NCVER aims for new levels of excellence

Media release

2 November 2017

Improving services and enabling more agile responses to the changing needs and priorities of the VET sector is the central focus of a new strategic plan released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

NCVER’s strategic plan: 2017–20, unanimously endorsed by the NCVER Board, is the culmination of a 12-month review and consultation process that sought opinions from government, training providers, employers and other VET sector organisations on how NCVER could serve them most effectively into the future.

“In the age of ‘big data’ and the ‘internet of everything’, the priorities of our members and stakeholders are changing. Our vision is to maximise the power of data analytics integrated with research to transform national understanding of VET,” said Dr Craig Fowler, Managing Director, NCVER.

“The independent consultation process provided valuable feedback and revealed just optimising what is in place now will not achieve the higher level of required excellence.”

The new plan is based on the results of an extensive independent review by the NOUS Group, which was designed to ascertain how the company is perceived and how NCVER’s data and products are used to support governments as a priority, as well as assist a wide array of VET sector participants.

As part of this consultation, NOUS conducted around 60 interviews with key VET sector stakeholders across all jurisdictions and received over 500 responses to a comprehensive national survey.

“Our stakeholders have told us they want closer to real-time data and informative well integrated analyses of VET sector activity,” Dr Fowler said.

“Our new strategic plan outlines seven strategic objectives designed to improve our services so we can better meet these needs and effectively underpin evidenced-based public policy to inform and influence Australia’s VET sector in the future.”

NCVER’s strategic plan: 2017–20 and the NOUS report: key findings from NCVER’s stakeholder engagement are available from

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