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 learning outcomes for each AQF level and qualification type
- The specifications for the application of the AQF in the accreditation and development of qualifications
- A set of policy requirements:
- The AQF Glossary of Terminology
- Principles and Processes for the Alignment of the AQF with International Qualifications Frameworks
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).