4226.0 - Aspects of Literacy: Profiles and Perceptions, Australia, 1996
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National literacy, numeracy perceptions: ABS survey
Most Australians feel their literacy and numeracy skills are "good" to "excellent" according to results from the first large scale survey of English language literacy in Australia.
Eighty-six per cent of people aged 15 - 74 rate their reading skills as excellent or good. This compares with 80 per cent for writing skills and 79 per cent for basic mathematics.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics' Survey of Aspects of Literacy, conducted in 1996, found that people's self rating of their skill level decreases as age increased; in particular, a higher proportion of people aged 55 and over rate their skills as moderate or poor. Other findings of the survey include:
Details are in Aspects of Literacy: Profiles and Perceptions, Australia, 1996 (cat. no. 4226.0) which is available from ABS bookshops. Another publication, due for release in early September 1997, will contain objective assessments of Australians' literacy and numeracy skill levels.
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