Total VET students and courses

NCVER Collection


Total VET students and courses reports on students who undertook nationally recognised VET on a government funded or fee-for-service basis. Nationally recognised training are listed on the National Register of Vocational Education and Training ( and includes:

  • nationally recognised programs that are associated with one or more clusters of subjects. These include; training package qualifications and skill sets, accredited qualifications, and accredited courses that lead to a statement of attainment
  • nationally recognised subjects delivered stand-alone or as part of a non-nationally recognised program
  • nationally recognised VET delivered by Australian RTOs to students in both onshore (Australia) and offshore locations.

Excluded from scope is non-nationally recognised training which is not listed on and includes:

  • locally developed programs and skill sets constructed by training providers, industry, enterprise, community education or professional bodies to meet an identified training need
  • non-accredited subjects.

Non-registered training providers are also excluded from scope.

For more information refer to the fact sheet What are nationally recognised training and non-nationally recognised training?

The data for Total VET students and courses are sourced from both the National VET Provider Collection and National VET in Schools Collection and are compiled under the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard, release 8.0 (AVETMISS).

Data products

To view the collection results, please select the appropriate product depending on whether you are a general, regular or expert user of data.

General users

Have a basic understanding of data.

Supporting documentation e.g. terms and definitions and explanatory notes are available from the publication page.

Total VET S&C statistical report publication Terms and definitions document

Regular users

Can understand tables and manipulate data.

Note: The International VET students data visualisation is hosted externally and may request a login when accessing. Please click the Cancel button to continue to the visualisation.

linking to the DataBuilder tool that enables users to create customised tables Atlas of total VET data visualisation International VET students data visualisation on the SAS VA platform

Expert users

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

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

VOCSTATSDe-identified unit record files (DURFs)

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.

More information

Total VET activity fact sheets About our data including data release dates

Superseded publications

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