This publication provides an estimate of the extent and nature of vocational education and training (VET) delivered in 2017 by Australian training providers. This picture of training activity is known as ‘total VET activity’ and refers to all domestic and overseas VET activity delivered by all types of Australian training providers. It reports on students who undertook government-subsidised training and those who undertook training on a fee-for-service basis. Information in this publication is provided on the number of training providers, estimated students and participation rates, program enrolments, subject enrolments, hours of delivery, program completions and estimated program completion rates.
This publication provides an estimate of the nature and extent of vocational education and training (VET) delivered by Australian training providers in domestic and overseas locations in 2017. This picture of training activity is known as ‘total VET activity’ (TVA), to reflect that the information is collected from all types of training providers and reports on students who undertook government-subsidised training and those who undertook training on a fee-for-service basis.
- training activity was reported by 4193 training providers
- there were an estimated 4.2 million students enrolled in VET with an Australian training provider in 2017, a 0.7% increase from 2016
- the estimated participation rate of VET students in Australia as a proportion of the Australian population aged 15 to 64 years remained steady at 24.1%, with participation highest among those aged 15 to 19 years (46.1%)
- there were 3.4 million program enrolments, a 7.6% decrease from 2016
- nationally recognised training accounted for 87.6% of all program enrolments, a 2.4 percentage point increase
- there were 763 700 program completions (preliminary)
- a total 784.8 million VET hours were delivered, a 3.9% decrease from 2016
- there were 29.0 million subject enrolments, a 3.5% decrease from 2016
- there were 13.5 million Commonwealth or state funded subject enrolments, a 6.3% decrease from 2016. Commonwealth or state funded subject enrolments represented 46.3% of all subject enrolments in 2017
- subject only enrolments increased by 19.3% to 5.2 million, representing 17.8% of all subject enrolments (14.4% in 2016). Domestic fee-for-service subject only enrolments increased by 20.0% to 4.9 million.
|Total VET students and courses 2017||2.1 MB||Download|
|Total VET students and courses 2017||.docx||2.2 MB||Download|
|Terms and definitions||285.9 KB||Download|
|Terms and definitions||.docx||78.7 KB||Download|
|Technical paper: Counting students in Total VET students and courses||960.3 KB||Download|
|Technical paper: Counting students in Total VET students and courses||.docx||1.8 MB||Download|
These fact sheets provide in-depth information to help you interpret total VET activity data.