit the Sounds for Literacy website: www.soundsforliteracy.com.au

Wayla PublicationsWalya Publications develop and distribute inspirational education material concerning Aboriginal Australia. Walya provide a valuable resource for children, schools and public organisations interested in providing a wider and more positive story about Aboriginal Australia.

For more information please view their website: https://www.facebook.com/walyapublications