The Conversation July 27, 2021
by Cath Ferguson
Having a low level of literacy is not the same thing as being illiterate. The definition of “illiterate” is the inability to read or write. A low level of literacy is more complex and relates to people’s abilities to read, write and understand a range of information that allows them to fully participation in society.
According to the OECD, 40–50% of adults in Australia have literacy levels below the international standard required for participation in work, education and society.