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.
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)
- Financial information (National VET Financial 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).
Financial information is sourced from financial statements and notes submitted by the Australian, state and territory government departments responsible for VET reporting.
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.
This collection provides a summary of the training activity of all apprentices and trainees employed under a training contract.
This collection provides data for vocational education and training (VET) undertaken by school students as part of their secondary certificate (SSCE), where the training is nationally recognised and delivered by schools or other training providers.
Data from this collection also feed into the USI transcript service.
The National VET Provider Collection is the data source for the following publications:
The collection provides a summary of Australia’s VET system (delivered via both public and private providers) including students, participation, courses and qualifications.
This annual collection provides financial information about Australia’s public VET system, including data on financial performance and use of public funds.
This annual national survey gathers information on students’ reasons for undertaking training, employment outcomes, further study patterns, satisfaction with the training, and reasons for discontinuing with the training (where applicable).
This biennial survey of approximately 9000 Australian businesses investigates how well employers’ are engaging with the VET system and how well it is meeting their needs, to help ensure the system remains effective.
The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) program has surveyed more than 60 000 young people over 20 years, from their mid-teens to their mid-20s, as they move from school to work, further study and other destinations.
Data collection dates in 2018
|*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 2018
|Week beginning||Data product/ publication|
|5 February||Young people in education and training 2016|
Government-funded students and courses Jan-Sept 2017
|12 February||Apprentices and trainees Estimate Review Dashboard|
|26 February||Technical paper: Student Outcomes Survey: Self-Reported Graduate Model Review|
|12 March||Apprentices and trainees September Quarter 2017|
|14 May||Technical paper: TVA Program completion rates 2015|
|4 June||Apprentices and trainees December Quarter 2017|
|2 July||Government-funded students and courses 2017|
Historical time-series of government-funded VET in Australia
Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2017
|30 July||Total VET students and courses 2017|
|6 August||Government-funded students and courses Jan-Mar 2018|
|13 August||VET in Schools 2017|
VET program completion rates 2016
|3 September||Apprentices and trainees March Quarter 2018|
|24 September||Financial Information 2017|
|22 October||Government-funded students and courses Jan-Jun 2018|
|19 November||Young people in education and training 2017 (including VET in Schools data)|
|26 November||VET student outcomes 2018|
|3 December||Apprentices and trainees June Quarter 2018|
Historical time-series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963
|January 2019||Government-funded students and courses Jan-Sept 2018|
Data products and services
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Accessing VET data
For further information, refer to our accessing VET data page.