Supporting literacy in remote Indigenous communities

For children in isolated communities, getting access to books can be tough and literacy levels can be much lower than other parts of Australia. Together with not-for-profit organisation Indigenous Literacy Foundation, we’re supporting the delivery of books to give children in these remote regions more opportunities to read and build their literacy skills.

We'll be delivering nearly 100,000 books gifted by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to more than 320 remote Indigenous communities this year. The books will be sent to schools, healthcare centres and service organisations.

Join the Pen Pal Club

At the same time, we’re helping children get excited about reading and writing through our Pen Pal Club program. The initiative connects primary school students from different parts of the country, teaching them grammar and parts of speech through the art of letter-writing.

The program’s accompanying storybook, written by Sally Morgan and illustrated by Annie White, helps teachers frame lessons. The book follows four pen pals who exchange hand-written letters, learning about each other’s families and hometowns.

New teacher guide available

We've developed a special teacher guide to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation in celebration of Indigenous Literacy Day. This guide helps teachers engage students in learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' storytelling, culture and history.

How you can help

For every Pen Pal Club book sold, we’ll donate $1 to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.1 You can buy the books from participating Post Offices or online.

Offered by Australian Postal Corporation (ABN 28 864 970 579), of 111 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, trading as “Australia Post” (phone: 13 76 78). For every copy of the book, “Pen Pal Club” (by Sally Morgan) (the Book) sold by Australia Post during the promotion period, Australia Post will donate AUD$1.00 to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation ABN 45 146 631 843 (up to maximum donation of AUD$20,000). Customers can purchase the book from participating Australia Post retail outlets or online. The promotion period commences at 12am (AEST) on 13/01/20 and ends at 11:59pm (AEST) on 31/12/2020 or until the Book is sold out, whichever is earlier.  Read full terms and conditions.