Release type: Media Release


Undergraduate Certificates to continue as a higher education qualification


The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Acting Minister for Education and Youth

Undergraduate Certificates will continue to be available under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) for at least the next three and a half years.

Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Undergraduate Certificate is a recognisable six-month short course aimed at providing Australians more opportunities to reskill and upskill and be competitive in an evolving labour market. 

Acting Minister for Education and Youth, Stuart Robert welcomed the decision by state and territory government education and skills ministers to extend availability of the Undergraduate Certificate as an AQF qualification until 30 June 2025. 

‘The Morrison Government wants more Australians to upskill with a short course to have better opportunities to pursue their ambitions and contribute to our nation,’ Minister Robert said. 

‘The world is changing, and there has never been a more important time to learn new skills.
‘The higher education sector has stepped up to the challenge to develop and deliver high-quality short courses to ensure we can get the economy back on track following the effects of the pandemic, and Australians should take advantage of these fantastic offerings in all areas of study.’

The Undergraduate Certificate will be reviewed in 2024 to support consideration of its ongoing value as an AQF qualification. 

Further information on the Undergraduate Certificate is available on the AQF website: