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Data literacy is the ability to identify, locate, interpret and evaluate information and then communicate key insights effectively.  Whether in policy development, program management or service delivery, data literacy skills are essential for all Australian Public Service (APS) employees to support evidence-based, informed decision making.

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has developed a suite of resources to lift APS data literacy. The suite includes comprehensive eLearning modules and workshops. These introductory resources have been developed for APS employees at all levels who are not data specialists.

For more information about these programs, please visit APSLearn.

eLearning modules

These modules are available free of charge to all APS employees. You can use the links below to access them. You will need to create a profile in APSLearn.  If you already have an APSLearn profile you can also use the search function to navigate to the modules. You can complete the modules in any order, although we recommend starting with Module 1.

APSLearn courses:

Module 1: Using data in the APS 

Module 2: Undertaking research 

Module 3: Using statistics 

Module 4: Visualising information 

Module 5: Providing evidence for decision makers 

Using statistics - 1 day face 2 face program 


APSC’s Using Statistics workshop is an extension of the eLearning module, and will provide an opportunity to support your practice in this area. Participants will collect and examine numerical data, and perform a range of basic statistical calculations with assistance from an expert facilitator. For more information and to register for this 1 day program, please visit APSLearn.


For more information about the APS data literacy resources, please contact coreskillsdevelopment [at] apsc.gov.au

Last reviewed: 
20 January 2020