Total VET students and courses

NCVER Collection


From 2018, all non-nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) has been excluded from total VET activity scope, so that Total VET students and courses now only reports on students who undertook nationally recognised VET on a government funded or fee-for-service basis. Nationally recognised training is listed on the National Training Register ( and includes:

  • nationally recognised programs that are associated with one or more clusters of subjects. These include; training package qualifications and skill sets, accredited qualifications, and accredited courses that lead to a statement of attainment
  • nationally recognised subjects delivered stand-alone or as part of a non-nationally recognised program
  • nationally recognised VET delivered by Australian RTOs to students in both onshore (Australia) and offshore locations.

Excluded from scope from 2018 is non-nationally recognised training which is not listed on and includes:

  • locally developed programs and skill sets constructed by training providers, industry, enterprise, community education or professional bodies to meet an identified training need
  • non-accredited subjects.

Non-registered training providers have also been excluded from scope from 2018.

The new scope has been backdated to 2015 in all NCVER resources.

For more information including a summary comparison of activity under the old and new scope refer to the fact sheet, What are nationally recognised training and non-nationally recognised training?

The data for Total VET students and courses are sourced from both the National VET Provider Collection and National VET in Schools Collection and are compiled under the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard, release 8.0 (AVETMISS).


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Revised 6 September 2019: Total VET students and courses data slicer.

Total VET S&C statistical report publicationTotal VET S&C data slicer

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Atlas of total VET data visualisationVET students by industry data visualisation

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Total VET activity fact sheetsTerms & definitionsAbout our data including data release dates

Superseded publications

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