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EQF and AQF Equivalency

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Australia agrees to the European Qualification Framework (EQF) equivalency of the Australian Qualifications Framework

When you undertake the recognition process with MacArthur Institute, your professional skills and experience will be applied to the EQF standards. The EQF is the internationally recognised standard for all qualifications in Europe, including 48 nation signatories to the Bologna Process

The AQF and the EQF were compared using the following set of principles, which are based on an adaptation of the referencing criteria for European NQFs to the EQF.

The principles for comparison allow for in-depth comparative discussion of key elements with a focus on quality assurance and qualifications frameworks, and were agreed by the joint AQF-EQF technical working group during the visit to Australia in March 2015:

  • Principle 1: The roles of the responsible bodies for the AQF and the corresponding bodies for the EQF are clear and transparent.
  • Principle 2: Comparability of AQF and EQF and their levels.
  • Principle 3: The AQF and the EQF are based on learning outcomes.
  • Principle 4: Policies for qualifications and the scope of the framework, which qualifications are covered by framework, and non-formal and informal learning.
  • Principle 5: Both qualifications frameworks are underpinned by quality assurance principles.

The specific methodology used for Principle 2 in the comparison of AQF and EQF level descriptors include: • comparison of the domains of learning used in the level descriptors • linguistic/textual comparison of the level descriptors and their meaning and intent • use of the concept of ‘best-fit’ • use of typical examples of qualification types linked to levels to enrich context.

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About the European Qualification Framework (EQF)

When you undertake the recognition process with MacArthur Institute, your professional skills and experience will be applied to the EQF standards. The EQF is the internationally recognised standard for all qualifications in Europe. 

In developing the EQF, the Bologna Process approved the system for use throughout the EU and created the European Higher Education Area EHEA.

To become a member of the EHEA, countries have to be party to the European Cultural Convention and to declare their willingness to pursue and implement the objectives of the Bologna Process in their own systems of higher education.

Australia and Europe have a long history of education engagement through bilateral relations with individual nations and with the EU. A memorandum of understanding in education is in place between Australia and the EU. Australia also has memoranda of understanding with France, Germany and Spain. Australia has also engaged with the Bologna Process reforms.*

Source* – https://internationaleducation.gov.au/

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COMPARATIVE RESULTS AQF AND EQF.

In 2016, the Australian Government and the European Commission released comparative analysis of the AQF and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). Both were seen to be robust and well-established frameworks.

“Through this technical information exchange, a deeper and functional understanding of the relationship of the AQF and the EQF by Australian and European policy-makers has been developed. This joint process has raised the level of transparency to achieve a ‘zone of mutual trust’ where positive people-to-people and organisation-to-organisation relationships have been established. In practice, this zone of mutual trust represents opportunities for greater educational exchange and research collaboration between Australia and the EU, and recognition of such productive endeavours to facilitate student and worker mobility outcomes.” – Joint Australia – Europe working group on a comparative analysis of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

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