Apprentices and trainees 2017: March quarter - Australia

By NCVER Statistical report 4 September 2017 Revised: 5 September 2017


Please note: the x-axis in the chart showing commencements for “Australian quarterly training activity” was revised on 5 September 2017.

This infographic provides a snapshot of apprenticeships and traineeships across Australia. It presents statistics on commencements, completions, cancellations/withdrawals and those currently in-training. Unless stated otherwise, data is derived using the latest National Apprentice and Trainee Collection no.92, (June 2017 estimates), which is compiled under the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS) for Apprentice and Trainee Collection Specifications, Release 7.0, October 2015.

Due to lags in processing, the most recent figures are estimated (for training activity from June quarter 2015 to March quarter 2017). The estimation method involves weighting recently processed numbers, based on average reporting lags. As estimates are revised for up to seven quarters, figures for the last two years may differ from those published in earlier or in subsequent reports. Further details on the methodology can be found at <>.

More information including longer term trends, detailed data and explanatory notes are available. The states and territories are diverse in terms of economies, industry and VET policy and this needs to be considered in any detailed analysis.


In-training as at 31 March 2017

There were 275 200 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 March 2017, a decrease of 3.7% from 31 March 2016.

Quarterly training activity

In the March quarter 2017, compared with the March quarter 2016:

  • commencements decreased slightly by 0.1%, to 56 200
  • completions decreased by 5.1%, to 25 300
  • cancellations and withdrawals increased slightly by 0.1%, to 27 700.

Training activity: 12-month ending series

In the 12 months ending 31 March 2017, compared with the 12 months ending 31 March 2016:

  • commencements decreased by 1.9%, to 166 700
  • completions decreased by 15.1%, to 97 300
  • cancellations and withdrawals decreased by 0.5%, to 93 400.

State and territory data

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