VET statistics explained

15 June 2021


Australian vocational education and training (VET) statistics are drawn from VET administrative data collections and surveys and provide a comprehensive picture on the performance of the VET system. These statistics are underpinned by the AVETMIS Standards.

AVETMIS Standards

The Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standards (AVETMISS) offer a nationally consistent framework for the collection of VET data in Australia.

The AVETMIS Standards apply separately to collections of:

  • VET enrolment activity (National VET Provider Collection and National VET in Schools Collection)
  • Apprenticeship/traineeship training contract activity (National Apprentice and Trainee Collection)
  • Funding information (National VET Funding Data Collection)

Training providers submit data to the National VET Provider, National VET in Schools and National Apprentice and Trainee collections using the web-based AVETMISS Validation Software (AVS).

Funding information is sourced from the Australian, state and territory government departments responsible for VET (National VET Funding Data Collection - available once implementation phase complete)..

Data collections and surveys

NCVER manages four national collections covering different aspects of vocational education and training (VET) in Australia, as well as a range of national surveys.

Data collection dates in 2021

Data release dates in 2021

Data collection dates in 2021

Bar chart showing the data collection periods for each NCVER statistical collection. For example total vet activity period is January through to end of February.

*The survey of Employers’ use and views of the VET system is conducted every two years, falling on an odd year.

Data release dates in 2021

Listed below are the planned release dates for our statistical products this year.

Week beginning Data product / publication
18 JanuaryVET student outcomes 2020
8 MarchGovernment-funded students and courses: January to September 2020
29 March Apprentices and trainees: September Quarter 2020
26 AprilInternational onshore VET graduate outcomes 2020
28 June Apprentices and trainees: December Quarter 2020
12 JulyCompletion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2020
19 JulyVET in Schools 2020
Government-funded students and courses 2020
Historical time-series of government-funded VET in Australia
16 AugustTotal VET students and courses 2020
23 AugustGovernment-funded students and courses: January to March 2021
30 AugustVET qualification completion rates 2019
20 SeptemberApprentices and trainees: March Quarter 2021
Government funding of VET 2020
25 OctoberGovernment-funded students and courses: January to June 2021
13 DecemberVET student outcomes 2021
Apprentices and trainees: June Quarter 2021
Historical time-series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963
TBCSurvey of employers' use and views 2021

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Accessing VET data

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