Government-funded VET students down in 2022

Media release

18 July 2023

The latest Government-funded students and courses 2022 report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows that student enrolments in government-funded vocational education and training (VET) have declined in the 12 months to December 2022.

There were 1 196 535 students enrolled in government-funded VET in 2022, down by 4.3% (or 53 550) when compared with 2021.

NCVER Managing Director Simon Walker said, “Despite the decline in 2022 student enrolments, there has been an overall increase of 7.4% since 2018.”

“The number of students undertaking off the job training as an apprentice or trainee has also increased over the last two years, rising from 280 255 in 2020 to 368 180 in 2022.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, commencements in apprenticeships and traineeships significantly increased as a result of various stimulus incentives. Such growth is largely reflected in the increase in enrolments in Certificate III level qualifications and within the engineering and related technologies field of education.

There were 1 137 785 students enrolled in nationally recognised training and 89 630 in non-nationally recognised training. Of those enrolled in nationally recognised training, most (82.4% or 937 240) were undertaking training package qualifications.


Government-funded students and courses 2022 provides information on the number and characteristics of students undertaking government-funded VET in Australia during the year.

Download the report: Government-funded students and courses 2022

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About NCVER: we are the main provider of research, statistics and data on Australia’s VET sector. Our services help promote better understanding of VET and assist policy makers, practitioners, industry, training providers, and students to make informed decisions.

This work has been produced by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.