Improved employment outcomes for onshore international students

Media release

2 May 2024

The latest report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows that international students continue to experience improved employment outcomes after completing a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in Australia.

The report, International onshore VET qualification completer outcomes 2023, shows that 76.6% of international onshore qualification completers had an improved employment status after training, an increase of 3.6 percentage points from 2022.

Of the 82.8% of international onshore qualification completers who were employed in Australia after training, 46.9% were employed full-time, a 10.2 percentage point increase from 2022.

NCVER Managing Director Simon Walker explains, ‘The positive employment outcomes may reflect the strong labour market in Australia as well as the Australian Government’s decision to lessen restrictions on student visa holders’ working hours in January 2022 in response to workforce shortages.’

International onshore qualification completers’ satisfaction with training also increased. The proportion of those satisfied with their training overall rose by 1.6 percentage points to 88.8%.

‘After an uncertain period for international students during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a significant increase in new international onshore VET students between 2021 and 2022. The survey findings show that these students are becoming increasingly satisfied with training in Australia overall which has been gradually increasing since 2020’, said Mr Walker.


This publication provides a summary of the outcomes of international students who completed a nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification in Australia during 2022 using data collected in mid-2023. These students were surveyed as an additional component to the 2023 National Student Outcomes Survey. Survey invitations were sent to 58 836 qualification completers and of these 13 594 responded to the survey, resulting in a response rate of 23.1%.

Download the report: International onshore VET qualification completer outcomes 2023

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About NCVER: we are the main provider of research, statistics and data on Australia’s VET sector. Our services help promote better understanding of VET and assist policy makers, practitioners, industry, training providers, and students to make informed decisions.

This work has been produced by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Government Department of Education.