Families and teachers in the South West can now use free, online resources to help their children learn to read.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Federal Government has launched a free phonics check for teachers and a simple reading awareness check for families.

“Literacy and numeracy are the fundamentals of a successful education and our Government is giving families free tools to help ensure their children’s reading is on track,” Mrs Marino said.

“We have provided $10.8 million across Australia to develop resources for families and educators to assess the language skills of students to help them better understand a child’s reading level.

“I encourage all South West schools to take advantage of the free phonics check to help teachers determine a child’s reading progress and what additional support they may need.

“The Federal Government has delivered on its election promise to deliver a voluntary phonics health check for Year 1 students.

“We have also released a new reading awareness check and literacy resources for parents to help their children learn to read.”

The phonics check and reading awareness check are available with more resources to support literacy development on stage one of the new online Literacy Hub at