The Australian Qualifications Framework
The Australian Government designed the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) to ensure that qualification titles across the country are consistent and represent the same high standards of education.
The AQF regulates all Australian qualifications and provides clear rules about the level of education each qualification title represents. Each qualification generally leads into the next qualification down the list (see below) in the education framework. Having a nationally standardised system means there is a clear pathway to follow, making it easier for students to pursue their education. It also makes transferring between different education providers much easier, as there is no confusion caused by differing qualification titles and education levels. In addition to these qualifications, the AQF issues a Statement of Attainment when a student completes only part of a qualification.
For more information, see the Australian Qualifications Framework website.
The ten AQF levels
|AQF LEVEL||QUALIFICATION TYPES|
|Level 2||Certificate II|
|Level 3||Certificate III|
|Level 4||Certificate IV|
|Level 6||Advanced diploma Associate degree|
|Level 6||Bachelor degree|
|Level 7||Bachelor honours degree|
|Level 8||Bachelor honours degree|
|Vocational graduate certificate|
|Vocational graduate diploma|
|Level 9||Masters degree|
|Level 10||Masters degree|
Undergraduate / Graduate Degrees
There are 39 registered universities in Australia offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs. For more, visit our dedicated University Degree program section.
VET – Vocational Education and Training
Australia’s VET system, called TAFE (Techical and Further Education) is a network of institutions that offer programs that are both practical and career-orientated. These programs enable students to begin their career path with study and work all rolled into one program. The main benefit to employers of VET graduates is that they know the individual has practical, work place experience as well as the theoretical background. Recently, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of international students using TAFE/VET programs to enter Australia and increase their chances of becoming permanent residents.
There are many colleges in Australia that offer diplomas, or certificates in most every area of study. These private/ specialized colleges vary in price depending on the school but they all basically offer program that can range from 3 months to 3 year. Credits from these courses may be able to be transferred to universities, but this it dependent on the college and its relationship with Australian Universities.