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 Projects


As more countries develop national qualifications frameworks, referencing (to compare qualifications between different national frameworks), is becoming increasingly important. The value of referencing is in building transparency, trust and mutual understanding in qualifications frameworks as a strong foundation to educational engagement.

Referencing of the Australian and New Zealand Qualifications Frameworks

In December 2015, Australia and New Zealand completed referencing the AQF and the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and produced the report – Enhancing Mobility – Referencing of the Australian and New Zealand Qualifications Frameworks.

The report is the outcome of a joint project between the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to compare the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

The report details a comparison of the AQF and NZQF based on in-depth technical analysis against mutually-agreed principles. The outcomes of the project will enhance Australia’s international leadership in qualifications frameworks, qualifications recognition policy and complement existing mobility arrangements between Australia and New Zealand.

The department consulted with a wide range of Australian education and training stakeholders who supported the project including the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, the Australian Skills Quality Authority and education and training peak bodies throughout the course of the project. NZQA also consulted with its stakeholders. The heightened level of trust that was established throughout the project provides opportunities for future education and research exchange and collaboration.