The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training
The AQF links education and the labour market
The AQF sets the standards for Australia’s qualifications
The AQF is a flexible, contemporary framework of Australia’s qualifications
The AQF is Australia’s National Qualifications Framework
The AQF builds confidence in qualifications
The AQF supports the development of pathways to assist people to move easily through education and training and work
The AQF supports lifelong learning
The AQF underpins regulatory and quality assurance arrangements for education and training
The AQF supports national and international mobility of graduates and workers
The AQF enables comparability of Australian and international qualifications
AQF qualifications are the currency of the labour market

AQF Governance

The management of the AQF is delivered through the Australian Government Department of Education and Training in consultation with the states and territories. The Department of Education and Training monitors and maintains the AQF, supports its users and promotes the AQF and its role in Australia’s education system. Expert consultative bodies are convened as required to advise Ministers on any AQF policy matters which arise.

These arrangements are the result of a decision of Commonwealth, state and territory Ministers in 2014 to disband the AQF Council and implement improved governance arrangements for the AQF. The AQF Council was originally established to deliver a review of the AQF, which culminated in the strengthened AQF.

With this work completed, it was timely to reconsider the role of the Council.