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Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)
Transition and Post-School Education and Training
  • Philippa Mclean
  • Kate Perkins
  • David Tout, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
  • Kath Brewer
  • Linda Wyse
Publication Date

This report was produced for the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

This report is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) License

The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) provides a rich, detailed picture of real life performance in the five core skills of: Learning, Reading, Writing, Oral Communication and Numeracy. These skills are essential for individuals to participate effectively in our society. They are inextricably interwoven into all parts of our lives, being directly or indirectly linked to the physical, social and economic wellbeing of individuals, workplace productivity and safety, community interaction and capacity, and ultimately to Australia’s economic and community wellbeing. The ACSF reflects contemporary use of English in Australia. The ACSF has been developed to facilitate a consistent national approach to the identification and development of the core skills in diverse personal, community, work, and education and training contexts. It offers: shared concepts and language for identifying, describing and discussing core skills; and a systematic approach to benchmarking, monitoring and reporting on core skills performance.
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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0
Place of Publication
Canberra, ACT.
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Citation Information
Mclean, Philippa., Perkins, Kate., Tout, David., Brewer, Kath., & Wyse, Linda. (2012). Australian Core Skills Framework. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved from