Australian Bureau of Statistics
1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Mar 2008
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The Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALLS), Summary Results, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4228.0) was run as part of an international survey designed to assess the skills of adults (15-74 years old) in prose and document literacy, numeracy, problem solving and health literacy. The survey is a follow up of the International Adult Literacy Survey, which was conducted in Australia in 1996, published under the title Aspects of Literacy, Assessed Skill Levels, Australia (cat. no. 4228.0). The 2006 ALLS allows for comparison of 1996 literacy skills, and comparisons with other countries, such as Canada, Norway, US and Netherlands. These literacy skills are measured on a progressive scale from Level 1 through to Level 5, with 1 being the lowest measured level of literacy and 5 the highest. Skill Level 3 is regarded by most experts as a suitable minimum for coping with the increasing and complex demands of modern life and work. Some interesting information that ALLS show us about NSW are:
Other Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALLS), 2006 products include:
Special tabulations of ALLS data are available on request and for a fee. To place a request, please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
For further information regarding ALLS, see Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey within the Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2007 (cat no. 1136.0) or contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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