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Data literacy skills

Whether in policy development, program management or service delivery, data skills are essential for all Australian Public Service (APS) employees to support evidence-based, informed decision making.

Building foundation level data literacy

Data literacy is the ability to identify, locate, interpret and evaluate information and then communicate key insights effectively.  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.

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.

Module 1 - Using data in the APS

Module 2 - Undertaking research

Module 3 - Using statistics

Module 4 - Visualising information

Module 5 - Providing evidence to decision makers


The APSC is also developing a series of workshops to extend the eLearning modules. These will provide an opportunity for supported practice and to confirm your grasp of concepts with an expert facilitator. The first workshop: Using statistics, is now ready. For more information and to register for the program use the following link:

Using statistics workshop


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

Last reviewed: 
12 April 2019