This email is to advise you that the draft National Foundation Skills Framework (the Framework) is now available at Skills Reform.

The Commonwealth and state and territory governments have worked together to develop the draft Framework. It outlines a 10-year model for collective action by governments working with stakeholders to improve the foundation skills of Australian adults.

The Framework is focused on outcomes, drawing on similar frameworks being successfully used by several jurisdictions, and sets outcomes and indicators to direct the efforts of all governments and stakeholders.

The Framework replaces the 2012 National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults and will operate from 2022 to 2032. It will be reviewed every three years.

A webinar will be held on Friday 8 April 2022 to provide further information and background on the Framework. Further details on the webinar and how to register are also available on Skills Reform.

ACTA Submission on School Funding

The ACTA Council was invited to submit submitted a response to the Australian Parliament ‘Senate Select Committee on School Funding’ inquiry. The submission draws on input from ACTA Councillors from around the country as well as the recent ACTA survey into the State of EAL/D in Australia. 


Click here ( to access the Senate Committee website.


The ACTA Submission is number #74

Please note: When the Senate Committee authorises the release of a submission, subsequent publication of it is protected by parliamentary privilege. Please do not download and forward the submission to others but refer them to the above website.

ACTA Submission

Compulsory literacy and numeracy testing?

“I just found this really interesting response written by ACTA (Australian Council of TESOL Associations, the Australian Linguistics Society (ALS) and the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee Inquiry into the administration and reporting of NAPLAN testing. With the recent announcement that SCSA will now be requiring ALL students from year 10 to sit and pass a compulsory literacy and numeracy test and pass in order to obtain a WACE certificate, it makes for rather interesting reading!! I think the arguments they put forth in this document are very strong and somewhat compelling!”
– Committee member Sakura Ashton

Press ‘Control’ and click on the link below to take a look at the doc.

WATESOL Response to Indigenous Education Action Plan Draft 2010-2014

In 2010, the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) asked for feedback on this important document. We fully endorsed the joint submission made by ACTA, ALS and ALAA, which reflects robust research and best practice in Indigenous education. Read the response issued by WATESOL to the Ministerial Council on the Indigenous Education Action Plan Draft 2010-2014.

An update on the project and link to the draft Indigenous Education Action Plan can be found here.