How to Join the Australian Access Federation



This guide will provide instructions on how to register a new Organisation with the Australian Access Federation which will gain you Membership and allow the creation of Identity Providers, Service Providers and Users to interconnect to a plethora of services nationally as well as internationally.


To become a part of the Australian Access Federation your organisation must meet a stringent set of criteria to make you eligible to join which include:

  • Education Institution
  • Non-Profit/Non-Governmental organisation
  • A value added, not institutional based service whilst still catering to the educational sector

Register your Organisation


For TESTING: Go to

There are several steps to getting your Service registered in the AAF and thus your service metadata included in metadata feed. While you must purchase and have an active subscription for any production services, the test federation is open to any organisation or service for testing purposes and has no ongoing fees or charges.


Step 1

Register your Organization in the Federation Registry

Select "Register New Organization" and follow the prompts.


Step 2

Wait for Organization to be approved.

You will receive several emails in this step, included will be

Notification of Approval of new organisation

Notification of creation of a new AAF VHO Account
(which you can use to admin the organization and service)

Invitation to become Admin of your VHO Section
(See: for details)


Step 3

Register your Service in the Federation Registry


For TESTING: Go to

Select "Register new Service Provider" and follow the prompts.


Step 4

Wait for the Service Provider to be approved.

Again you will receive an email in this step,

Notification of Approve of the new Service Provider. The email will include a link which you can follow to become the Service Provider administrator.


Step 5

Test your service.

Approximately 30 minutes after the Service Provider has been approved the SP Metadata will appear in the federation Metadata. It will take a little longer for the Metadata to be consumed by Identity providers, allow up to 24 hours for all IdPs to refresh their metadata.

You can use your AAF VHO account to perform initial testing of your service.

Step 6

Announcing you service to the AAF

The AAF can assist you announcing your service, or if you have specific customers you would want to notify them through your own channels.


Once all of the above requirements are fulfilled, you will be able to register and offer a multitude of services to your staff/students and various other third party participants within the federation adding significant value to the overall federation as a whole.


AAF Federations

AAF Federation Rules

AAF Usage Policy