Students and courses

NCVER Collection

About the National VET Provider Collection

The National VET Provider Collection (from which the Students and courses data releases are produced) collects data on VET activity delivered by Australian training providers, to a nationally agreed standard.

It provides information on the number of training providers, students, program enrolments, subject enrolments, hours of delivery, program completions and source of funding.

The collection, which dates back to 1994, has historically reported on government-funded VET, which is broadly defined as Commonwealth and state/territory government-funded training delivered by TAFE institutes and other government providers, community education and other registered providers. This is collected and reported quarterly.

In 2014, the scope of the collection was expanded to include total VET activity, that is, training delivered by all providers, not just those in receipt of Commonwealth or state/territory funding. This is collected and reported annually.

Data are collected either directly from registered training organisations or via state training authorities. All data are validated and submitted to NCVER using the online AVETMISS validation software.

National VET collections flowchart

From 2016, data submitted to the National VET Provider Collection has also been used for individual student unique student identifier (USI) transcripts.

Data releases

Data resources are available in a variety of formats under the following titles:

Government-funded S&C Total VET S&C

More information

Further research on apprentices and trainees

Superseded publications

Superseded publications from this collection may be accessed through the VOCEDplus database.