VET student outcomes

NCVER Collection


Presented here are data on the outcomes of Australian students who completed their vocational education and training (VET) in Australia in the previous calendar year. The information is derived from the National Student Outcomes Survey, which is an annual survey of graduates (students awarded a qualification) and subject completers (students who successfully completed part of a course and then left the VET system).

Since 1999, the survey has collected information on the outcomes of government-funded VET students. In 2016, the scope of the survey was expanded to report on the outcomes of all graduates; including fee-for-service students (those who paid for the training or whose employer paid for the training) from private training and community education providers. The expanded scope was applied to the 2017 survey for graduates and, for the first time, subject completers.

Information is presented on VET students’ reasons for training, their employment outcomes, satisfaction with training, and further study outcomes. The main reason for not continuing with the training is also collected for subject completers.

For survey timings and more information, see our VET statistics explained page.


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Data products

Results of the Student Outcomes Survey are published late November/early December each year, once fieldwork is completed in August.

Please select the appropriate tool depending on whether you are a general, regular or expert user of data.

General users

Have a basic understanding of data.

Supporting documentation, including the questionnaire and technical notes, is available from the publication page.

VET student outcomes summary of key findings publication VET graduate outcomes infographic VET student outcomes data slicerGovernment-funded student outcomes data slicer

Regular users

Can understand tables and manipulate data.

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VET graduate outcomes data visualisation VET student outcomes summary findings data tables Time series of government-funded student outcomes by state and territory data tables

Expert users

Have a sophisticated understanding of data and its uses, including items and concepts.

Note: Access to this detailed data in VOCSTATS is free but requires registration.

VOCSTATS interactive database

Data services

If you can't find what you need from the above tools, we may be able to provide you with customised data to meet your requirements. This service will be charged on a cost recovery basis.

For more information, see Data access and charges: data and library information.

Superseded publications

Superseded publications from this collection may be accessed through the VOCEDplus database.