One million VET students to be surveyed about training

Media release

22 June 2020

Close to one million people who completed vocational education and training (VET) in 2019 will be contacted about their employment outcomes, satisfaction, and training relevance when the annual National Student Outcomes Survey starts tomorrow.

The results of the survey, which is managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), are used to help future students make decisions about training, and to assist governments and training providers to ensure VET is of high quality and relevant to Australian workplaces.

“The 2020 results will be particularly important given the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a significant impact on our VET sector,” said Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER.

“We’ve added extra questions to this year’s survey on how the crisis has affected students’ employment and further study outcomes, which will help our governments plan for our future recovery.”

With around 915 000 domestic VET students and 62 500 international onshore VET graduates to be contacted, Australia’s largest survey of VET students has expanded even more this year to include students who study VET as part of their secondary schooling for the very first time.

Information specific to students undertaking qualifications, skill sets, accredited courses and individual subjects will also be captured, making the data even more useful and relevant.

Former students will begin receiving their survey invitations this week. Survey results will be available at from late 2020.

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About NCVER: we are the principal 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.

The National Student Outcomes Survey is conducted on behalf of the Australian, state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.