Australian Qualification Training Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (commonly known as the AQF) is a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training (TAFEs and private providers) and the higher education sector (mainly universities).

The AQF helps all learners, employers and education and training providers to participate and navigate the qualifications system. Under the AQF, you can start at the level that suits you and then build up as your needs and interests develop and change over time. The Framework assists learners to plan their career progression at whatever stage they are within their lives and when they are moving interstate and overseas. In this way, the AQF supports national standards in education and training and encourages lifelong learning.

What are the key objectives of the AQF?
The AQF should:

  • provide nationally consistent recognition of outcomes achieved in post-compulsory education;

  • help with developing flexible pathways which assist people to move more easily between education and training sectors and between those sectors and the labour market by providing the basis for  “rpl” recognition of prior learning, including credit transfer and work and life experience;

  • integrate and streamline the requirements of participating providers, employers and employees, individuals and interested organisations;

  • offer flexibility to suit the diversity of purposes of education and training;

  • encourage individuals to progress through the levels of education and training by improving access to qualifications, clearly defining avenues for achievement, and generally contributing to lifelong learning;

  • encourage the provision of more and higher quality vocational education and training through qualifications that normally meet workplace requirements and vocational needs, thus contributing to national economic performance; and

  • promote national and international recognition of qualifications offered in Australia.


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