"The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) provides a rich, detailed picture of real life performance in the five core
- Oral Communication
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.
Adult core skills development is lifelong because we are likely to require new or enhanced core skills each time we take
on new roles and responsibilities or move into a new situation, or as a result of changes in the environment, including
new technologies. Thus, any focus on improving core skills should not be confined to those with limited skills, but
extend 'to all people trying to understand new forms of communication and information as they take on different roles
in life and work' (Foster & Beddie 2005 p.1). "