A consultation paper has been released seeking input on the projects described below. The consultation has now closed however comments on the projects are welcome. Responses can be in the form of a brief email or a longer paper, and should be sent to email@example.com.
The AQF Council has commenced two international projects that aim to align the AQF with the New Zealand Qualifications Framework and with the European Qualifications Framework. The aim of the projects is an improved basis for the understanding and recognition of Australian qualifications in both New Zealand and Europe and the qualifications of New Zealand and Europe in Australia.
Working groups of stakeholders are assisting each of the projects. Input and comments are welcome from all stakeholders in the course of the projects and can be provided by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Definition: Alignment is defined within the AQF as ‘a process of referencing or mapping qualifications frameworks against each other in order to be able to make a statement about the extent of broad comparability, without adjustments to either of the qualifications frameworks being made.’
The AQF Principles and processes for the alignment of the AQF with international qualifications frameworks, approved by Ministers in March 2011 forms the key policy document for alignment projects. It includes a set of general alignment principles which are the criteria to be followed in any alignment projects.
The discussion paper Rationale for pursuing the comparablity of the AQF with other regional or national qualifications frameworks for the purpose of alignment sets out the justification for alignment including to assist in:
- enhancing the effectiveness of student and worker mobility,
- supporting Australia’s international commitments, and
- supporting qualifications recognition decision making.
The general methodology to be followed with each project includes:
- Preparation of preliminary documentation of both countries’ qualifications systems and preparation of a summary of Australia’s education and training system. For Australia, this is the AEI Country Education Profile
- Initial research to determine if alignment is in the best interests of Australia including a description of the other NQF, quality assurance systems, interest in alignment with Australia and a summary of Australia’s diplomatic and trade relationships with the country and migration and student data
- Developing a framework of understanding and building relationships between the countries to develop confidence in and shared understanding of each other’s systems
- Formal comparison through the establishment of joint working groups
- Inviting international experts to provide input
- Consultation with AQF stakeholders
- A final report will form the basis for recommending to Ministers the formal agreement on alignment