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 Register of Authorised Accrediting Authorities

The AQF Register of Authorised Accrediting Authorities comprises authorities that accredit AQF qualifications including those responsible for accrediting the qualifications which they themselves deliver, and authorities that authorise providers to issue qualifications. This register also lists authorities that are no longer active.

Click on the sector of education and training in the graphic below for details about the relevant Authorised Accrediting Authorities.

If you are unable to view the details in the graphic, click on the list below.

Higher education

Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency

The Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector. TEQSA:

  • accredits qualifications developed by non self-accrediting organisations and authorises non self-accrediting organisations to issue those qualifications
  • authorises universities and other self-accrediting higher education providers to accredit qualifications and issue those qualifications.

TEQSA maintains the National Register of Higher Education Providers which  lists all registered higher education providers.

Self-accrediting higher education providers

Self-accrediting higher education providers, including universities, are authorised by TEQSA to accredit AQF qualifications which they themselves issue.

If you wish to know more about a self-accrediting provider, click on the National Register of Higher Education Providers. This will take you to the websites of universities and self-accrediting higher education providers where you also can search for the qualifications these providers issue.

NOTE These websites may also list non-AQF awards. You will need to check whether these are AQF qualifications.  AQF qualifications are identified by the AQF qualification type title.

Vocational education and training

There are four bodies authorised to accredit qualifications in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

  • The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) accredits qualifications and registers training organisations operating in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland, or Tasmania with domestic and/or international students, and training organisations operating in Victoria and Western Australia with international students and/or domestic students from other states and territories.
  • The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) accredits qualifications and registers training organisations operating only in Victoria with domestic students.
  • The Western Australian Training Accreditation Council (WA TAC) accredits qualifications and registers training organisations operating only in Western Australia with domestic students.
  • From January 2016, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee will oversee industry reference committees responsible for training product development. Industry reference committees will be supported by independent, professional skills service organisations.

The National Register on Vocational Education and Training is the authoritative source of information on training packages, qualifications, accredited courses, units of competency, skill sets and registered training organisations.

Secondary education

There is a body in each state and territory that is authorised to accredit the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education qualification type.  If you would like to find out more about an accrediting authority for the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, click on the link below relevant to your query.

Accrediting authorities no longer active

The following accrediting authorities ceased operations in 2012 following commencement of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) in higher education, and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) in vocational education and training.

The former accrediting authorities are listed to assist in verifying the authenticity of qualifications issued before 2012.

Higher education

  • Australian Capital Territory: Accreditation and Registration Council
  • New South Wales: The Minister through the Department of Education and Training
  • Northern Territory: The Minister through the Department of Education
  • Western Australia: The Minister through the Department of Education Services
  • Queensland: The Minister through the Office of Higher Education
  • Tasmania: Tasmania Qualification Authority (TQA) NOTE: The TQA continues to be authorised to accredit qualifications in the secondary education sector for Tasmania.
  • South Australia: Training and Skills Council
  • Victoria: Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) NOTE: The VRQA continues to be authorised to accredit qualifications in the vocational education sector and the secondary education sector for Victoria.

Vocational education and training

  • Australian Capital Territory: Accreditation and Registration Council
  • Queensland: Training and Employment Recognition Council
  • Northern Territory: The Department of Education
  • South Australia: Training and Skills Council
  • Tasmania: Tasmania Qualification Authority (TQA) NOTE: The TQA continues to be authorised to accredit qualifications in the secondary education sector for Tasmania.
  • New South Wales: Vocational Training and Accreditation Board (VETAB)