NCVER conducts and commissions research into Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector. The aim of the research is to contribute to improvement in VET policy and practice for a range of government, training and industry organisations. The research program is guided by a set of research principles.

With a library of over 70,000 publications we have comprehensive and unique insights into the Australian VET sector. See VOCEDplus, NCVER's international tertiary education research database for more information.

NVETR Program

The National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) Program

NCVER, on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, co-ordinates and manages the National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) program.

The NVETR program may periodically provide funding for research aimed to inform policy and practice in the vocational education and training sector. Direction for this research program is guided by a national skills senior officials working group. See the national research priorities and the funding opportunities pages for more information.

Projects underway can be found via the current research page.


For all enquiries regarding the NVETR program please contact:

Dr Genevieve Knight
Manager, National Research branch

In-house research

NCVER undertakes its own research aimed at informing VET policy and practice.

Information about projects currently underway is available on the current research page.

For all enquiries about NCVER's in-house research program please contact:

Michelle Circelli
Team Leader, Research, National Research branch


Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY)

The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) is a research program that tracks young people as they move from school to post-school destinations. It is managed and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education.

On 1 July 2007, NCVER was awarded the contract to provide analytical and reporting services for LSAY to 2010. On 30 June 2010, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) was re-contracted to provide these same services for another three years. Subsequent contract extensions have been agreed to for June 2013 to June 2015, July 2015 to June 2019 and July 2019 to December 2021.

Further information about LSAY is available from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth website.

Consultancy services

Through its consultancy arm, NCVER provides professional research and evaluation services to Australian and international clients. NCVER consults in areas ranging from the training needs of diverse groups, analysis of industry skill requirements, program evaluations and research into a range of national training policy and practice issues. Our focus is on projects that are:

  • strategic and of national significance
  • serving a greater public interest
  • focused on areas where NCVER has a competitive advantage
  • completed within reasonable timelines
  • intellectually or methodologically sound
  • conducted through negotiated stakeholder management.

More information on our consultancy services is available.

For all enquiries about our consultancy services please contact:

Phone: +61 8 8230 8400