The Australian Media Literacy Alliance is an unincorporated group of organisations whose objectives in the area of media literacy are closely aligned. The founder members are:
- ABC Education (ABC)
- Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
- Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD)
- National Film and Sound Archives (NFSA)
- National and State Libraries Australia (NSLA)
- Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
- Western Sydney University (WSU)
ABC is the national broadcaster which has a remit within its charter to educate all Australians. It has a long history of providing educational materials to Australian schools and families. In 2018, ABC Education introduced Australia’s first Media Literacy Week.
ALIA is the peak body for school, public, tertiary and other libraries. Libraries have always been a rich source of quality information, today they also play a vital role in bridging the digital divide.
MoAD at Old Parliament House provides an enriched understanding and appreciation of Australia’s political legacy and the intrinsic value of our democracy – the capacity for people to have a say in the future of this nation. The museum has a strong focus on helping Australians develop a range of skills, including critical media literacy, to become active and informed citizens. In 2019, it opened the new permanent exhibition Truth, Power and a Free Press.
NFSA is Australia’s ‘living’ archive of audio-visual materials, a provider of media literacy education for students and lifelong learners, and a destination for deep engagement with Australian media culture based on its collections, which are a rich resource for fostering critical perspectives on the media.
NSLA is the peak body for Australia’s national, state and territory libraries. Its nine member libraries hold joint responsibility for collecting and providing access to Australia’s digital documentary heritage, including electronic publications and websites.
QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre conducts world-leading research for a creative, inclusive and fair digital media environment.
WSU’s Institute for Culture and Society researches transformations in culture and society in the context of contemporary global change. It champions collaborative, engaged research for a globalising digital age.
Together, these seven organisations have insight into content creation, information provision, education and media and information usage. They are able to bring other organisations to the table with specific expertise in these and other related areas.