Don't take it as read

On 25 March 2022, the Committee agreed to a corrigendum for the report Don’t take it as read – Inquiry into adult literacy and its importance. The corrigendum was tabled in the House on 31 March 2022 and the online version of the report was republished as amended. To view the corrigendum, visit the corrigendum webpage.


March 2022

© Commonwealth of Australia 2022
ISBN: 978-1-76092-368-6

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Chair's foreword


  Committee secretariat

Terms of reference


List of recommendations

1. Introduction

  Scope and conduct of the inquiry
  Recent reviews and policy context
  Structure of the report

2. Australia’s language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy challenges

  Evidence of LLND skills gaps
  Benefits of addressing LLND skills gaps
  Limited data and research on adult LLND skills

3. Factors contributing to language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy gaps

  Specific learning disabilities
  Early childhood education and care
  School education
  Disengagement from education, shame and stigma
  Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

4. Programs supporting adults with language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy skills gaps

  Programs supporting adult LLND skills development
  Factors contributing to gaps in provision
  Support for individuals with LLND skills gaps

A. Submissions

B. Exhibit

C. Hearings and witnesses

  Wednesday, 17 February 2021
  Wednesday, 24 February 2021
  Wednesday, 24 March 2021
  Monday, 12 July 2021
  Tuesday, 13 July 2021
  Monday, 19 July 2021
  Wednesday, 28 July 2021
  Thursday, 29 July 2021
  Thursday, 19 August 2021
  Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Committee Secretariat contact:

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Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4573