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Literacy levels

Photos of a diverse range of people in our communityIn October 2013, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) — in conjunction with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — published the results of the latest international study on literacy in the developed world.

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, or PIAAC for short, was conducted between November 2011 and March 2012. It measured the literacy, numeracy and computer skills of people in 24 different countries.

Overall, Australia did well in the study, coming in fourth out of all surveyed countries for literacy. However, we didn’t perform so well for numeracy — we came 13th out of all surveyed countries, which was just below the OECD average for numeracy skills. As a nation, we scored well in relation to computer skills, with about 38 per cent of our adult population achieving higher levels of proficiency in problem solving in technology-rich environments.

Please use the menu on the left to look through all the details of the study and find out more about the current literacy levels in Australia.

Cover image for "Literacy in Australia"You can also find this information in an accessible PDF format.

Download Literacy in Australia: Understanding the literacy levels in our community here.