April 4, 2024 Deakin University publishes report on Australian Teens’ reading habits

Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund welcomes the recent research published by Deakin University, which reveals Australian teens’ reading attitudes and preferences.

The Cultural Fund proudly funded the project alongside other research partners: Australian Publishers Association (ASA), BookPeople, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the School Library Association of Victoria.

A total 13,217 Australian secondary school students were surveyed for the study.  The report focused on teens’ voluntary reading habits, specifically excluding homework or school-assigned reading.

The research revealed that almost three in 10 students in Years 7-12 do not read in their spare time and for the majority of Australian teens, reading ranks below social media and watching videos in their leisure activity preferences.

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