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New free online national Foundation Skills tool under development - your opportunity to help shape the tool

Monday, March 31 2014

Are you interested in finding out about a free online Foundation Skills Assessment Tool being developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to assess foundation skill levels against the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) and the Core Skills for Work (CSfW) Framework?

An excellent opportunity exists to contribute your perspectives and feedback towards the final product, with ACER seeking interested participants in focus groups and trials to help shape the development of the tool. 

For more information and to register your expression of interest, visit the Foundation Skills Assessment tool ACER webpage

Participate in trialling the tool

The trialling of the tool begins in April 2014. To register your interest in participating in a trial of the tool, click here.

Once you have registered, you will receive notification about the trial process as soon as it is available.

Participate in a focus group session

The first round of focus groups are being held in April and May the following capital cities:

  • Perth: 7 April 2104
  • Canberra: 9 April 2014
  • Adelaide: 7 May 2014
  • Darwin: 16 September 2014

Although the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane sessions are now closed to registrants, there will be further sessions later in 2014. ACPET will publish details as they become available.

Background Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT)

The Department of Industry has contracted ACER to develop a free online Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) to identify and assess an individual’s foundation skill levels against both the ACSF and the Core Skills for Work (CSFW) Framework.

ACER is interested in hearing from interested VET and employment services providers to be involved in focus groups and to participate in trials to provide feedback about the assessment system.


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