Survey of the current VET workforce

April 2018
Estimated publish date
April 2020
Principal researcher(s)
Genevieve Knight, National Research Manager, NCVER
Pip Granfield, Research Officer, NCVER
Ian White, Research Officer, NCVER
Research sponsor - Commonwealth Department of Education and Training
Genevieve Knight 08 8230 8430
Project code

Project purpose

The aim of this project is to obtain a more precise number of trainers and assessors currently within the vocational education and training (VET) workforce. The purpose is to provide decision makers, and other VET sector stakeholders, with as much information as possible when considering changes to regulatory requirements that affect the VET workforce. The need for a more precise number of trainers and assessors originates from the wide range provided in the Productivity Commission’s 2011 Vocational Education and Training Workforce. The estimated number of trainers and assessors in the VET workforce was estimated in that report as somewhere between 24,000 to upwards of 700,000. This is a significant variance, particularly when considering regulatory impact and burden as a factor in decision making.

Productivity Commission 2011, Vocational Education and Training Workforce, Research Report, Canberra.

Research aims

The primary aim of this project is to obtain a more accurate number of trainers and assessors currently within the VET workforce. Secondary to this, the research also aims to obtain further information about the locations from which trainers and assessors deliver training.


An online survey delivered to all registered training organisations (RTOs) on the National Register of VET (

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Western Australian Training Accreditation Council (TAC), and Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) will be involved as partner sponsors and work with NCVER to develop the approach for RTOs within their jurisdictions.