45 Years of Read Write Now

Back in 1977, when seven people attended a training course to become volunteer adult literacy tutors, no-one would have guessed that the state-wide program would go on to celebrate 45 years of service. It is estimated that the Read Write Now program, has assisted over 40 000 Western Australians over the years.

The epic milestone is thanks to the 650+ community-based volunteer tutors who offer one-on-one tutoring throughout WA. Volunteer tutors are integral to the Program, as they dedicate countless hours to provide tutoring and mentorship to adults with literacy needs, vulnerabilities and learning difficulties. However, it is not just the individuals seeking help who have benefitted – it is their families, their employers, and ultimately the whole community.

Watch here snippets of Read Write Now's history.


On International Literacy Day, Thursday 8 September 2022, it was time to celebrate the many volunteers and students, past and present for being part of the journey that has resulted in the very successful Read Write Now program.

Thank you to everyone who made the Read Write Now 45th anniversary a memorable event!  

A special thanks to Davide Zamboni Photography and Sheree Allsop for capturing these special moments. Watch here some of the highlights and go to the Read Write Now Facebook page for more event photos.


"On behalf of the Department of Training and Workforce Development, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations for this significant milestone and the achievements that the program has accomplished during this time.” Karen Ho – Director-General DTWD