Major shake-up of qualifications systems announced

Major shake-up of qualifications systems announced

An expert review has recommended a major shake-up of Australia’s qualifications systems to ensure smoother pathways between vocational and higher education for students.

The findings of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) review was announced today by Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, and Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator, Michaelia Cash.

The review, launched in 2008 and chaired by Professor Peter Noonan, set out to ensure Australian qualifications reflect the kinds of knowledge and skill levels which are increasingly in demand among graduates of all levels and across all sectors.

The review recommends significant reforms to “reinvigorate” the connection between vocational education and training (VET) and higher education.

'Microcredentials' would be recognised to allow providers to offer short, highly-targeted courses to students and employers looking to fill a skills gap without getting bogged down in “red tape”.

Senior secondary students would also be able to study subjects at school that count towards a vocational training qualification or university degree.

Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan, said the government would consider the review and responds in due course.