Thursday, November 29, 2007

How literate are adult Australians?

Just over half (54%) of Australians were assessed as having the prose literacy skills (ability to read newspapers and magazines) needed to meet the complex demands of everyday life and work.

Results were similar for document literacy (ability to read timetables, job applications, maps) with 53% and numeracy with 47% achieving this level.

Data is now available for adult literacy levels in the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (cat. no. 4228.0).

This survey also assesses problem solving and health literacy, and includes social and economic characteristics such as income level, educational attainment and employment status. Part of an international survey, Australia's results can also be compared with other countries.

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