About us

1 January 2017


The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is a not-for-profit company owned by the Commonwealth and state and territory ministers responsible for vocational education and training.

It is a professional and independent body responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and communicating research and statistics about vocational education and training (VET) nationally.

NCVER's vision is to inform and influence vocational education and training in Australia through credible, reliable and responsive research and statistical services.

Its mission is to be Australia's authoritative source of high-quality independent information on vocational education and training.

A board of nine directors, with experience across state, territory, and Commonwealth governments, industry, unions, and training authorities, manage NCVER.

NCVER's areas of activity:

  • Undertaking a strategic program of education and training research, including the management of national competitive grants programs and the analytical program of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), and collect and analyse national VET statistics and survey data.
  • Collecting and publishing research findings on VET and higher education from across the world through the VOCEDplus research database.
  • Disseminating the results of research and data analysis.
  • Building links with similar international organisations to foster comparative analysis and collaborate on issues of mutual interest.
  • Undertaking commercial consultancies.

NCVER provides research and statistical information to a wide range of stakeholders, including:

  • Ministers
  • Commonwealth and state and territory education and training authorities
  • Registered training organisations
  • VET practitioners and providers
  • Educational institutions
  • Australian businesses
  • Researchers
  • International agencies
  • Industry skills councils
  • Employer- and employee-based associations or organisations
  • Community organisations.

NCVER's corporate values are:

  • maintaining honesty, integrity and quality
  • being customer-focused and outward looking
  • driving innovation and continuous improvement
  • building strong and effective relationships
  • promoting collaboration and teamwork.

NCVER’s success is measured by:

  • the use, relevance and overall impact of its research and statistics
  • accessibility of its information
  • responsiveness to governments, the VET sector, industry and the community.

The following principles of practice guide NCVER's work:

  • Analysis will be transparent and replicable.
  • Methodology will follow sound statistical practice and be open to scrutiny.
  • Statistical and research results (excluding commercial consultancies) will be published provided that quality standards are met.
  • Release dates of publications will be available, and any embargo conditions will be clear.
  • Statistical and research results will be descriptive or test research questions and will avoid advocating a particular position.
  • NCVER data and library resources will be available to all groups and individuals equally, under the conditions spelled out in NCVER's policy for the provision of VET information.
  • Research and statistical data are archived to ensure their availability for future researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.
  • NCVER data will be secure and protected by current leading practice, with multiple layers of protection and encryption where necessary.

Strategic plan

NCVER's Strategic plan provides an overview of NCVER's strategic direction for 2014-16. It outlines our vision, describes the five strategic directions and offers information about NCVER.

Annual report

NCVER's Annual report documents important company information, activities, and achievements across financial years.

Getting to know NCVER

This publication provides a handy overview of NCVER's information resources and services.

Read more about NCVER in the Getting to know publication (431KB PDF)