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University of Canberra Australian Qualifications Framework Implementation Plan
The Australian Qualifications Framework Council (AQFC) expects the University to have in place policies and processes in sufficient time to ensure compliance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Second Edition (January 2013) by 1 January 2015. The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has advised that it requires all new courses and awards developed from 29 January 2012 to meet the revised AQF. This document sets out the implementation principles and transition guidelines for the University to meet these obligations.
This plan covers all courses accredited by the University’s Academic Board.
  1. The University is committed to meeting all requirements of the AQF by the deadline of 1 January 2015. 
  2. Where there is a conflict between UC policy and AQF the AQF may take precedence.  Academic Board, or its delegated authority, will approve any exceptions to UC policy or provide transition guidelines until the policy can be reviewed and updated. 
  3. All current courses that are deemed not to comply with the AQF will be revised or closed to any future admissions by March 2014 for undergraduate courses and by July 2014 for postgraduate courses 
  4. From 2012 new courses will only be accredited if they comply with the AQF.
  5. From 2012 existing courses will only be revised if the revision complies with the AQF.
  6. Compliance with the AQF will be verified when courses are reaccredited under the Course Reaccreditation Policy. Only courses compliant with the AQF will be reaccredited. 
  7. Revisions to courses, including any course closures, which are needed for compliance to the AQF will be in accordance with the University’s course development procedures. 
  8. Revised documentation to align courses with the AQF must explicitly address transition arrangements for students enrolled in relevant non-compliant courses.
Role Responsibilities
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Academic) Ensure all coursework courses and related policies are AQF compliant by 1 January 2015.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research & Innovation)   Ensure all higher degree research courses and related policies are AQF compliant by 1 January 2015.
Academic Board  Note requirements of AQF and relevant TEQSA Threshold Standards and oversee compliance of UC courses and related policies.
University Education Committee
  • Establish AQF Implementation Steering Group to provide guidance with strategic and operational planning.
  • Note progress against the timeline and advise on implementation issues as identified by the Steering Group.
  • Make recommendations to Academic Board on courses and course-related policies.
AQF Implementation Steering Group
  • Facilitate and foster acceptance of the revised AQF and (via Chair) report on progress, activities and issues to high level committees as required.
  • Coordinate AQF implementation activities and ensure communication of requirements to all stakeholders.
  • Identify and make recommendations on AQF compliance issues.
  • Monitor and report progress to the UEC and other forums as required.
Faculty Deans Ensure all award courses offered in their faculty are AQF compliant by March 2014 for undergraduate courses and by July 2014 for postgraduate courses.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Students & Partners) Monitor post-2014 impact of all developments and ensure arrangements with international partners (MoAs and MoUs) from 2012, including transnational programs, articulation and credit transfer agreements and other activities comply with AQF requirements.
Director, Teaching and Learning
  • Manage review and revision as required of all policies relating to academic coursework matters to align with AQF.
  • Provide support to the AQF Implementation Steering Group.
  • Provide guidance to faculties on policy matters and AQF compliance criteria.
  • Work with faculties to identify and address non-compliant aspects of individual courses.
  • Ensure courses are AQF compliant through the course reaccreditation process, in accordance with arrangements endorsed by Academic Board.
  • Ensure all course developments comply with the AQF and this Implementation Plan.
Director, Marketing & Communications
  • Advise PVC (IMP) on relevant responsibilities above.
  • Ensure all promotional materials and marketing activities for post-2014 admissions relate to AQF compliant courses only.
Director, Student Administration
  • Review Student Administration activities and responsibilities to ensure AQF compliance (for example, review the impact of the AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy and the AQF Qualifications Register Policy).
  • Monitor and manage admissions and advance offers to post-2014 period to ensure compliance with AQF.
Director, Teaching & Learning Centre Provide advice on course and curriculum design, unit-to-course mapping and relevant educational issues to ensure overall learning outcomes comply with AQF specifications.
National standards, policy and legislation on which this plan is based are:
  • Australian Qualifications Framework Second Edition January 2013
  • Commonwealth of Australia Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
  • Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 (including Amendment No. 1, Feb 2013)
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