Easy English Services


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

       Ask me what it means for your Department.



Access Easy English will provide you with a
personalised service for your business.

Access Easy English will provide:

  • Expert advice on how to introduce Easy English to your business;
  • Expert advice in identifying documents to be interpreted into Easy English;
  • Expert advice in interpreting documents into Easy English;
  • Expert development of documents into Easy English;
  • Quality project management and time management;
  • Expert assistance in identifying and completing consumer review of documents.

I will provide you with training and/or consultative services, as appropriate for your business.

I provide value for money in developing functional and accurate Easy English translations.

Download Easy English brochure here.


      Access Easy English has                                      Preferred Provider status for                                Easy English projects with

      – Federal Government

      – NSW Government

      – Northern Territory

      – Victorian Government.

       Let me know if you are setting                                 up a Preferred Provider Panel.


head shot photo of Cathy Basterfield


Who is Access Easy English?

Access Easy English is owned by           Cathy Basterfield.

Cathy Basterfield has a national and international reputation in the development of Easy English.

Cathy is acknowledged by her peers as a highly experienced, skilled practitioner in the field of Easy English. She is also recognised as being at the forefront of the development of Easy English in Australia, being one of the first practitioners in this specialist field. She has been at the forefront of the development of quality standards and benchmarks for Easy English.

Cathy was awarded a Victorian Government Ethel Temby scholarship for an investigative study into international trends and accreditation for Easy English writing and publications    in 2011.

Cathy is regularly invited to present at conferences on this subject matter.

Cathy is a trained Speech Pathologist. She has a background of more then 30 years experience in working with people with Complex Communication Needs.

She has a wide breadth of skills and knowledge in working with people with Complex Communication Needs. Cathy devises functional and meaningful communication for people with little or no speech.

Cathy is a published author in Easy English and the use of Key Word Sign (formerly Makaton).


Registrations and Affiliations

Cathy is registered with

Cathy is a member of

Submissions to Government Inquiries.


Federal Government Banking Royal Commission into  Misconduct in  the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry



Australian Government Senate Inquiry. Inquiry into the design, scope, cost-benefit analysis, contracts awarded and implementation associated with the Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative. Submission 116

Cathy has been invited to present at a public hearing on

27 April, 2017.


Victorian Government Access to Justice review and report. Submission 38


Royal Commission into Family Violence Report. Submission

Current Publications

  • Basterfield (2018) Access to written information: a social equity, social justice issue. Clarity. 78 pp 18 – 22
  • Basterfield and Starford (2014) Plain Language for Access to Democracy and Citizenship. Clarity. 72 (2) pp22-25.
  • Basterfield (2009 ) Raising awareness of the importance of functional literacy skills. Australian Communication Quarterly Vol. 11 No. 2
  • Brownlie, Basterfield and Bloomberg (2006) Let’s Play with Sign
  • Easy English. How to comply with the Victorian Government Communication Accessible Guidelines. 2014
  • Easy English Writing Style Guide (2005, 2007), Scope.
  • Images for Easy English (2008), Scope.

Conference Presentations


2019 Conference Presentations

July 2019

International Association of Forensic Linguistics (IAFL)

Melbourne, Australia

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

August 2019

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) 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?

September 2019

Plain Language Association International (PLAIN) Oslo, Norway

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

November 2019

Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) Adelaide, Australia

Basterfield, C.  The International Perspective on Easy English and Easy Read: The journey forward.

Cathy can provide you with further specific examples of current publications and conference presentations, upon request. cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au

Previous Conference Papers and Posters

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