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

Pre-AQF qualifications

For a comparison table of the AQF against pre-1995 qualifications, please see the Australian Country Education Profile on the Australian Government International Education website.

In 1995, the AQF replaced the Register of Australian Tertiary Education. Transition arrangements between the previous structures and the AQF were developed in 1995, and were valid during the transition period. This information is included in the ‘AQF Transition Arrangements 1995’ document that forms part of the AQF Implementation Handbook 1st Edition.

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