Appendix 1: Glossary of terms

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Professional Accreditation Guidelines Australia and New Zealand


Advanced standing

A form of credit for any previous learning.


The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is Australia’s national system of qualifications encompassing all post-compulsory education.


Physical site of program delivery, operating under the full resolution of the higher education provider’s governing body.

Core curriculum

Subjects covering the required competency areas required by the Professional Bodies.

Distance education

Generally a program delivery mode that is heavily based on distance education materials, with minimal or no student contact hours. Some higher education providers may supplement the learning materials with tutorials or workshops.

Higher Education Program (Program)

A bachelor degree or postgraduate award defined as higher education in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) or New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) (or overseas equivalent).

Higher Education Provider (Provider)

A body that is recognised by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) in Australia or the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to issue qualifications in the higher education sector. This body may be a university, a self-accrediting or non-self-accrediting institution.


International Education Standards (IES) address the principles of learning and development for professional accountants.


The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) is the global organisation for the accounting professional dedicated to strengthening the profession in the public interest. IFAC contributes to the development of high quality standards and guidance and facilitates their adoption.


The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is responsible for the quality assurance of non-university tertiary training providers in New Zealand.


The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) is the definitive source of accurate and current information on quality assured qualifications in New Zealand.

Professional Bodies

Term which refers to both CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Chartered Accountants ANZ)

Schools of Accounting

Accounting programs in Australia and New Zealand exist in several different formats such as being run directly by faculties, schools or departments. In the interest of uniformity, all are referred to in these guidelines as “Schools of Accounting” irrespective of differences that may exist within individual higher education providers’ organisational structures.


Specific subject or unit of study within a higher education program.


The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector.

Twinning program

An arrangement by a higher education provider where students undertake studies with two educational providers, (either in Australia, New Zealand or overseas); expressly designed to lead to the completion of an agreed higher education award.