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

Reviews of the AQF

The AQF Council is required to regularly review and revise the AQF. Documentation relating to AQF reviews are provided below.

2011-2012: AQF Council Review of Graduate and Vocational Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Review of Graduate Certificates and Diplomas - Consultation Paper November 2011

Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in AQF June 2012 – Consultation Paper

Revised Specifications for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Qualification Types

Following the review of the AQF Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas, the AQF Council has amended the Specifications for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Qualification types.

The amendments are set out in the publication Addendum to AQF First Edition July 2011. Amended Qualification Types: Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma. The amendments are included in the AQF Second Edition January 2013.

2009-2011: Strengthening the AQF

A major review of the AQF was undertaken which resulted in the introduction of 10 levels and revised qualification type descriptors based on a taxonomy of learning outcomes; revised policies; and a formal glossary of terminology. This is referred to as ‘Strengthening the AQF’.

Consultation papers

Strengthening the AQF: A framework for Australia’s Qualifications – July 2010

Strengthening the AQF – An Architecture for Australias Qualifications – October 2009

Strengthening the AQF: A proposal – Analysis of the Submissions - July 2009

Strengthening the AQF: A proposal – May 2009

Background research papers – Strengthening the AQF

Empirical Validation of the AQF – Final Technical Report of the Strengthened AQF using item response theory

Empirical Validation of the AQF – Final Technical Report Volume 2 – Appendices-May 2010

Impact analysis of the AQF

Generic skills background paper

Earlier reviews

2009: Review of AQF Issuance Policy 2009 (Note: the policy that resulted from this project was replaced by the AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy in 2011).

2008-2009: Credit transfer project 2008-2009 (Note: the policy that resulted from this project was replaced by the AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy in 2011).

A summary of the changes to the AQF and Australia’s previous frameworks of qualifications can be found in this file.