About our research

20 June 2016

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NCVER conducts and commissions research into Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector. The aim of the research is to contribute to improvement in VET policy and practice for a range of government, training and industry organisations.

With a library of over 70,000 publications we have comprehensive and unique insights into the Australian VET sector. See VOCEDplus, NCVER's international tertiary education research database for more information.

NVETR Program

The National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) Program

NCVER, on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, co-ordinates and manages the National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) program.

The NVETR program periodically provides funding for research aimed to inform policy and practice in the vocational education and training sector. Direction for this research program is guided by the national research priorities for tertiary education and training.

Information about funding rounds is available under funding opportunities.

Projects currently underway can be found in the NCVER research prospectus or via the work in progress page.

A report on the NVETR program over the 2009 - 2012 contract period is available.


For all enquiries regarding the NVETR program please contact:

Jo Hargreaves
Team Leader, Research Program Management, Research Operations branch
Email: jo.hargreaves@ncver.edu.au

In-house research

NCVER undertakes its own research aimed at informing VET policy and practice.

Information about projects currently underway is available in the NCVER research prospectus or via the work in progress page.

For all enquiries about NCVER's in-house research program please contact:

Michelle Circelli
Team Leader, Research, Research Operations branch
Email: michelle.circelli@ncver.edu.au


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 extensions to the contract were agreed for the periods between July 2013 and June 2015. In June 2015, the contract was extended further to cover the four year period from July 2015 to June 2019.

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

Consultancy services

Through its consultancy arm, NCVER provides professional research and evaluation services to Australian and international 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:

Email: ncver@ncver.edu.au
Phone: +61 8 8230 8400