Established in 2009, the Australian Access Federation (AAF) is Australia’s leading identity broker, enabling access to online resources for the Education and Research sector. The AAF is a vital part of the Australian eResearch infrastructure landscape facilitating trusted electronic communications and collaboration between education and research institutions both locally and internationally.
The Federation, which is the product provided by the AAF is a combination of technology and policy which provides a trust framework. It provides subscribers with a national single sign-on that allows individuals across many different organisations to collaborate and access online resources within a trusted environment.
By logging in via the AAF, end users are able to access a variety of services including file transfer, data storage, compute, collaboration tools and portals, scientific instrumentation, administrative systems, scholarly resources and teaching, learning and research resources.
AAF lowers the costs and effort associated with federated identity management in each individual subscriber organisation. It also removes inter-organisational barriers to collaboration by enabling people to quickly and easily connect with electronic resources. Resource providers are also able to quickly and easily connect their services to over 1 million people connected to the AAF today.
Operating as a shared service, the growing AAF subscriber base encompasses many leading organisation in the research and education sector, these include:
- all Australian Universities
- CSIRO and other government research agencies as well as leading research support organisations
- organisations providing online products or services for teaching, learning and research.
The AAF was initiated by the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) in December 2008 to provide an Access Federation for organisations which undertake or support higher education and research in Australia. Since commencing operations, the AAF has established a functioning federation that provides a range of services to both identify providers (university and research organisations) and service providers (owners of data or information resources).
The AAF’s subscriber base consists of all Australian universities, CSIRO and a number of leading research support organisations. Some initial development funding was provided through an Australian Government grant and ongoing operations are funded through subscription fees.
AAF Vision & Mission
The AAF’s Vision is to lead access management for Australian education and research.
The AAF’s Mission is to support collaboration through effective access management.