Using NCVER data

28 November 2017


The collection, release and access to data are governed by the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Data Protocol. The VET Data Protocol governs access to National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) data holdings (national VET administrative collections and surveys) by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments, training providers, peak bodies, researchers and the general public.

National VET Data Policy

Following a Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy, which outlines the data collection and submission requirements for total VET activity, Skills Ministers have agreed to a revised National VET Data Policy (the Policy).

The Policy takes effect from 1 January 2018 with a six-month transition period until 1 July 2018.

NCVER policies

The policies specific to NCVER relating to privacy, data quality, data access and data resubmission are provided below:

Privacy policy

Data quality policy

Data quality principles

Services and charges

Data resubmission policy

Accessing unit record data

NCVER will, under strict terms and conditions, allow access to files of vocational education and training unit records. This includes, but is not limited to, unit record data from the Student Outcomes Survey, the Survey of Employers' Use and Views of the VET system and the VET Provider Collection. These files are confidentialised prior to being provided and are known as CURFs (confidentialised unit record files).

To gain access to a CURF an application is required to be completed. The application form can be downloaded from here.