About our data

16 September 2016

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.

About VET data

Australian vocational education and training statistics explained provides an overview 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, what each collection is, how they are compiled and what data is collected. It also provides an overview of the statistical standard (AVETMISS) used to ensure the quality of data. This document 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.

Our collections

Collections are sourced from administrative information on training activities, apprenticeship/traineeship training contracts and finances compiled by registered training providers (RTOs) and all state training authorities from business systems, training providers, and Australian Apprenticeships Centres. NCVER manages four national collections on different aspects of vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. These are:


Government-funded students and courses

Provides data on students, participation, courses and qualifications which help measure the performance of the government-funded VET system.
Government-funded students and coursesStudents and coursesJuly
Historical time series of government-funded VET in Australia
from 1981
Historical time series of VET
in Australia from 1981
Government-funded program completions - preliminaryNewJuly
Government-funded students and courses, January-March NewJuly
Likelihood of completing a government-funded VET programLikelihood of completing a
VET qualification
Government-funded students and courses, January-JuneNewSeptember
Government-funded students and courses, January-SeptemberNewDecember

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Total VET students and courses

Summary of Australia's VET system, delivered via both public and private providers, including students, participation, courses and qualifications.
Total VET students and coursesNewJuly

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National Apprentice and Trainee collection

A summary of the training activity of all apprentices and trainees employed under a training contract.
Apprentices and trainees March quarterNo changeSeptember of same year
Apprentices and trainees June quarterNo changeDecember of same year
Apprentices and trainees September quarterNo changeMarch of following year
Apprentices and trainees December quarterNo changeJune of
following year
Apprentices and trainees annualNo changeAugust
Completions and attrition rates for apprentices and traineesNo changeAugust
Historical time series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia
from 1963
No changeNovember

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National VET Finance collection

Financial information about Australia's public VET system, including data on financial performance, financial position and use of public funds.
Financial informationNo changeSeptember

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National VET in Schools collection

This annual collection offers information about students undertaking VET as part of their secondary school certificate.
VET in SchoolsNo changeAugust
Young people in education and training No changeDecember

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Our surveys

Regular sample-based surveys of VET sector graduates, employers and client groups are conducted on issues related to the outcomes and perceptions of vocational education and training in Australia.

NCVER manages the following surveys:


Employers' use and views of the VET system

This biennial survey of approximately 9000 Australian businesses investigates how well the VET system meets employers' needs to help ensure the system remains effective.
Employers' use and views of the VET systemNo changeDecember every second year

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National Student Outcomes Survey

Data from Australia's largest annual survey on student outcomes from training are used to develop policies that help government, employers and industry.
Government-funded student outcomesStudent outcomesDecember
Total VET graduate outcomesNewDecember

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Forthcoming publications

A list of publications scheduled for release within the next fortnight, is available on our Forthcoming publications page.

Protocols & policies

For more information about Using NCVER data.

For more information on the VET Data Protocol.