Easy English

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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.

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


2 day Easy English training

Adelaide – Monday and Tuesday 6 & 7 April, 2020.

Darwin – Thursday and Friday 28 & 29 May, 2020

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.


Coming Soon

Look out for new resources from


More Access Easy English examples

White P on a blue background - parking signFrankston 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

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


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          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.

Speech Pathology Australia May, 2020. Darwin, Australia

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)