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Associate Degrees and the VET Sector
Presentation to the 17th IDP Australian International Education
21-24 October 2003
1. ASSOCIATE DEGREE: A NEW QUALIFICATION IN THE AQF
The Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA)
has endorsed an Associate Degree as a new qualification in the Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF), accredited through higher education processes in accordance with
MCEETYA’s National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes.
The new Associate Degree will be offered from 2004 onwards.
The new qualification will be offered by universities, other self-accrediting higher education
providers, and other providers, including TAFEs and private VET providers meeting the higher
education requirements. All approved providers will be listed on the AQF Register of
Recognised Education Institutions and Authorised Accreditation Authorities in Australia.
TAFE and private VET providers who have met the higher education requirements will
become approved higher education providers for the purposes of this qualification, and will be
listed on the AQF Register. (AQFAB 2003)
2. THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE
The Associate Degree is proposed as a new sub-Degree qualification accredited against
higher education requirements. It is intended to be of two years in duration following year 12
or equivalent, or Certificate III or IV and is positioned alongside the Advanced Diploma.
AQF Table of Qualifications (by sector of accreditation)
Vocational Education and Training
Higher Education Sector