VET statistics explained

24 February 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 2017

Data release dates in 2017



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

Data are released annually and quarterly.


This annual collection offers information about students undertaking VET as part of their secondary school certificate.

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 the VET system meets employers’ needs to help ensure the system remains effective.



The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) program has surveyed more than 50 000 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 2017

*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 2017

Week beginning Data product/ publication
13 MarchApprentices and trainees September Quarter 2016
5 JuneApprentices and trainees December Quarter 2016
10 JulyGovernment-funded students and courses 2016
Historical time-series of government-funded VET in Australia
31 JulyGovernment-funded students and courses Jan-Mar 2017
Apprentices and trainees Annual 2016
Apprentices and trainees Completion and Attrition Rates 2016
21 AugustTotal VET students and courses 2016
28 AugustVET in Schools 2016
VET program completion rates 2010-2015
4 SeptemberApprentices and trainees March Quarter 2017
23 OctoberEmployers' use and views of the VET system 2017
30 OctoberGovernment-funded students and courses Jan-Jun 2017
6 NovemberCounting students in Total VET students and courses
20 NovemberVET student outcomes 2017 (including Government-funded student outcomes)
27 NovemberFinancial Information 2016
4 DecemberApprentices and trainees June Quarter 2017
Historical time-series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963
5 February 2018Young people in education and training 2016 (including VET in Schools data)
5 February 2018Government-funded students and courses Jan-Sept 2017

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Accessing NCVER data

Data policies

The use of NCVER data is governed by the National VET Data Policy and relevant policies including NCVER's privacy policy, services and charging policy, and access to CURFS (confidentialised unit record files).

If you require assistance to access NCVER data, please contact us using one of the email addresses below.

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Apprentices and Trainees                                                         
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VET in Schools
VET finance
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Employers’ Use and Views of the VET System