VET statistics explained

16 January 2017


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)
  • 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.

Data collection dates in 2018

Data release dates in 2018




This collection provides a summary of the training activity of all apprentices and trainees employed under a training contract.

Data are released quarterly.


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:

  • Total VET students and courses.
  • Government-funded students and courses.

The collection provides a summary of Australia’s VET system (delivered via both public and private providers) including students, participation, courses and qualifications.

Data from this collection supply the training information for the Unique Student Identifier (USI) transcript service.

Data are collected annually for all training activity and quarterly for government-funded training.


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).

The National VET Provider Collection provides the sample base for this survey.


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.

This comprehensive dataset is an important evidence base for youth policy and research, providing an understanding of young people’s key transitions and pathways.

A number of LSAY data products and datasets are available at:


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 FebruaryYoung people in education and training 2016
Government-funded students and courses Jan-Sept 2017
12 FebruaryApprentices and trainees Estimate Review Dashboard
26 FebruaryTechnical paper: Student Outcomes Survey: Self-Reported Graduate Model Review
12 MarchApprentices and trainees September Quarter 2017
14 MayTechnical paper: TVA Program completion rates 2015
4 JuneApprentices and trainees December Quarter 2017
2 JulyGovernment-funded students and courses 2017
Historical time-series of government-funded VET in Australia
Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2017
30 JulyTotal VET students and courses 2017
6 AugustGovernment-funded students and courses Jan-Mar 2018
13 AugustVET in Schools 2017
VET program completion rates 2016
3 SeptemberApprentices and trainees March Quarter 2018
24 SeptemberFinancial Information 2017
22 OctoberGovernment-funded students and courses Jan-Jun 2018
19 NovemberYoung people in education and training 2017 (including VET in Schools data)
26 NovemberVET student outcomes 2018
3 DecemberApprentices and trainees June Quarter 2018
Historical time-series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963
January 2019Government-funded students and courses Jan-Sept 2018

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Accessing VET data

For further information, refer to our accessing VET data page.