About us

Auspeld strives to ensure that all Australian students are successful learners and that all teachers are equipped with the essential knowledge and skills they need.

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The Australian Federation of SPELD Associations (Auspeld) represents all state and territory SPELD Associations. These organisations promote effective literacy and numeracy instruction for all learners through the provision of a range of in-demand services, including professional development for educators, access to support and advice, and more.

Auspeld and the state SPELDs also represent and support children and adults with learning difficulties and Specific Learning Disorders in Australia. Most of these individuals have persistent literacy and/or numeracy difficulties and many face significant barriers accessing education and training. The implications of this are significant: on long term academic and employment prospects; mental health; community involvement; socio-economic status; and, individual resiliency. It is conservatively estimated that well over 20 percent of Australian children are currently struggling with learning difficulties and 3 to 5 percent of students are known to have a developmental learning disorder.

State SPELD Associations

Each state SPELD organisation provides advice and support to families and educators on successful literacy acquisition, evidence-based practice, and the strategies most likely to improve literacy outcomes for all individuals, including children and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Please locate and contact your nearest state organisation or visit their website for more information on the various services they provide.


Phone: (02) 9739 6277
Email: enquiries@speldnsw.org.au


Phone: (07) 3391 7900
Email: speld@speld.org.au


Phone: (08) 8431 1655
Email: info@speldsa.org.au


Phone: (03) 9480 4422
Email: hello@speldvic.org.au

DSF Literacy & Clinical Services WA

Phone: (08) 9217 2500
Email: support@dsf.net.au

Supporters and Collaborators 

Auspeld remains relentlessly committed to evidence-informed practice. We work closely with a number of universities across Australia and other organisations, both in Australia and internationally. 

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Patronage & Leadership
Patron Dr Norman Swan
 President  Mandy Nayton, Chief Executive Officer, Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation WA
Vice President Georgina Perry, Executive Officer, SPELD NSW
Secretary Georgina Perry, Executive Officer, SPELD NSW
Treasurer Laura McLachlan, Chief Executive Officer, SPELD South Australia
Committee Members
SPELD NSW Inc Georgina Perry, Rhonda Filmer
SPELD QLD Inc David Oliver, Ian Chapman
SPELD SA Inc Laura McLachlan, Mark Parsons
SPELD VIC Inc Deirdre Hardy
Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation WA Inc Mandy Nayton, David McAuliffe