What is the issue?
Australia’s labour market requires highly skilled workers, and learning to read is the key to job security and the means to rise above generational poverty.
Research into learning shows that most, if not all children are capable of learning how to read successfully. However, research also shows that young Australians, who are not given these opportunities, leave the education system illiterate, become unemployable and end up relying on the broader community to exist. This results in increased health and welfare costs, higher crime rates and a clogged judicial system.
In the Closing the Gap Prime Minister’s Report 2016, school attendance is directly linked to academic achievement and “in contrast, those with low educational attainment tend to have poorer health outcomes, lower incomes and reduced employment prospects”.