More people in government-funded training

Media release

12 July 2017

A new report released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) reveals the number of students enrolled in government-funded training increased 3.3% to 1.3 million students in 2016 compared with the previous year, driven largely by increasing enrolments in short course skill sets.

Government-funded students and courses 2016 provides a snapshot of vocational education and training (VET) funded by Commonwealth and state/territory governments.

In terms of participation, around 1 in 5 young Australians (aged 15–19 years) were enrolled in the government-funded VET system in 2016. This compares with around 1 in 13 for the wider Australian population (aged 15–64 years).

Of the students who undertook government-funded VET in 2016, 43.4% were aged between 15 and 24 years; 52.3% were male; and 81.3% studied part-time.

Copies of Australian vocational education and training statistics: Government-funded students and courses 2016, are available from <>.

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

Media contact: Deanne Loan, T: 08 8230 8496, M: 0413 523 691