News and Events

Catch up on the latest Education News, and read about upcoming professional learning opportunities for teachers and eLearning events for students.

Browse our NAIDOC Week Resources

Ahead of 2019 NAIDOC Week, the ACTF has compiled a range of engaging educational content and support materials which represent the diverse experiences of Indigenous Australian children. 

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5 Things We're Looking Forward to at the ALEA National Conference 2019

This year's ALEA National Conference theme is "Literacy Empowering Voices: Reflecting the Past, Viewing the Present, Scripting the Future"

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Free Virtual Comedy Scriptwriting Workshops in Term 3: Register Now!

Delivered in partnership with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image our virtual comedy scriptwriting workshops for upper primary students are back for Term 3 in August.

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Rose Park Primary's My Place Experience

In the lead up to the 2019 My Place Competition, see how Rose Park Primary School in South Australia approached last year’s story writing competition.

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Australia’s First Database for Multicultural Children’s Books

Included in the database are picture books, nursery rhymes, plays, short stories and graphic novels. Key story concepts include empathy, family, kindness, resilience and respect.

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ACTF CEO to Address 2019 ALEA National Conference

The ACTF has a longstanding relationship with the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA), and we are proud to be partnering with the organisation for this year’s National ALEA Conference, which will be held in Melbourne from 9 – 12 July.

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Teaching Resources for Refugee Week

Teachers, are your students currently investigating the lives of refugees and asylum seekers? The ACTF has a range of engaging educational content and support materials related to Refugee Week and World Refugee Day.

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Announcing the 2019 My Place Competition

Who could live in the My Place house in 2019? Your students can share their imaginative thoughts in this year’s short story contest for primary students in Years 3-6.

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Little J’s ‘Nanna’ Announced as SNAICC’s Children’s Day Ambassador

Popular Little J and Big Cuz character, Nanna has been announced as the 2019 ambassador for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Children’s Day on August 4.

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New Release: Summer’s Day Teaching Toolkit

Summer’s Day is a warm coming-of-age story which follows 11-year old Summer as she gets her period for the first time. Our latest education resource supports Years 5-8 teachers in using this locally-produced short film in their classrooms. 

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Commemorate National Sorry Day with My Place

Every year on 26 May, Australians acknowledge the mistreatment of Aboriginal people, particularly those belonging to the Stolen Generations and their families. In the My Place episode ‘Laura’, one girl reflects on how policies of forced child removal affected her own family members. 

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ACTF Education Outreach: Brisbane

Being part of a national organisation, the ACTF Education team regularly partners with schools, subject associations and education departments across the country. Last week, our travels took us to north to sunny Queensland.

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Upcoming Education Events

My Place Short Story Competition: Term Three

My Place Short Story Competition: Term Three

Mon 29 Jul 2019 - Fri 16 Aug 2019

Our 2018 My Place Short Story Competition was a huge success, with around 900 stories submitted by young writers from around the country. Due to popular demand, we will be holding this creative student competition again this year, with entries open from 29 July – 16 August.


Comedy Scriptwriting Workshops

Comedy Scriptwriting Workshops

Thu 15 Aug 2019, 2:30pm - Thu 22 Aug 2019, 2:30pm

Delivered in partnership with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and generously supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, our virtual scriptwriting workshops are back for 2019! 


Little Lunch App Competition: Term Three / Term Four

Little Lunch App Competition: Term Three / Term Four

Mon 14 Oct 2019 - Fri 08 Nov 2019

Opening up last year’s Little Lunch App Competition to Year 3 / 4 students led to a record number of entries. This year’s competition will again be open to students from Years 3-6, with entries open from 14 October – 08 November.