3413.0 - Migrant Statistics News, Apr 2008  
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The Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALLS) was conducted in Australia as part of an international study designed to identify and measure literacy, which can be linked to the social and economic characteristics of people both across and within countries.

The ALLS provides information on the knowledge and skills of 15 to 74 year olds in the following four domains:

  • Prose literacy: the ability to understand and use information from various kinds of narrative texts, including texts from newspapers, magazines and brochures.
  • Document literacy: the knowledge and skills required to locate and use information contained in various formats including job applications, payroll forms, transportation schedules, maps, tables and charts.
  • Numeracy: the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage and respond to the mathematical demands of diverse situations.
  • Problem solving: goal-directed thinking and action in situations for which no routine solution is available.

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Summary Results, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4228.0) includes data for persons whose first language was not English and their year of arrival.