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 policies  

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) itself is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.

The AQF provides the standards for Australian qualifications. It is an integrated policy that comprises:

The AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy, the AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy and the AQF Qualifications Register Policy are integrated into the AQF specifications for each AQF qualification type.

The terminology used in the AQF policies is not sector-specific. To support consistency of understanding and interpretation, definitions of the terminology are provided in the AQF Glossary of Terminology.

The title ‘Master of …’ is the title used for the Masters Degree. The AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy permits the use of an alternative title for Masters Degree (Extended) qualifications for six professions as an exception to the rule. Permission must be sought from the AQF Council for the addition of any other professions, using the policy and the process included in the Requirements for permission to use alternative title for AQF Masters Degree (Extended).


 

AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy

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The purpose of the AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy is to ensure that:

  • graduates receive the certification documentation to which they are entitled
  • AQF qualifications are correctly identified in certification documentation
  • AQF qualifications are protected against fraudulent issuance
  • a clear distinction can be made between AQF qualifications and non-AQF qualifications
  • certification documentation is used consistently across the education and training sectors, and
  • graduates and others are confident that the qualifications they have been awarded are part of Australia’s national qualifications framework – the AQF.

The policy covers all education and training providers that issue AQF qualifications. It covers all AQF qualifications and accredited units (through the issuance of a statement of attainment), regardless of where and how they are delivered (for example onshore, off shore, on the job, in the classroom, through formal study or assessment).

The policy includes the:

  • requirements that must be met by providers of AQF qualifications who are also registered to issue the qualifications, including the replacement of testamurs
  • full list of recognised AQF titles of qualification types and any exceptions that have been agreed
  • use of titles by graduates
  • requirements that must be met by providers who are issuing statements of attainment, including the replacement of statements of attainment.

AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy

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The AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy builds into the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) the capacity to genuinely support students’ lifelong learning. It is Australia’s national policy on qualifications pathways.

The purpose of the policy is to maximise the credit that students can gain for learning already undertaken. It aims to:

  • enhance student progression into and between AQF qualifications
  • recognise the multiple pathways that students take to gain AQF qualifications and that learning can be formal, non-formal or informal, and
  • support the development of pathways in qualifications design.

This policy covers all education and training sectors that issue AQF qualifications and the responsibilities for making qualification pathways accessible to students.

The policy includes the:

  • responsibilities of providers of AQF qualifications to ensure that there are transparent pathways for students, including the maintenance of publicly available registers and information on pathways and credit
  • responsibilities of accrediting authorities and qualification developers to promote and facilitate pathways for students, including the maintenance of publicly available registers of credit transfer agreements and articulation arrangements.


 

AQF Qualifications Register Policy

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Registers facilitate the public identification and verification of Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and contribute to the protection of AQF qualifications.

The purpose of the AQF Qualifications Register Policy is to:

  • ensure that information about AQF qualifications and authorised issuing organisations is publicly available
  • ensure that a clear distinction is made between AQF and non-AQF qualifications
  • ensure that any publicly available registers, databases and other information based on data derived from the AQF Register, or purporting to be about AQF qualifications and the organisations authorised to issue them, accurately represents the AQF
  • facilitate the comparison of AQF qualifications and authorised issuing organisations to enable consumers of AQF qualifications to make informed choices, and
  • ensure records of AQF qualifications issued are kept.

The policy covers all education and training sectors that accredit and issue AQF qualifications and the responsibilities for the provision and management of registers of AQF qualifications and the organisations that issue them.

The policy includes the:

  • responsibilities of the AQF Council to maintain a publicly accessible and web-based register of all accrediting authorities
  • responsibilities of providers of AQF qualifications to maintain publicly available registers of the qualifications they are authorised to issue, those that have been issued and their credit transfer agreements
  • responsibilities of accrediting authorities to maintain publicly available registers of the providers they have authorised to issue AQF qualifications and the articulation arrangements that have been incorporated into AQF qualifications.

AQF Qualification Type Addition or Removal Policy

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The purpose of the AQF Qualification Type Addition and Removal Policy is to ensure that:

  • the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) has the flexibility to respond to Australia’s changing education and training needs, and
  • changes to AQF structure do not compromise the stability or integrity of the AQF.

This policy sets out the requirements for the addition and the removal of qualification types from the AQF. It also includes the requirements for the addition of qualification titles, including the exceptions for level 9 Masters Degree (Extended) qualification types. There are additional requirements that need to be met in submissions to the AQF Council for the inclusion of further exceptions to Masters Degree (Extended) titles.

The policy covers all education and training sectors that issue AQF qualifications.