About our data

24 February 2017

Picture of icons illustrating NCVER's 7 national data collections

NCVER collects data about the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector through a number of statistical collections and surveys.

All collections meet the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS) and use the AVETMISS Validation Software to ensure consistent quality of data.

As well as regular statistical reports, we release a range of tools to enable users to choose how and what data they would like to view. These include:

  • Representing data through graphic tools such as infographics and data visualisations
  • VOCSTATS – a product that enables users to construct their own tables via an interactive web interface, using data from various NCVER collections

NCVER can also provide customised data and statistics. See data access for more information on how we can assist you..

About VET data

VET statistics explained provides a summary of the Australian vocational education and training (VET) statistical collections and surveys and the purpose they serve for the Australian VET system. It covers the structure of the statistical collections and surveys, what each collection is, how they are compiled and what data is collected. An accompanying page gives an overview of the statistical standard (AVETMISS) used to ensure the quality of data. Both pages would be of interest to those with some understanding of the Australian VET system but who are seeking to further understand what is available in the Australian VET statistical collections and where to go to find specific information.

Data release dates

Data release dates in 2017

Planned release
week beginning
Data product/ publication
13 MarchApprentices and trainees September Quarter 2016
5 JuneApprentices and trainees December Quarter 2016
3 JulyGovernment-funded students and courses 2016
Historical time-series of government-funded VET in Australia
10 JulyTotal VET students and courses 2016
24 JulyGovernment-funded program completions 2016 (Preliminary)
Government-funded students and courses Jan-Mar 2017
28 AugustApprentices and trainees Annual 2016
Apprentices and trainees Completion and Attrition Rates 2016
VET program completion rates 2010-2015
28 AugustVET in Schools 2016
4 SeptemberApprentices and trainees March Quarter 2017
25 SeptemberFinancial Information 2016
2 OctoberGovernment-funded students and courses Jan-Jun 2017
30 OctoberEmployers' use and views of the VET system 2017
20 NovemberYoung people in education and training 2016 (including VET in Schools data)
27 NovemberTotal VET graduate outcomes 2017
Government-funded student outcomes 2017
4 DecemberApprentices and trainees June Quarter 2017
Historical time-series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963
January 2018Government-funded students and courses Jan-Sept 2017

Protocols & policies

For more information about Using NCVER data.

For more information on the VET Data Protocol.

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