Australian government policy and nomenclature
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the Australian government policy that governs nomenclature and accreditation requirements for credentials. It ranges from the lowest level of vocational certificate to high school graduation, to diplomas and degrees and on up to doctoral level.
The AQF Advisory Board is accountable to the national ministerial council, which is the peak body throughout Australia for education and comprises the Ministers of Education from all states.
The Diploma and Advanced Diploma may be taught in both university and training sectors and are equivalent, although programs vary in length and complexity.
Persons with an Advanced Diploma may be considered qualified for admission to a graduate program. The Graduate Diploma is a graduate qualification, usually requiring either a Bachelor degree or an Advanced Diploma for admission.