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Access Easy English interprets documents into simple everyday language, supported with images.

It means more people can

  • read
  • understand
  • actively use your written information.

What is Easy English?  Find out more

Find out what services we offer.


44% of Australian adults (15-65 years old) do not have the literacy skills to read a range of day to day reading tasks.

This means 7.3 million adult Australians have low literacy skills. 

(Report No. 4228.0). 2013  www.abs.gov.au.

Easy English COVID - 19 Resources

Made by Access Easy English

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COVID – 19



What is Coronavirus? Easy English  Fact Sheet.                   20 March 2020

Look after yourself Coronavirus Easy English Fact Sheet.           20 March 2020

Look for the signs Easy English A4 Poster. 20 March 2020

Look after yourself Easy English A4 Poster. 20 March 2020

We need space between us Version 1 Easy English           A4 poster. Updated 24 March 2020

We need space between us Version 2 Easy English            A4 Poster. Updated 24 March 2020

We need space between us Version 3 Easy English           A4 poster.  24 March 2020

Rules for Nursing Homes Easy English                                    Fact Sheet. 23 March 2020

How to wash your hands Easy English                                    Fact Sheet. 23 March 2020

How to wash your hands A3 Poster. 23 March 2020

How to wash your hands A4 Poster. 23 March 2020

How to wash your hands Video – uses the same images as these Easy English  resources.

New Rules. What is shut? Australia. Easy English                  Fact sheet 24 March 2020

New Rules What is shut? Step 2 Australia. Easy English  Fact Sheet 25 & 26 March 2020

For Accessible Word Documents, PDF’s


New fact sheets and posters

Go to https://accesseasyenglish.com.au/covid-19-resources/

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Will take any other suggestions for content you need in Easy English.

Current Resources

Some current publications
from Access Easy English

    The letters VEC in white on a burgundy oval shape Victorian Electoral Commission              2019 – 2023 Disability Access and                Inclusion Plan


Women wiWomen with Disabilities Victoria Logo. Name written in mauveth Disabilities Victoria

Safeguards Project

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Special Olympics Australia

Risk Waiver

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WinterFest Program. July 2019

Scroll down to the list of documents.

About the Shows

Week 1 timetable

Week 2 timetable

Training Opportunities

Flyer for 2 day Easy English online writing course 2 & 4 June, 20202 day Easy English training

Flyer for Online training – Tuesday 2 June, 2020 and Thursday 4 June, 2020

Book direct with Credit card

or email a request for an invoice.


Due to COVID-19 other training may need to be cancelled.

A decision about each face to face training will be made       1 month before the workshop.

Sydney – Monday and Tuesday 15 & 16 June, 2020.

Melbourne – Wednesday and Thursday 8 & 9 July, 2020.

Individuals or groups can request training. Email me to request something specific for your organisation or region or city. cathy@acesseasyenglish.com.au

More information on Easy English training

More information about Communication and Interaction workshops for people with little or no speech.






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Women with Disability Australia


27 fact sheets in Easy English built into their new website https://ourplace.wwda.org.au. Staff attended 2 day Easy English training. They were supported to further develop their Easy English content for their website.

See all the Easy English fact sheets here  https://ourplace.wwda.org.au/translations

There are Easy to Read webpages. Look for the Easy English fact sheets throughout their website too.

So much great information.

3 fact sheets on Child Protection  http://bit.ly/38qCbIU

4 fact sheets on Human Rights  http://bit.ly/38v4zJR  includes a fact sheet explaining the UNCRPD and UNCEDAW

Many facts sheets on

  • Safer Sex and Rights about Sex
  • Work Rights
  • Health Rights

Scroll down further at this link https://ourplace.wwda.org.au/translations

Find 5 key Fact sheets in Easy English

  • translated into 10 community languages
  • 1 Aboriginal language
  • vidoes
  • Auslan.

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Parking Permits Scroll down to the last 4 on the list

Apply for a Disability Parking Permit


Renew your Disability Parking Permit

Rules for your Disability Parking Permit

More Facts!

Federal Government Preferred Provider Status


Access Easy English has Federal Government Preferred Provider Status for

  • development of documents into                Easy English
  • Easy English training.

Email cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au  to

  • request a quote
  • find out more.


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Email: cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au


mobile phone        

          Phone: 0466 579 855

Senate Appearance

Cathy was invited to appear at the Australian Government Senate  Community Affairs References committee CentreLink public hearing on Thursday 27 April 2017. This followed her submission to the Senate enquiry, earlier in the month.

Submission 116     Senate Report    Chap 6 Conclusion; Recommendation 9      Government Response



Journal Publications from Access Easy English

Basterfield (2019) Plain Language, Easy English. What does it all mean? Intellectual Disability Australasia Issue 40, June pp 15-18

Basterfield (2018) Access to written information: a social equity, social justice issue. Clarity. 78 pp 18 – 22

Email cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au to request a copy.



2020 Conference Presentations

Universal Design  Conference May, 2020. Melbourne, Australia

Basterfield, C. Easy English: A critical addition to Universal Design for Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday.

Conference cancelled. New dates Oct 2020

Speech Pathology Australia May, 2020. Darwin, Australia Conference cancelled

Basterfield, C. Functional literacy and legal literacy: Access for all. (Paper)

Basterfield, C. Collaborative international partnerships. Easy English and Easy Read: What do we know? (Poster)