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  • AQF cover Australian Qualifications Framework
  • The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework. 
    • ‘ A stronger qualifications framework will help build confidence in our system;
    • make it easier for students to move between education sectors;
    • will result in an increasingly integrated tertiary sector with stronger pathways between VET and higher education; and
    • will deliver greater take-up of VET in schools and greater connectedness between Australia and the global education market’
    • MCTEE November 2010
  • Australian Qualifications Framework
    • The AQF is a fundamental part of the Australian education system and economy and has been since 1995
    • It replaced earlier registers that dated back to 1971
    • AQF qualifications are embedded in professional registration, industrial awards, are required for occupational licensing, the basis for census data for population etc
    • The AQF is owned, funded and supported by all Australian governments
  • Objectives of the AQF The objectives of the AQF are to provide a contemporary and flexible framework
    • The AQF is the national policy on qualifications
    • It sets the standards for each Australian qualification type
    • It provides the national policy for student pathways
    • It is designed to support student mobility and facilitate lifelong learning
  • How the AQF operates
    • The legal basis for the AQF is the responsibility of commonwealth, state or territory governments through their legislation
    • All AQF qualifications must be accredited by government authorised accrediting authorities
    • Only government accredited providers/institutions can deliver, assess and issue AQF qualifications
    • Providers must meet minimum/threshold standards to be accredited and to retain accreditation
    • Accrediting authorities monitor providers to ensure the quality of qualifications issued
    • Some issuing organisations are self-accrediting
  • AQF levels and qualification types
  • Why a system of levels?
    • Levels make transparent the progression available for qualification attainment
    • Expressed as learning outcomes
    • Levels illustrate increasing complexity and intellectual demand
    • The AQF is hierarchical by nature however people do not necessarily gain qualifications in this way
    • Movement by students in Australia can be in any direction – upwards, downwards and sideways progression is common-place
    • Levels are understood internationally
  • Qualifications descriptors
    • The purpose of each qualification type requires all qualifications to include learning outcomes to prepare graduates for work and further learning; for example:
      • The Diploma qualifies individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway to further learning.
    • Generic learning outcomes support graduate transition from education to the workplace.
  • Pathways policy
    • Accrediting authorities and organisations developing qualifications will build articulation between qualifications into qualification at the design stage
    • Provides for recognition of prior learning for informal and non-formal learning
  • Pathways policy
    • Credit can mean ‘credit towards’ or ‘credit into’ qualifications
    • Institutions and accrediting authorities will maintain registers of credit arrangements to improve the transparency of pathways for students and to improve the accountability of institutions providing them issuance policy
  • International alignment
    • The AQF has been designed to facilitate alignment with international qualifications frameworks to facilitate easier recognition of Australian qualifications and international qualifications in Australia
  • Governing and monitoring the AQF
    • AQF Council is a committee of Ministers
    • It has an independent Chair and its members have expertise in all education and training sectors as well as in industry and government
    • AQF Council’s role is to:
      • provide policy advice to Ministers
      • maintain, monitor and promote the AQF
      • support the users of the AQF
  • Contact the AQF
    • Visit the AQF website for information
    • www.aqf.edu.au
    • Subscribe to AQF Council Email Newsletter
    • [email_address]
    • Enquire through the Secretariat
    • [email_address]
    • + 61 – 8 - 8226 2775