Australian Education Framework

This information is useful for people who are planning to come to Australia as an international student and/or are interested in the Australian education system.

Australia is one of the world's leading international education service providers, offering a quality education experience that is different, challenging, exciting and rewarding. There are more than 200,000 international students from over 200 countries studying in Australia in schools, vocational education and training and higher education institutions.

One of the main advantages Australia offers is qualifications that are part of a national qualifications framework - the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Because AQF qualifications are accredited by Australian governments, an AQF qualification is recognised all around Australia and by other countries.

According to Australian education system and its educational framework guide, Australian education categorically divided into three major educational sectors:


  • High School
  • Higher Secondary School


  • Certifcate  I, II, III, and IV
  • Diploma
  • Advance Diploma
  • Associate Degree


  • Bachelor Degree   - Undergraduate
  • Bachelor [Honours]  - Undergraduate
  • Graduate Certificate - Postgraduate|
  • Graduate Diploma  - Postgraduate
  • Master Degree by Course Work - Postgraduate
  • Master Degree by Research - Postgraduate
  • Doctorate/PhD

For more information about Australian education and training services, contact Australian Education International or the Australian Diplomatic Mission in your country. 

All education and training institutions must be registered by the Commonwealth government to be able to provide qualifications for international students. These institutions are audited on a regular basis to make sure they are complying with the regulations of the ESOS Act that protects international students in Australia.

All institutions and the qualifications they are registered to provide for international students are listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)