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Adult Media Literacy in Australia: Attitudes, Experiences and Needs
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Sydney | 2021 | 81 p.
Tanya Notley; Simon Chambers; Sora Park; Michael Dezuanni
Corporate author: 
Western Sydney University; Queensland University of Technology;University of Canberra
Asia and the Pacific
© Western Sydney University, Queensland University of Technology and University of Canberra 2021

This report is based on a survey of 3,510 adult Australians to understand the different types of media they use, the value they place on different media activities, their confidence in their own media abilities and their access to media literacy support. The survey was designed with input from diverse voices in the media literacy field including researchers, media producers, policymakers, government agencies, educators and public cultural institutions. The findings show that most Australians use several different types of media each day, they believe a diverse range of media activities are important in their lives, but their confidence in their own media abilities is unexpectedly low. The findings demonstrate that if we accept that media is integral to all aspects of our lives, far more needs to be done to address the needs of groups who are the least confident about their media abilities and who have access to the least support. The findings also show that increasing media literacy can yield direct benefits for increasing people’s civic engagement.


Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Media and Information Literacy
Level of education: 
Higher education
Lifelong learning
Non-formal education


Media literacy; Media literacy education; Civic engagement; MIL