The Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) provides information on a student’s higher education qualification, the institution at which the qualification was obtained and the Australian higher education system in one easy to read document.
Guidelines for the presentation of an AHEGS were developed in consultation with the higher education sector to provide information for institutions intending to implement the AHEGS. These guidelines define the principles of the AHEGS in terms of its purpose, relationship to other documentation, content and style, issuing and authentication.
- Guidelines for the presentation of Australian Higher Education Graduation Statements-updated January 2013 [PDF 198KB | DOCX 580KB]
It is recommended that these guidelines be read in conjunction with the Proposal for an Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement – Final Report. Pages 10 and 11 of the proposal outline the Guiding Principles for the AHEGS. It is essential that these Guiding Principles are followed when developing the AHEGS.
Updating the AHEGS
In Octobert 2011, the Department revised the AHEGS to reflect changes to the Australian higher education system.
Section 5 of the AHEGS - Description of the Australian Higher Education System - has been revised in January 2013 to reflect changes to the AQF.
Revisions on all AHEGS should be issued by 31 December 2013. If this deadline is not possible, then the ultimate deadline becomes 31 December 2014. Please inform the Department through the AHEGS@innovation.gov.au inbox if this applies for your institution.
All institutions will be required to provide the Department with a draft of their updated AHEGS before issuing it to graduating students.
Important Information for Private Providers
Please contact the Department at AHEGS@innovation.gov.au prior to implementing the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement. Use of the words and logo is licensed to the Department and you must enter into a licence deed prior to issuing Statements. The licensing process is free of charge.
History of the AHEGS
In 2007 a consortium of universities was commissioned to develop a single agreed template for an Australian version of the European Diploma Supplement. The consortium represented 14 universities and in May 2008 delivered a proposal for the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement. Key recommendations from the report were that the Graduation Statement be provided without cost to all higher education graduates and that implementation of the AHEGS in Australian universities be on a voluntary basis commencing as soon as possible.
On 4 September 2008 the then Minister for Education, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, announced that the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement would be introduced "...to make Australian qualifications recognised and renowned throughout the world”. The Australian Government committed $3.7 million to assist publicly funded universities to implement the Graduation Statement. Australian universities were invited by the Australian Government to apply for grants of $100,000 to assist in the implementation of the Graduation Statement.
- Proposal for an Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement - Final Report [PDF 1.5MB]
- Proposal for an Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement - Commissioned Studies [PDF 2.9MB]
Frequently Asked Questions
The Frequently Asked Questions document is regularly reviewed.
If you should require Rich Text File versions of any of the above documents, please contact the Department via the AHEGS mailbox.