Australian Core Skills Framework

The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) is a tool which assists both specialist and non-specialist English language, literacy and numeracy practitioners describe an individual’s performance in the five core skills of learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy.

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It provides a consistent national approach to identifying and developing the core skills in three diverse contexts; personal and community; workplace and employment; and education and training. In particular, it offers:

  • shared concepts and language for identifying, describing and discussing the core skills
  • a systematic approach to benchmarking, monitoring and reporting on core skills performance.

The framework has broad application and can be used to:

  • assess and benchmark an individual’s core skills performance
  • describe core skills relevant to the workplace and employment
  • map curricula
  • tailor approaches to teaching and learning
  • inform decisions regarding funding and referrals.

It is also the key quality measure for the Australian Government’s Skills for Education and Employment Programme.

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