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 Glossary of terminology

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) includes qualifications across the different education and training sectors and in a broad range of fields of study/disciplines. The terms used in the AQF are not sector specific and do not preclude sector-specific terms being used in the different education and training sectors provided that there is consistency in application of the concept.

To maximise consistency in understanding and interpretation of the terminology used in the AQF, the terminology is defined in a glossary. The terminology is an essential component of the levels criteria, qualification type descriptors and policies which cannot be correctly used without the use of the definitions in the glossary.

All of the terms in the glossary are defined in the context of their use in AQF policies. Only those words or phrases that occur in the AQF levels criteria, qualification type specifications or policies are included in the glossary.