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ACSF? Australian Core Skills Framework 2012: Key Features

ACSF? Australian Core Skills Framework 2012: Key Features

In a nutshell.

“The ACSF describes each of the five core skills across three interactive dimensions:
− Five levels of performance ranging from 1 (low level performance) to 5 (high level performance)
− Four performance variables that may influence a person’s performance at any time:

  • support
  • context
  • text complexity
  • task complexity.

− Three Domains of Communication, broad contexts within which the core skill may be used:  

  • personal and community
  • workplace and employment
  • education and training.”

(Source:, 2014) 


Let us explore the simple steps you can take as a facilitator and the resources provided to you by industry. 


Need assistance to identify and measure an individual’s foundation skill levels?

  •  Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) –  Coming Mid-2015 developed by Dept of Industry 


Looking for resources to assist with assessment tasks for the ACSF? 

  • Source here:


Have come across an adult seeking English language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) information, advice and support?

  • Refer them to: OR 1300 6555 06
Another option for facilitators is to gain the knowledge and skills through attending formal training. ASLS offers the following unit of competence. 
The LLN Course (TAELLN411) introduces trainers and assessors to core language, literacy and numeracy skills in training and assessment practice. Competence in this unit does not indicate that a person is a qualified adult language, literacy, numeracy practitioner or specialist. All VET practitioners will be required to hold the unit TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills or its equivalent when the latest version of the Certificate IV qualification is endorsed this year.

Completion of this unit will benefit VET practitioners by providing them with the skills and knowledge to recognise the core language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) demands of training and assessment and to tailor training and assessment to suit individual LLN skill levels, including accessing relevant support resources. 

More information on the course outcomes:


Anna Douglas

Anna Douglas spends most her time writing and editing content as one of our ASLS Bloggers. She specialises in all matters relating to training and development and one of her favourite things about this is getting to hear from the readers.

She previously worked at Australian Safety and Learning Systems as the Business Operations Manager, as well as delivering the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She provides a comprehensive and practical approach, is well-grounded in theory, and passionate about guiding learning in the workplace. Anna’s blog articles a ‘must read’ for those in the Vocational Education and Training sector. Whether a departmental trainer, a training manager or a training developer at heart, it is a valuable reference for all!

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