What is the AQF?
The AQF is the policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system. The AQF was first introduced in 1995 to underpin the national system of qualifications in Australia encompassing higher education, vocational education and training and schools. The AQF is the agreed policy of Commonwealth, State and Territory ministers.
The AQF provides 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
- the policy requirements for issuing AQF qualifications
- the policy requirements for qualification linkages and student pathways
- AQF qualifications and qualification pathways
- the policy requirements for the addition or removal of qualification types in the AQF, and the definitions of the terminology used in the policy.
One of the key objectives of the Australian Qualifications Framework is to facilitate pathways to, and through, formal qualifications.