New timeline provides snapshot of VET policy reform

Media release

27 February 2018

A new interactive timeline that provides a snapshot of Australian vocational education and training (VET) policies, programs and initiatives over the past 20 years has been released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The Timeline of Australian VET policy initiatives 1998-2017 also lends an economic context to the changing VET landscape by including key events that may have influenced enrolments and completions of VET courses, apprenticeships and traineeships since 1998 onward.

“There’s a huge appetite for historical cross-jurisdictional information when it comes to VET, especially given how legislation and policy can differ between states and territories,” said Dr Craig Fowler, Managing Director, NCVER.

“We’ve created the timeline to allow the VET sector quick and easy access to valuable information that may otherwise be time consuming to track down and compare.”

By providing a history of VET reforms across jurisdictions, the new interactive timeline has the potential to lend a policy context for trends in VET data and other research findings.

“This will assist both government and VET researchers in particular to determine if policy reforms have had an impact over the years,” Dr Fowler said.

Industry and training providers may also find the tool useful in making comparisons with their own data.

“For example, if the data shows reduced student numbers or an increased interest in certain training packages or apprenticeships, the new tool could help shed some light on why this is so.”

The Timeline of Australian VET policy initiatives 1998-2017 is part of the broader VET Knowledge Bank initiative, which will be released in stages over the coming year. The Knowledge Bank is being designed as a key reference source of information about the VET system in Australia, and will include products such as Getting to know VET in Australia, VET governance, History of VET, and Landmark documents.

To view the interactive timeline, visit:

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 Education and Training.

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