Submission to the review of the Australian qualifications framework

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On 15 March 2019, MCA made a submission to the review of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

The minerals industry advocates for the modernisation of vocational education and training (VET) and higher education-level courses, content and delivery to provide knowledge and skills needed in the redesigned workplaces of the future.  In order for this to be achieved, Australia requires a robust, responsive and fit-for-purpose qualifications framework.

While the AQF is widely used by people who develop, issue and accredit qualifications, as well as professional bodies, industry, unions, licensing authorities and governments – in its current composition, the framework is outdated and misaligned.

The MCA recommends that the reimagined framework needs to:

  • Reflect contemporary and evolving understanding of skills needs, learning styles and the changing nature of work
  • Be flexible, responsive and accessible to learners and employers/ industry
  • Promote and facilitate lifelong learning, mixed-modes of teaching delivery and use of new technologies and learning platforms
  • Reduce duplication or efforts for learners, employers and administrators.  

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