Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement

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Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement


What is AHEGS?

The Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) is a Commonwealth initiative, developed by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) with the support of the university sector and key stakeholders.


  • has been introduced to make Australian qualifications more portable and their value more transparent
  • describes the nature, level, context and status of the studies that were completed by graduates
  • comprises information about the:
    • award
    • institution
    • graduate’s academic achievements, and
    • Australian higher education system.

DEEWR developed nationally agreed guidelines to ensure the AHEGS is presented in a consistent format by all higher education institutions. This will assist all graduates from Australian higher education institutions when seeking employment or further study opportunities in Australia or overseas.


From the September 2011 graduation ceremony, students of USC who completed program requirements on or after 1 July 2011 will be issued with a complimentary AHEGS, in addition to their testamur and official academic record.

To minimise the possibility of forgery and misrepresentation, security elements includes a line of microprinting which reads ‘University of the Sunshine Coast’ under magnification, which will not be readable on a copy.

Download an example of the USC AHEGS (PDF 1.4MB) *

Information for Employers and other Higher Education Institutions

As the AHEGS are issued to all new graduates from Australian universities, prospective employers and other higher education institutions may receive an AHEGS as part of their application or recruitment processes.

Previously employers, professional associations or other higher education institutions only had access to a graduate’s testamur or academic record and the information often varied across universities. The AHEGS presents information relating to a graduate’s higher education qualification in an easily understandable way and allows anyone who has an interest in this information to compare graduates from any university in Australia.

Benefits of the AHEGS include:

  • enhanced information about the program such as professional experience opportunities and professional accreditation
  • enhanced information about broader aspects of graduates’ academic achievements such as overseas study undertaken and academically-related special achievements, recognition and prizes
  • general information about the awarding institution, and
  • description of the Australian higher education system.

How to request AHEGS reprint

Only graduates who completed program requirements from 1 July 2011 onwards are eligible to receive an AHEGS. If you are eligible, requests for reprinting can be made through USC Online Payments.

Allow at least five working days from the time of submission of the application for the processing of your request. At times of peak demand delays may occur.

More information

For more information about AHEGS, search for AHEGS in askUSC.

If you have any further AHEGS enquiries, please contact Student Central.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

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