NCVER conducts research into Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector. The aim of the research is to inform and influence national vocational education and training (VET) policy and practice for Australian governments, training providers, industry organisations and other peak bodies.

With a library providing access to over 80,000 publications we have comprehensive and unique insights into the Australian VET sector. See VOCEDplus, NCVER's international tertiary education research database for more information.

NCVER's research program is guided by a set of research principles.

Our research

NCVER, on behalf of Commonwealth, state and territory governments, conducts research aimed at informing policy and practice in the VET sector. Direction for this research program is guided through consultation with the Skills Senior Officials Network (SSON) and other key sector stakeholders. See the national research priorities for more information.

Projects underway can be found via the current research page.


For all enquiries regarding our research program please contact


Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY)

The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) is a research program that tracks young people as they move from school to post-school destinations. It is managed and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education.

On 1 July 2007, NCVER was awarded the contract to provide analytical and reporting services for LSAY to 2010. On 30 June 2010, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) was re-contracted to provide these same services for another three years. Subsequent contract extensions have been agreed to for June 2013 to June 2015, July 2015 to June 2019 and July 2019 to December 2021.

Further information about LSAY is available from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth website.

Consultancy services

Through its consultancy arm, NCVER provides a professional research and analysis consultancy service across Australia and internationally for a wide range of clients. NCVER consults in areas ranging from the training needs of diverse groups, analysis of industry skill requirements, program evaluations and research into a range of national training policy and practice issues. Our focus is on projects that are:

  • strategic and of national significance
  • serving a greater public interest
  • focused on areas where NCVER has a competitive advantage
  • completed within reasonable timelines
  • intellectually or methodologically sound
  • conducted through negotiated stakeholder management.

More information on our consultancy services is available.

For all enquiries about our consultancy services please contact:

Phil Loveder

Executive Manager, Inform and Engage

Phone: +61 8 8230 8665