NCVER collects data about the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector through a number of statistical collections and surveys.

All collections meet the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS) and use the AVETMISS Validation Software to ensure consistent quality of data.

As well as regular statistical reports, we release a range of tools to enable users to choose how and what data they would like to view. These include:

  • Representing data through graphic tools such as infographics and data visualisations
  • VOCSTATS – a product that enables users to construct their own tables via an interactive web interface, using data from various NCVER collections

NCVER can also provide customised data and statistics. See our services and charges page for more information on how we can assist you.

About VET data

VET statistics explained provides a summary of the Australian vocational education and training (VET) statistical collections and surveys and the purpose they serve for the Australian VET system. It covers the structure of the statistical collections and surveys, what each collection is, how they are compiled and what data is collected.

An accompanying page gives an overview of the statistical standard (AVETMISS) used to ensure the quality of data.

Both pages would be of interest to those with some understanding of the Australian VET system but who are seeking to further understand what is available in the Australian VET statistical collections and where to go to find specific information.

Data release dates in 2020

Listed below are the planned release dates for our statistical products this year.

Week beginning Data product / publication
3 February Government-funded students and courses: January to September 2019
16 March Apprentices and trainees: September Quarter 2019
27 AprilInternational onshore VET graduate outcomes 2019
8 June Apprentices and trainees: December Quarter 2019
20 JulyCompletion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2019
3 AugustVET in Schools 2019
17 AugustTotal VET students and courses 2019
Government-funded students and courses 2019
Historical time-series of government-funded VET in Australia
14 September Apprentices and trainees: March Quarter 2020
Government-funded students and courses: January to March 2020
23 NovemberGovernment-funded students and courses: January to June 2020
30 NovemberVET qualification completion rates 2018
14 DecemberGovernment funding of VET 2019
Apprentices and trainees: June Quarter 2020
Historical time-series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963
18 January 2021VET student outcomes 2020

Data policies


More information about accessing VET data is available.

Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

The National VET Data Policy brings together requirements for collecting nationally consistent data about VET activity and processes, and for using data in statistical collections and national surveys.

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