National research priorities

29 July 2021

NCVER's research program

NCVER works directly with the Skills Senior Officials Network (SSON) and undertakes annual consultation with key stakeholders to determine national research priorities. Research projects that inform these priorities are developed by NCVER, endorsed by the SSON and conducted as part of NCVER's broader research program.

See our current research for projects that are underway.

Recently completed research


The impact of COVID-19 on industry innovation, skills and the need for training Lisel O'Dwyer

Begin with the end: RTO practices and views on independent validation of assessment Francesca Beddie

The stock of qualifications in Australia John Stanwick & Michelle Hall

An analysis of 'micro-credentials' in VET Bryan Palmer

Vocational qualification development: lessons from overseas Bridget Wibrow & Joanne Waugh

What VET can offer to COVID-19 youth unemployment recovery Joanne Waugh & Michelle Circelli

Industry’s role in VET governance: using international insights to inform new practices Gitta Siekmann & Michelle Circelli

Provision of foundation skills training by community education providers in regional Australia Lisel O'Dwyer & Mandy Mihelic


Work-based education in VET Kristen Osborne, Maree Ackehurst, Leesha Chan & Rose-Anne Polvere

Rationalising VET qualifications: selected international approaches Bridget Wibrow & Joanne Waugh

Traditional trade apprenticeships: experiences and outcomes Josie Misko, Michelle Circelli & Zhaoyi Gu

Traditional trade apprenticeships: training activity, employer incentives and international practice Josie Misko

Traditional trade apprenticeships: learnings from the field Josie Misko & Bridget Wibrow

VET for secondary school students: post-school employment and further training destinations Josie Misko, Emerick Chew & Patrick Korbel

Understanding the Australian vocational education and training workforce Genevieve Knight, Ian White & Pip Granfield

Initial and continuing VET in Australia: clarifying definitions and applications Michelle Circelli & John Stanwick

Teaching digital skills: implications for VET educators - good practice guide Michelle Circelli

Incorporating digital skills into VET delivery: good practice guide Bridget Wibrow

Exploring the recognition of prior learning in Australian VET Kristen Osborne & Cameron Serich

Research Messages

Research messages brings together:

  • Key findings from our program of research
  • Conferences, presentations, webinars and other NCVER research communications
  • Information resources collated by NCVER that help explain the VET system and its related policies
  • Submissions to parliamentary inquiries and public consultations

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