AQF & Higher Education Reforms Welcomed By Independent Providers

The Australian Government’s response to the Review of Australia’s Higher Education Provider Category
Standards and the review of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) has been applauded by the
Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent
providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.

Both reviews represent the most significant examinations of the Australi an tertiary education system
undertaken over the last decade and embrace a more cohesive architecture for Australia’s higher
education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.

“It is a credit to those involved in the reviews, particularly Professors Noonan and Coaldrake, that such a
range of stakeholder views have been considered and embraced for Australia’s future tertiary education
system. In particular, the focus on students, the student experience and student outcomes are to be
applauded,” said Mr Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executiv e.

Concerning the review of Australia’s Higher Education Provider Category Standards, ITECA has, with input
of its members, actively supported the move to simplify the categorisation of non -university providers in
Australia. An additional provider catego ry designed to make it easier for independent higher education
providers to meet their registration requirements, innovate to grow their business and meet student.

employer and industry needs was also welcomed.

The review of the AQF is of critical importance to move to ward s a more cohesive tertiary education
system where connections and transition between vocational education and training (VET) and higher
education allow students to transition with ease between the two sectors.

“Allowing workers, throughout their working live s, to transition between VET and higher education is
something that will ensure that Australia has a workforce that’s equipped for the jobs of today and
tomorrow,” Mr Williams said.

A focus on providing structure to micro -credentials, a component of the AQF review, will provide a
framework that will allow the workforce to access new knowledge and skills with more ease.

Furthermore, the approach taken by government will simplify the process of achieving government
recognition of micro -credentials.

“ITECA congratulates the government for the approach taken to both reviews and will continue to
support and actively promote a more cohesive tertiary education system,” Mr Williams said.

ITECA represents independent providers in the higher edu cation, vocational education, training and skills
sectors. There are around 130 independent providers in the higher education sector that collectively
support some 10% of the more than 1.5 million students in higher education. Independent providers
suppo rt more than 70% of the 4.1 million students enrolled in VET programs across Australia.

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