VET statistics explained

31 October 2019


Australian vocational education and training (VET) statistics are drawn from VET administrative data collections and surveys and provide a comprehensive picture on the performance of the VET system. These statistics are underpinned by the AVETMIS Standards.

AVETMIS Standards

The Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standards (AVETMISS) offer a nationally consistent framework for the collection of VET data in Australia.

The AVETMIS Standards apply separately to collections of:

  • VET enrolment activity (National VET Provider Collection and National VET in Schools Collection)
  • Apprenticeship/traineeship training contract activity (National Apprentice and Trainee Collection)
  • Funding information (National VET Funding Data Collection - available February 2019)

Training providers submit data to the National VET Provider, National VET in Schools and National Apprentice and Trainee collections using the web-based AVETMISS Validation Software (AVS).

Financial information is sourced from financial statements and notes submitted by the Australian, state and territory government departments responsible for VET reporting.

Data collections and surveys

NCVER manages four national collections covering different aspects of vocational education and training (VET) in Australia, as well as a range of national surveys.

Data collection dates in 2019

Data release dates in 2019

Data collection dates in 2019

*The survey of Employers’ use and views of the VET system is conducted every two years, falling on an odd year.

Data release dates in 2019

Week beginning Data product / publication
7 JanuaryGovernment funding of VET 2017
4 February Government-funded students and courses Jan-Sept 2018
4 March Apprentices and trainees September Quarter 2018
3 June Apprentices and trainees December Quarter 2018
15 July Government-funded students and courses 2018
Historical time-series of government-funded VET in Australia
22 JulyCompletion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2018
26 August VET qualification completion rates 2017
Total VET students and courses 2018
Government-funded students and courses Jan-Mar 2019
2 September VET in Schools 2018
Apprentices and trainees March Quarter 2019     
28 OctoberSurvey of employer use and views 2019
11 NovemberGovernment-funded students and courses Jan-Jun 2019
18 NovemberGovernment funding of VET 2018
2 December Apprentices and trainees June Quarter 2019
Historical time-series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963
9 DecemberVET student outcomes 2019
16 DecemberApprentice and trainee experience and destination survey 2019
January 2020 (TBC) Government-funded students and courses Jan-Sept 2019

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