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The QCAA’s legislation states that a person is not eligible for the issue of a QCE if they have previously been issued with, or have become eligible for the issue of, an equivalent qualification. This does not include the International Baccalaureate diploma completed at an assessing school. 

Equivalent interstate and overseas qualifications include:

Australian QCE-equivalent qualifications

State QCE-equivalent qualification
Australian Capital Territory ACT Senior Secondary Certificate (ACT SSC)
New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
South Australia South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmania Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Victoria Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Western Australia Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE)

Overseas QCE-equivalent qualifications

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Country QCE-equivalent qualification
A - E
Armenia
  • Svidetel'stvo Srednem Obrazovanii
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly
  • Attestat Zrelosti (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Austria
  • Reifeprüfungszeugnis or Matura (Maturity Certificate)
Azerbaijan
  • Svidetel'stvo Srednem Obrazovanii
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly
  • Attestat Zrelosti (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Bangladesh
  • Higher Secondary Certificate
Belarus
  • Svidetel'stvo Srednem Obrazovanii
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly
  • Attestat Zrelosti (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Belgium
  • Certificat d'enseignment secondaire supérieur/Getuigschrift van hoger secundair onderwijs
Bhutan
  • Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate
Bolivia
  • Bachiller en Humanidades
Bosnia and Herzegovnia
  • Maturska Svjedodzba (Secondary School leaving Diploma)
Brunei
  • Brunei/Cambridge A levels
Bulgaria
  • Diploma za Zav[a]rsheno Sredno Obrazovanie (DZSO)
Canada
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • North West Territories Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • Nunavut Senior Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • British Columbia Certificate of Graduation or "Dogwood Diploma"
  • Yukon Secondary School Education Certificate
  • Manitoba Graduation Diploma
  • Grade 12 Standing (Saskachewan)
  • General High School Graduation Diploma (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • New Brunswick High School Diploma/Diplôme de fin d’études secondaires
  • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
  • Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Prince Edward Island)
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Secondary School Diploma/Diplôme d’Etudes Secondaires (Quebec)
China (Peoples Republic)
  • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
Cook Islands
  • Higher School Certificate
Croatia
  • Maturalna Svjedodzba
Czech Republic
  • Vysvedcení o Maturitní Zkoušce (Maturita)
Denmark
  • Bevis for Studentereksamen (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Egypt
  • Certificate of General Secondary Education (Thanawiyya Al’aama)
England
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE – A Levels)
Estonia
  • Svidetel'stvo Srednem Obrazovanii
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly
  • Attestat Zrelosti (Certificate of Secondary Education)
  • Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus

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F - K
Fiji
  • Fiji 7th form certificate
  • Fiji School Leaving Certificate
Finland
  • Lukionpaastotodistus
  • Ylioppilastutkintotodistus (Certificate of Matriculation)
France
  • Baccalauréat Général
  • Baccalauréat Technologique
  • Baccalauréat de L'Enseignement du Second Degré
  • Diplôme de Bachelier de L'Enseignement du Second Degré
  • Baccalauréat de Technicien
Georgia
  • Svidetel'stvo Srednem Obrazovanii
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly
  • Attestat Zrelosti (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Germany
  • Abitur
  • Fachhochschulreife
  • Zeugnis der Allgemeine Hochschulreife (also known as Reifezeugnis)
Ghana
  • West African Higher School Certificate
Greece
  • Apolytirio(n) Lykeiou (Leaving Certificate)
Hong Kong
  • HKALE / Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
Hungary
  • Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany (Gymnasium Maturity Certificate)
  • Szakkozepiskolai Erettsegi-Kepisto Bizonyitvany (Technical Secondary School Maturity Certificate)
Iceland
  • Stúdentspróf (from Gymnasium)
Ireland
  • Leaving Certificate (Southern Ireland)
  • General Certificate of Education (A Levels) (Northern Ireland)
Italy
  • Diploma di Superamento dell’Esame di Stato conclusivo dei Corsi di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore aka Diploma di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) / Diploma di Maturita (Diploma of Matriculation)
India
  • All India Senior School Certificate (Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE))
  • Indian School Certificate (ISC) (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE))
  • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
  • Intermediate Certificate
  • Pre-University Certificate
Iran
  • Pre-University Certificate
Japan
  • Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho Upper Secondary School Certificate of Graduation
Kazakhstan
  • Svidetel'stvo Srednem Obrazovanii
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly
  • Attestat Zrelosti (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Kiribati
  • 7th Form or 1st Yr - Uni of South Pacific
Korea, Republic of (South)
  • Immumgye Kodung Hakkyo Choeupchang (General High School Diploma)
Kosovo
  • Diploma o završenoj srednjoj školi/Matura
Kyrgyzstan
  • Svidetel'stvo Srednem Obrazovanii
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly
  • Attestat Zrelosti (Certificate of Secondary Education)

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L - R
Latvia
  • Svidetel'stvo Srednem Obrazovanii
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly
  • Attestat Zrelosti (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Lebanon
  • Baccalauréat Libanais
  • Baccalauréat Technique
  • Baccalauréat I & II
  • Baccalauréat Technique I & II
Lithuania
  • Svidetel'stvo Srednem Obrazovanii
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly
  • Attestat Zrelosti (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Macau
  • Senior Secondary School Diploma / Ensino Secundário Complementar
Macedonia, FYR
  • Svidetelstvo za polo en maturski ispit
Malaysia
  • Sijil Tinggi Pelarajan Malaysia
  • Malaysian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education
Malta
  • General Certificate of Education Advanced level (GCE)
Mauritius
  • Cambridge Overseas High School Certificate (GCE – A Levels)
Moldova
  • Svidetel'stvo Srednem Obrazovanii
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly
  • Attestat Zrelosti (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Montenegro
  • Diploma o Završenok Srednjoj Školi / Matura
Netherlands
  • Diploma staatsexamen Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (Diploma VWO)
  • Diploma staatsexamen Hoger Algameen Voortgezet Onderwijs (Diploma HAVO)
New Zealand
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NZ-NCEA) Level 3
Nigeria
  • Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE)
Northern Ireland
  • General Certificate of Education (A Levels)
Norway
  • Vitnemal: den Videregaende Skolen (Certificate from upper secondary school)
Pakistan
  • Secondary School Certificate (Matric/SSC)
Palestinian National Authority
  • Tawjihi
Papua New Guinea
  • ACT Year 12 Certificate (ACT Senior Secondary Certificate)
Poland
  • A Matura/Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (Certificate of Matriculation of the General Lyceum)
Portugal
  • Certificado de Fim de Estudios Secundarios
  • Diploma de 12 Ano de Escolaridad
Romania
  • Diploma de Bacalaureat
  • Diploma de Maturitate
Russian Federation
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly (Certificate of Secondary Complete General Education)

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S - Z
Samoa
  • Form 7 or University of the South Pacific Foundation Year
Scotland
  • Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE)
Serbia
  • Secondary School leaving Diploma / Matura
Singapore
  • Singapore-Cambridge A Levels
Slovak Republic
  • Maturitni Vysvedceni/Maturitnej Vysvedcenie (Matriculation Certificate)
Slovenia
  • Matura, Spričevalo o poklicni mature
Solomon Islands
  • University of the South Pacific Foundation Year
South Africa
  • National Senior Certificate
Southern Ireland
  • Leaving Certificate
Spain
  • Titulo de Bachiller
  • Curso de Orientacion Universitaria
Sri Lanka
  • General Certificate of Education Advanced Level
Sweden
  • Slutbetyg
  • Avgangsbetyg (Matriculation Certificate)
  • Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskola
Switzerland
  • Federal Maturity Certificate/ Maturitätszeugnis
  • Certificat de Maturité/ Attestato di Maturità
  • Cantonal Maturity Certificate
Taiwan
  • Senior High School Diploma
Tanzania
  • Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education
Thailand
  • Certificate of Secondary Education / Matayom 6
Tonga
  • Tonga National Form Seven Certificate + Pacific Senior Certificate
Turkey
  • Lise Diploması or Devlet Meslek Lisesi Diploması
Ukraine
  • Atestat pro Povnu Zagal’nu Sersdniu Osvitu (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education or Maturity Certificate)
USA
  • American High School Diploma
Uzbekistan
  • Svidetel'stvo Srednem Obrazovanii
  • Attestat ob okonchanii polnoj srednej shkoly
  • Attestat Zrelosti (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Vietnam
  • Upper Secondary Education Graduation Diploma. Bang tot nghiep Pho thong Trung hoc. The International Baccalaureate program is also offered.
Wales
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE – A levels)
Zimbabwe
  • General Certificate of Education Advanced Level
  • Cambridge Higher School Certificate

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Determining equivalence of overseas qualifications

In making a decision about whether a qualification issued in a foreign country is equivalent to the QCE , the QCAA will consider the information regarding equivalence available from at least two reference sources:

  • UK NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) — the national agency, managed on behalf of the UK Government, which is responsible for providing information and expert opinion on vocational, academic and professional skills and qualifications from over 180 countries worldwide
  • AEI-NOOSR (Australian Education International – National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition) — the Australian Government authority on the recognition of overseas qualifications in Australia. AEI-NOOSR is part of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). It is responsible for providing advice on issues relating to recognition of overseas qualifications, and also provides Country Education Profiles (CEPs).

In addition, the QCAA will:

  • consider the comparability of the structure and certification of a foreign education system’s pre-tertiary senior secondary schooling to the structure and certification of the education system in Queensland (i.e. 13 years of schooling, Preparatory to Year 12, including two years of senior secondary education, and studies for certification (QCE) are predominately undertaken in the senior secondary years, Years 11 and 12)
  • periodically review, at least annually, how other Australian states and territories respond to transfer applications for their senior secondary certificate of education.

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