Easy English

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I get it!

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 well enough developed literacy skills to read a range of different documents .

This means 7.3 million adult Australians have low literacy skills. 

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

Current Resources

Some current publications
from Access Easy English

Victorian Legislative Assembly Legal and Social Issues Committee.

Early childhood engagement of CALD communities.

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An important study.  About immigrant families with young children.

Submissions close 11 October 2019.

Victorian Government Royal Commission into         Mental Health Systems

How to make a Submission Submissions close 5 July 2019
Consultation Report
About the Royal Commission (Letters Patent)
Terms of Reference

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Safeguards Project

City of Perth

WinterFest Program. July 2019

Scroll down to the list of documents.

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Training Opportunities


2 day Easy English training

Melbourne – Thursday and Friday 28 & 29 November, 2019

Brisbane – Thursday and Friday 6 & 7 February, 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.

Coming Soon

Look out for new resources from

  • Audit Office NSW
  • Benalla Rural City Council – Access and Inclusion Plan
  • Inclusion Melbourne – I can vote 2018.
  • Northern Territory. Office of Disability
  • People with Disability Australia
  • Victorian Electoral Commission.


More Access Easy English examples

Frankston City Council

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

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Email: cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au


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More Facts!

Federal Government Preferred Provider Status

Access Easy English has Federal Government Preferred Provider Status for Easy English training.

Ask me what it means for your Department.


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.



2019 Conference Presentations

IAFL  Conference (International Association of Forensic Linguistics) July, 2019 Melbourne , Australia

Basterfield, C. Access to Written Information: Language and the Legal Process

IASSIDD Conference (International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.) August, 2019 Glasgow, Scotland

Basterfield, C. What’s in a name? Easy English or Easy Read: Does it matter?

Basterfield, C. Legal Literacy. What do we know?

PLAIN Conference (Plain Language Association International) September, Oslo, Norway

Basterfield, C. Images Everywhere: What Do I Use?

ASID Conference (Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability)

Basterfield, C.  The international perspective on Easy English and Easy Read: The journey forward.