The emphasis on competency-based standards approaches to reform in teaching is the single most significant trend current in Australian education and in the professions generally today. Pressure for reform has come from industry, and government, and to a significantly lesser extent from the professions and parents. While there have been some reservations expressed about CBS among some sections of the Commonwealth bureaucracy in recent months, the idea of competency-based standards remains the overarching schema for micro-economic reform. The dominant press for reform can be attributed to federal (and state) interests and the policy-makers who for largely economic or rationalist reasons. recognise the importance of creating a multi-skilled and flexible workforce to produce (ultimately) a 'clever country'
Selected Professions Observed : Competency-Based Standards and Their Implications for the Teachmg Profession.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 17(2).