Australian Qualifications Framework Review

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training.

In the 2017-18 budget, the Australian Government announced a review of the AQF, which will ensure that the framework continues to meet the needs of students, employers, education providers and the wider community.

The AQF was last reviewed between 2009–2011. Since then there have been technological advances in education delivery, increased uptake of sub-qualifications and changes to standard international practice related to qualifications frameworks.

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, has appointed the following experts to the AQF Review Panel:

  • Professor Peter Noonan (Chair), Professor of Tertiary Education Policy at Victoria University
  • Professor Sally Kift Adjunct Professor, College of Business, Law & Governance at James Cook University
  • Ms Megan Lilly, Head of Workforce Development, Ai Group
  • Professor Elizabeth More AM, Dean of the Australian Institute of Management School of Business.

Two additional members nominated by the states and territories through the COAG Education Council and the COAG Industry Skills Council will join the four members appointed by Minister Birmingham.

The review will involve broad public consultation in response to a discussion paper and will include extensive consultations with the sector. Release of a discussion paper and public consultations are expected in the second half of 2018, with the final report to be provided to government by June 2019.

The department contracted PhillipsKPA to provide contextual research for the review, related to international qualifications frameworks and domestic use of the AQF.

Further information on the consultation process will be released as it becomes available. Inquiries about the AQF Review can be made to