Adult literacy inquiry final hearing

THE House Employment, Education and Training Committee will hold its final hearing for its inquiry into Adult literacy and its importance, as it hears evidence from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on its administration of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey.

Committee Chair, Andrew Laming MP said, "The committee has heard concerns of under sampling in PIAAC which has the potential to impact results across states and territories, but particularly in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

"Being the main source of national statistics on adult literacy, it is critical that sampling sizes are sufficient so the PIAAC survey can serve as a baseline for measuring the outcomes of policies aimed at increasing adult language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy proficiency," Mr Laming said.

Public hearing details

Date: Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Time: 11.45am to 12.30pm (AEDT)
Location: via videoconference

Program: available here.

The hearing will be broadcast live at

Further information about the inquiry is available on the Committee’s website.


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