Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

The Organisation for the Economic Cooperation and Development measures adult skills and competencies through the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies survey.

PIAAC Results 2013

On 8 October 2013, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the international report Skills Outlook 2013, containing the first results from PIAAC. This valuable data will be used as critical evidence base for policy and program development.

Australia was one of 24 countries participating in this round of PIAAC, including the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and South Korea.

The Australia Bureau of Statistics also released Australian results on 9 October 2013, including breakdowns by state and territory.

How do I gain access to PIAAC data?

Australia’s results are available through the following avenues:

More detailed Australian data is available through the ABS Microdata Service

What is PIAAC?

PIAAC is an OECD survey that measures adult skills and competencies including literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills, with a particular focus on skills used at work, computer and ‘information age’ skills and drivers of low literacy performance.

Fieldwork for PIAAC commenced internationally in late 2011, and the Australian survey was carried out by the ABS between October 2011 and March 2012.

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