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.


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Update on LDA Publications

The most recent issue of the LDA Bulletin (Volume 53, No 1, April 2021) 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.

2021 Learning Difficulties Conference

Call for Papers & Workshops

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 

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

Weekly Wednesday Webinars

If you'd like to find out what's on for our WWWs each week, check out our professional learning page or subscribe to the WWW mailing list


 To watch recordings of previous WWWs on the LDA YouTube channel.

 Learning Difficulties Conference 2021

Keynote Speakers

Thursday 16 September 2021: Professor Pamela Snow

Friday 17 September 2021: Toni Hatten-Roberts

Head to Trybooking to purchase a ticket.