Government-funded students and courses - January to September 2016

By NCVER Statistical report 16 January 2017 2205-4391

Description

This publication provides a summary of data relating to students, programs, subjects and training providers in Australia's government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system - broadly defined as Commonwealth and state/territory government-funded training delivered by TAFE institutes and other government, community education and other registered providers.

The data in this publication cover the nine month period of 1 January to 30 September for 2015 and 2016.

Highlights

In the first nine months to 30 September 2016, there were 1.08 million students enrolled in the government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system. This is defined as Commonwealth and state/territory government-funded training delivered by TAFE institutes and other government, community education and other registered providers.

There was a 4.8% increase in the number of students undertaking government-funded training in the first nine months of 2016 compared with the corresponding period in 2015. Despite this increase, there was a 2.5% decline in subject enrolments over the same period — due to an increase in students undertaking programs of shorter duration (skill sets) and subject only enrolments.

An additional 226 800 students are reported in the January to September 2016 period compared with the January to June 2016 period, which represents a 26.7% increase.

In the nine months to 30 September 2016, students in the government-funded VET system comprised:

  • 56.7% attending TAFE institutes and other government providers
  • 85.6% enrolled in an Australian Qualifications Framework level program
  • 41.4% studying certificate III programs
  • 17.2% enrolled in engineering and related technologies.

A total of 1866 training providers delivered government-funded VET in the first nine months of 2016, a decrease from the 1888 that reported in the first nine months of 2015.

Please note: Quarterly data are not sufficiently stable to allow reliable longitudinal interpretation and must be used with caution.

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