The 2011-2012 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is an international survey coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD proposes to publish international results on 8 October 2013 in a comprehensive International Report. Access will be provided free of charge to an online Data Explorer tool with which it will be possible to design and create output in the form of tables only. Security measures will ensure the confidentiality of survey respondents. These outputs will be available from the OECD website at www.oecd.org.
This release contains preliminary Australia data, if further data processing by OECD identifies changes that need to be made, this release will be updated.
This product provides a range of information about the release of microdata from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), 2011-2012 including details about the survey methodology, and how to use the CURF. Data item lists and information on the conditions of use and the quality of the microdata as well as the definitions used are also provided.
Microdata are the most detailed information available from a survey and are generally the responses to individual questions on the questionnaire or data derived from two or more questions and are released with the approval of the Australian Statistician.
COMPARABILITY OF TIME SERIES
PIAAC was preceded by the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALLS) 2006 and Survey of Aspects of Literacy (SAL) 1996. Data previously released in the ALLS and SAL publications are not directly comparable with PIAAC data due to:
- changes in the interpretation of the skill levels
- combining the prose and document literacy scales into a single literacy scale
- the numeracy scores from ALLS being recalculated using a model to incorporate the results of all countries that participated in ALLS. (The previous model was based only on countries that participated in the first round of ALLS.)
Remodelled scores from ALLS and SAL will be included in additional data cubes to be appended to the PIAAC publication later in 2013.
For further information about comparing data from PIAAC with the previous surveys refer to the Comparability of Time Series section in the Explanatory Notes
of the following publication relevant to this microdata: Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), 2011-2012 (cat. no. 4228.0)
A Basic CURF on CD-ROM is available from this survey. The Basic CD-ROM allows approved users interactive access in the user’s own environment (via a CD-ROM/DVD)
Further information about these services, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing CURFs in general, is available from the CURF Microdata Entry Page
on the ABS web site.
Before you apply for access, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in this product and the User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFS
APPLY FOR ACCESS
To apply for access to the Basic CURF, register and apply in MiCRO
Further information about the survey and the microdata products can be found in this product:
- A detailed list of data items for the Basic CURF is available on the Downloads tab
- The Quality Declaration, Abbreviations and Glossary relating to these products can be found in the Explanatory Notes tab.
This page last updated 15 February 2013