National research priorities 2017 onwards

3 July 2017

Introduction and current themes

Under new arrangements from 2017 national research priorities and projects are determined through a Skills Senior Officials Network (SSON) Research Working Group (RWG). Members of the RWG include nominees from the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training and each jurisdiction, an Australian Industry and Skills Committee nominee, and NCVER.

Broadly, the overarching themes for 2017-2018 are:

    Structures and systems for skilling and learning

    • Examining the impact of policy, institutional, funding and market frameworks on the provision of education and training.


    The impact of vocational education and training

    • Ensuring individuals and employers get the highest return on investment in education and training.


    Teaching and learning

    • Understanding the needs of learners to ensure meaningful engagement with the education system and examining what works to ensure quality of outcomes across teaching and learning models, assessment and reporting.


Current themes and key areas of focus, with links to current research, are provided in the table below.

Research themes and focus for 2017-2018Current research projects
ThemesKey areas of focus 

Structures and systems for skilling and learning


Examining the impact of  policy, institutional, funding and market frameworks on  the provision of education and training.

  • Governance

  • Training markets

  • Funding models

  • Models of skill development

    • Qualification relevance and equivalence

    • Competency-based training, training packages and training products

  • Apprenticeships and traineeships

  • Work-based learning and sites of learning, employer use, and employer engagement with training

  • International systems for skilling and learning and comparisons with Australia

  • Compliance/regulation

  • Measuring success, impact and quality outcomes

  • Partnerships

  • Accredited and non-accredited training

What factors explain VET qualification completions


Analysis of high use Training Package qualifications across providers – diversity and performance


Identifying and developing skills in demand – an international comparison of occupational skills frameworks and their applications


Harmonisation within the VET system: an employers’ perspective [client report]


Compendium of VET reform policy initiatives


Higher Apprenticeships – opportunities and barriers


The impact of course duration on the quality and outcomes of VET

   

The impact of vocational education and training


Ensuring individuals and employers get the highest return on investment in education and training.

  • Economic and social outcomes

  • Future of employment

  • Labour markets

  • Learner diversity and trends

  • Social cohesion

  • Foundation skills

The flow of school students into and through the VET system - an initial synthesis to guide future work

   

Teaching and learning


Understanding the needs of learners to ensure meaningful engagement with the education system and examining what works to ensure quality of outcomes across teaching and learning models, assessment and reporting.

  • Aspirations and student choice

  • Outcomes

  • Pathways and transitions

  • VET workforce

  • Pedagogy

  • Assessment

  • Workplace learning
 

Input to research priorities and projects

Periodically NCVER may call for expressions of interest for research projects to be considered by the Research Working Group. Refer to the funding opportunities page on the NCVER portal.

2015-2016 research prospectus

Findings from research conducted

Over the period 2015 to 2016 a Research prospectus directed the implementation of a comprehensive research program under an organising framework of four areas of focus: Productivity, Participation and outcomes, Learning and teaching and The place and role of VET.

The Prospectus was developed following a thorough examination and gap analysis of research conducted under the previous set of Ministerially endorsed National Research Priorities 2011-2014, along with an environmental scan of the sector undertaken by NCVER and consultations and feedback with stakeholders and shareholders in the system.

A snapshot of the substantial array of projects completed and currently being finalised can be found here.