Australian Bureau of Statistics
Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
PIAAC will be conducted in 26 countries and is complementary to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is funding the ABS to conduct PIAAC in Australia commencing in October 2011. PIAAC will provide continuity with the 2006 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALLS), and the 1996 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS). For information about PIAAC on the DEEWR web site, please see http://www.deewr.gov.au/Skills/Resources/Pages/PIAAC.aspx.
The survey sample of approximately 9,000 people will be selected at random from households across Australia. Selected households will receive an explanatory letter informing them of their selection together with a brochure outlining the aims and requirements of the survey. A fully trained ABS Interviewer will then contact the occupants, explain the purpose of the survey, answer any questions they might have and make an appointment for the interview. One member of each selected household aged 15 to 74 years will be chosen at random via computer to participate. If the selected person is aged between 15 and 17 years, consent will be sought from a parent or guardian.
An important element of PIAAC is the international nature of the survey. It is designed to provide a comparison of adult skills across 26 countries while accommodating the differences in cultures, nationalities, and languages.
How are people selected for inclusion in the survey?
Dwellings are selected at random across each state or territory of Australia so that each household has a known chance of selection.
Each selected dwelling (and its residents) represents a number of other dwellings in that area. The information collected from each selected household is used to represent a number of others which are like them in terms of their household composition, location, age, education and employment characteristics. The cooperation of all those selected is important to ensure all households/people are properly represented in the survey and so are properly reflected in the survey results.
This page first published 23 August 2006, last updated 19 July 2011