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

Benefits of the AQF  

The users of the AQF span each education and training sector: schools, vocational education and training and higher education and include the accrediting authorities and institutions providing education and training.

The benefits for stakeholders are as follows:

 

For students:

  • the AQF encourages lifelong learning and assists students to plan their careers and learning at whatever stage they are within their lives and wherever they live
  • AQF qualifications allow students to start at the level that suits them and then build up their qualifications as their needs and interests develop and change over time
  • the AQF supports national standards in education and training
  • AQF qualifications are recognised across Australia
  • the AQF ensures understanding of what each qualification name and level means
  • the registers of registered education and training providers and accredited courses provide assurance that courses and providers are approved by government

For international students:

  • the AQF supports national standards in education and training
  • AQF qualifications are recognised all around Australia and internationally
  • the registers of registered education and training providers and accredited courses provide assurance that courses and providers are approved by government
  • all institutions and the AQF qualifications they provide for international student must be registered by the Commonwealth government and listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

For employers:

  • the AQF supports national standards in education and training
  • AQF qualifications are recognised across Australia
  • the AQF ensures understanding of what each qualification name and level means
  • the registers of registered education and training providers and accredited courses provide assurance that courses and providers are approved by government

For education and training providers:

  • the AQF includes policies and guidelines for credit transfer, articulation and recognition of prior learning
  • policies for issuing qualifications ensures consistency and protection of qualification titles
  • the registers of registered education and training providers and accredited courses provide assurance that courses and providers are approved by government

For accrediting authorities:

  • the AQF provides the standard for each qualification ensuring consistency for qualification accreditation
  • the AQF applies to all States and Territories