Learning Difficulties Australia


Learning Difficulties Australia is an association of teachers and other professionals dedicated to assisting students with learning difficulties through effective teaching practices based on scientific research, both in the classroom and through individualised instruction.


2020 Annual General Meeting

Each year the LDA invites members to participate in the Annual General Meeting. This year the AGM is being held virtually on Zoom, on Saturday 28th November at 2.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

The decision to host the AGM via a virtual format is to ensure all members can attend despite restrictions brought about by the pandemic. 

The virtual meeting will run live, just like a face-to-face AGM, and will include the presentation of reports and awards. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Council.

Please join register to join us via the Zoom link.

Update on LDA Publications

The most recent issue of the LDA Bulletin (Volume 52, No 2, September 2020) has now been distributed to members and can also be downloaded here. The latest issue of the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties (Volume 25, No 1, May 2020) has been mailed out to members. Members of LDA can access copies of the online version of the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties via their LDA member login here, as well as pre-print copies of the latest articles.  For further information about LDA Publications go to the publications page.


Current Issues

Primary Reading Pledge

AUSPELDFive from Five, and Learning Difficulties Australia have collaborated on an evidence-based framework for schools to dramatically reduce the number of children who finish primary school unable to read proficiently.

In 2020, more than 50,000 students started their secondary studies with low literacy levels. These students are half as likely to complete school as their peers and have serious lifelong educational and social disadvantages.

Primary schools can use the Primary Reading Pledge today to ensure all children can read.

 Primary Reading Pledge

 Add your support to the Primary Reading Pledge through social media with the hashtag #primaryreadingpledge and/or email your state or territory education minister.




Recent Publications

NOTE: LDA Members can access complete back issues of these publications and pre-publication Journal articles when logged into the LDA Members Only section, via the latest articles item in the Taylor & Francis main menu.

 Members Only Section.  

 The Bulletin

Bulletin Cover September 2020Current & past issues  

 The Journal

JournalPast issues 






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Professional Learning

 2021 National Conference

LDA are excited to announce our 2021 National Conference scheduled for multiple locations around Australia

Science of Learning Conference


Theory into Practice Conference

Hear from academics and teachers who are proponents of the Science of Learning: a summary of existing cognitive science research on how students learn and the practical implications of this for teaching. Topics include Explicit Instruction and Direct Instruction, Learning Difficulties and Learning Disabilities, literacy, numeracy and positive classroom management for primary and secondary schools.

See our professional learning page for more details.