In Australia, we speak over 300 languages, practise over 100 religions and are the product of a unique blend of established traditions and new influences. 

In recent years, literacy has become as fundamental as the language we speak. Whilst it is a buzzword, the reality is that the amount of data we are exposed to is creating a widening literacy gap, particularly for people from diverse backgrounds. 

Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets us make sense of the world. It helps us understand, communicate and solve problems. But it’s also a set of tools that gives us access to opportunities and challenges in our community. 

The forum aims to improve the reach and performance of organisations and help them better engage with diverse communities. 

At VicForum, we’ll talk about why literacy is important and how to navigate our new data-driven world. We explore the emergence of the digital, health and financial literacy gap and help you see literacy as your new second language.