Australian Bureau of Statistics
4228.0 - Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Summary Results, Australia, 2006 (Reissue)
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Australia's literacy and life skills: ABS
There are fewer Australians with literacy assessed as being in the lowest category than there were a decade ago, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.The 2006 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey of Australians aged 15 to 74 years assessed prose literacy (e.g. ability to read newspapers), document literacy (e.g. ability to use bus schedules) as well as numeracy and problem solving skills, and the ability to understand health related information (e.g. first aid advice).
Approximately 17% (2.5 million) of people were assessed at the lowest prose literacy level (down from 20% in 1996), while 18% (2.7 million) were assessed at the lowest document literacy level (down from 20% in 2006).
Other findings from the survey include:
More information can be found in Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Summary Results, Australia 2006 (cat. no. 4228.0).
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This page last updated 14 February 2013