Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)

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

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 ACSF 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 Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Program and the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program.

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To request a copy of the ACSF, please telephone 13 38 73.

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