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.


Update on LDA Publications

The most recent issue of the LDA Bulletin (Volume 52, No 3, December 2020) has been distributed. You can find an electronic version on our publications page.

The latest issue of the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties (Volume 25, No 2, November 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 December 2020Current & past issues  

 The Journal

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Professional Learning

WWWs are back!!

If you'd like to find out what's on for our WWWs each week, subscribe to the mailing list here.

To watch the recording of our 12th may WWW by Jill Hellemans and Micaela Rafferty on "Thinking functionally about behaviour", click here.

Missed Dr Louisa Moats at our LDA National Conference in January? Well, you can catch up on the recording of her presentation at this Wednesday's WWW, hosted by LDA General Manager, Michael Roberts. If you'd like to attend this 19th May WWW, please register here.

WWW 20210519 No26 Dr Louisa Moats

Only 2 weeks left to register - Tickets selling fast!

Book now at bit.ly/SSSWLD

Save the Date - Learning Difficulties Conference


Call for Papers & Workshops and Booking Details

In 2021 this biennial conference will be providing evidence-based practice to assist classroom teachers, home tutors and support/inclusion personnel in supporting students who experience difficulties with learning. We are calling for submissions for research papers or practical workshops on all aspects of meeting the learning needs of students in a variety of settings. This includes (but is not limited to) effective teaching practices and assessment in reading, writing, spelling, mathematics and other learning areas at both primary and secondary levels of schooling as well as the use of technology, student engagement, whole school approaches, working collaboratively with colleagues, and models of inclusion in a mainstream classroom. 

For further information download the Submission of Conference Paper/Workshop form or head to Trybooking to purchase a ticket.