National research priorities

15 January 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


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


The dynamics of qualifications: implications for VET Lisel O'Dwyer & Ian White

Are skill sets booming? An analysis of training package skill sets John Stanwick & Gitta Siekmann

Online delivery of VET qualifications: current use and outcomes Tabatha Griffin & Mandy Mihelic

Completion rates for group training organisations and direct employers: how do they compare? Lisel O'Dwyer & Patrick Korbel

Do course durations matter to training quality and outcomes? Josie Misko & Patrick Korbel

School-to-work pathways Rasika Ranasinghe, Emerick Chew, Genevieve Knight & Gitta Siekmann

Skilling the Australian workforce for the digital economy Victor Gekara, Darryn Snell, Alemayehu Molla, Stan Karanasios & Amanda Thomas

The role and function of small VET providers Patrick Korbel & Kristen Osborne

VET for secondary school students: acquiring an array of technical and non-technical skills Josie Misko, Maree Ackehurst, Rose-Anne Polvere, Tania Erzinger & Patrick Korbel

Higher apprenticeships in Australia: what are we talking about? NCVER

Research Messages

Annual compilations of publicly released research produced by NCVER: