Literacy Matters

The State Library is committed to supporting and enhancing literacy attainment for all Western Australians. The Library’s literacy strategy champions the role of libraries as key partners in early childhood, family and adult literacy acquisition and lifelong development for all Western Australians.

The guiding principles are inclusion, collaboration, community leadership and sustainability. These four principles alongside three key goals of awareness, opportunity and access will guide the ongoing development of the action plan to align services and programs to achieve the literacy skills needed for living and learning.

Whilst Australia has a relatively high number of people with excellent levels of literacy proficiency, there are significant proportions of people in Western Australian whose literacy skills are poor. Poor literacy skills adversely affects people in a number of ways, including limiting the ability to actively pursue and achieve professional, educational and economic goals, and further personal and social development.