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Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)

An essential consideration during course mapping and analysis is the The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The 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.

The AQF is a key national policy instrument. Implementation of the AQF requirements commenced on 1 July 2011. All AQF requirements were to be met from 1 January 2015.

For each level of award (Diploma, Associate Degree, Degree) the AQF defines:

  1. Purpose
  2. Knowledge
  3. Skills application and knowledge of skills
  4. Volume of learning

Learning and Teaching Academic Standards

In 2010 the Australian Government charged the ALTC in the facilitation and the coordination of discipline communities' definition of academic standards as the higher education sector prepared for the new regulatory environment of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). These standards were developed as part of a demonstration project funded by the Australian Government in 2010 and facilitated by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Academic institutions and teachers, professional bodies, accreditation bodies, employers and graduates participated in the development of minimum threshold learning outcomes for the discipline.

Other Resources

Assessment 2020 – David Boud's 'Seven propositions for assessment reform in higher education' provides a stimulus for those involved in the redevelopment of assessment practices. It draws on the expertise of a group of highly experienced assessment researchers, academic development practitioners and senior academic managers to identify current best thinking about the ways assessment will need to address immediate and future demands
Boud, D. (2010). Assessment 2020: Seven propositions for assessment reform in higher education. University of Technology, Sydney.