Student equity in VET 2021: participation, achievement and outcomes

By NCVER Research report 16 March 2023 978-1-922801-09-8


This publication presents information on how different equity groups fare in their VET journey. The featured equity groups have historically been disadvantaged in accessing and benefiting from education in Australia. We focus on their participation, achievement in and outcomes from VET.

The full data is available to download below with details of the data sources and definitions.


  1. There are high numbers of ‘not known’ responses for some student characteristics explored in this resource. For more information, refer to the Student equity in VET 2021: participation, achievement and outcomes: data tables.
  2. This data excludes international offshore training activity.
  3. Students may have enrolled in more than one type of training, with more than one type of provider and with different sources of funding.  For this reason, percentages may sum to more than 100.
  4. Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.

Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER),Total VET students and courses 2021NCVER Government-funded students and coursesNCVER VET qualification completion rates 2021, NCVER VET Student outcomes 2022 , Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Census of Population and Housing 2016ABS Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia 2018

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This work has been produced by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government, and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

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ISBN: 978-1-922801-09-8

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