Applications are now closed
Applications for our 2016 E-literacy program are now closed. There are 210 places on offer for 2016.  Successful students will be announced via email on Friday 27 May 2016.

Key dates for 2016

Selection process starts



Selection process ends



Successful students announced



Pre-testing commences



Shipping commences



Reading period starts



Teacher/parent check in



Teacher/parent check in



Reading period ends






Successful students announced



172 quiet achievers in 2015
Sometimes when kids who struggle with their reading get the help they need a kind of magic can happen. They start to read on their own terms for pleasure. It means they are learning simply because it is a joy to discover new things about the world around them. Indigenous Reading Project strives to bring this experience to as many Indigenous children as we possibly can. Congratulations to all our students who successfully completed our 2015 e-literacy program. It's been a huge year. Read on to learn about the excellent results they were able to achieve. Find out where we have been working for since 2012 in urban, regional and remote communities on our map below. Most importantly make a donation now so that we can continue to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous kids across Australia.  

Our 2015 results
172 out of 203 students successfully completed our e-literacy project. Each of these students demonstrated a measurable improvement in their reading ability against our three key measures: 
  • Average amount of time spent reading is improved by 110%
  • Fluency test scores are improved by 30%
  • Comprehension test scores are improved by 29%.
This is data measures changes in performance from baseline testing established before the program begins with follow up tests after the program ends 12 weeks later. 

Where are we working?
The map below shows all the places we have worked in from 2012 to 2015. During this time 441 students from 184 communities have successfully completed our e-literacy program. A further 68 students either failed or were unable to complete the program. Our success rate over 4 years is 86%. 

What they're saying

It's not only about the numbers. We collect feedback from teachers, parents and students so we have a clear understanding of the impact of our work. Below is just a few examples of what they're saying about our work: 

Dylan's confidence and reading ability have grown in class.  He has had confirmation now that he can be good at school as well as on the football field . 
Paula Fitzsimmons, Teacher WA
I have learnt how to sit and enjoy reading. I didn’t really believe people just read for fun and now I do. I have read some good books and will keep reading.  I know I can still get better.
Lemeishsa, Student NSW

Chris is more enthusiastic and more confident. He is proud of his progress in his reading and I think this has helped in some of his classes. He is more willing to talk about what he is reading and certainly enjoys reading more. Thank you for allowing him to be in the IRP. I know he is proud to be able to keep his tablet and he has certainly tried hard to achieve improvement.
Ivan & Deanna, Parents NSW

It has made me love reading books. I have learnt words that I have never known before. I feel l can enjoy reading now.
Leon, Student NSW

We have seen real change and it has been fantastic to see our students get excited about reading. I have loved having the students come in and tell me about different stories they read the night before and I have been truly impressed at how our students went taking care of their e-readers! Thank you again for giving us this amazing opportunity.
Kiriana White, Teacher QLD

The e-reader is fun to use. I read heaps more books than what I otherwise would have. My Mum and Dad are reading more because they see me reading now.
Susanna, Student NSW

Kylie has developed into a passionate reader. Her reading has improved since started the program and she is well and truly a more confident reader now than before. Thank you.
Nicole Fransen, Teacher NT


E-readers set young on road to love of books I Canberra Times I 15-01-2014

Push to expand indigenous reading I Canberra Times I 15-01-2014

E-readers kindle a desire to learn I The Australian I 20-12-2013

Project kindles lift in literacy I Toowoomba Chronicle I 16-04-2012

Kindling an Indigenous readership I Canberra Times I 01-02-2013

Intervention kindles a love of reading I The Sydney Morning Herald 28-12-2012

Evidence & analysis

Reading test results for all Australian students under the National Assessment Program are available for the years 2008-2015

Why literacy matters I UNESCO I 2006 

Programme for International Student Assessment 2012: How Australia measures up I ACER I 2013