Science literacy in Australia

Technology Science Australia

This report presents the results of a survey among Australians to determine their level of science literacy and how it has changed over the past three years.


The questions in this survey were first asked of Australians in July 2010 and were based on a previous survey conducted by the California Academy of Sciences. 

The survey was undertaken online and conducted between 7 and 10 May, 2013. Respondents were drawn from a professional social and market research panel.

The overall sample size was 1515, segmented and weighted to be nationally representative of Australia’s population by gender, age and residential location.

The accuracy of the results at an overall level is +/-2.5% at the 95% confidence interval. This means, for example, that if the survey returns a result of 50% to a particular question, there is 95% probability that the actual result will be between 47.5% and 52.5%.

Note: All percentage figures in this report are rounded. Accordingly, totals may not add up to 100%.

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