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 Symposium and Launch

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AQF Symposium and Launch
23 June 2011
8 May 2013

The AQF was successfully launched on Thursday June 23, 2011. In conjunction with the launch, the AQF Council hosted a Symposium attended by over 100 participants. Titled ‘Australian Qualifications Framework: Making a difference’, the Symposium program (PDF pending) featured speakers from industry, government, professional associations, education and training providers and researchers.

A video of the Symposium presentations can be viewed by selecting the links to the sessions below.

Session 1: The role of the AQF in national and international economic development

Chair: Hon John Dawkins AO, AQF Council

Speakers: Lance Hockridge, Managing Director and CEO, QR National, Garth Bode, First Assistant Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics

Session 2: The impact of the AQF on employment and society

Chair: Dr Dianne Orr, Incoming Acting Commissioner, Australian Skills Quality Authority

Speakers: Rupert Grayston, Chief Executive, Engineers Australia, Professor Lesleyanne Hawthorne, Associate Dean International, The University of Melbourne

Session 3: The AQF for students and workers in a national and international context

Chair: Professor Barry McGaw AO, Chair, Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority

Speakers: Heather Ridout, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group (paper presented by Megan Lilly, Director Education and Training, Australian Industry Group), John Nowakowski, President, Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations, Jesse Marshall, President, National Union of Students, Professor Dean Forbes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Flinders University

Session 4: The AQF for students and workers in a national an international context

Chair: Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC, Interim Chair, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

Speakers: Professor Anne Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Victoria University, Pam Christie, Acting Director-General, NSW Department of Education and Communities (paper presented by Kathy Rankin, Manager Training Education and Support, Department of Education and Communities), Karen Chalmers, Manager of Policy and International with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Hon John Dawkins AO, Chair AQF Council, Pat Forward, Federal TAFE Secretary, Australian Education Union (AEU), Hon Peter Hall MLA – Minister for Higher Education and Skills; Minister responsible for the Teaching Profession