VET statistics explained

20 May 2024


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)

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).

Funding information is sourced from the Australian, state and territory government departments responsible for VET (National VET Funding Data Collection - available once implementation phase complete).

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 2024

Data release dates in 2024

Data collection dates in 2024

Bar chart showing the data collection periods for each NCVER statistical collection. For example total vet activity period is January through to end of February.

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

Data release dates 2024

Listed below are the planned releases of our statistical products. Actual release date will display when confirmed.

5 March Government-funded students and courses: January to September 2023
21 MarchApprentice and trainee outcomes 2023
28 MarchApprentices and trainees: September quarter 2023
2 MayInternational onshore VET qualification completer outcomes 2023
JulyApprentices and trainees: December quarter 2023
JulyGovernment-funded students and courses 2023
Historical time-series of government-funded VET in Australia
JulyVET in Schools 2023
AugustCompletion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2023
AugustTotal VET students and courses 2023
AugustVET qualification completion rates 2023
September Government-funded students and courses: January to March 2024
SeptemberApprentices and trainees: March quarter 2024
OctoberGovernment funding of VET 2023
DecemberGovernment-funded students and courses: January to June 2024
December VET student outcomes 2024
December Apprentices and trainees: June quarter 2024
Historical time-series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963

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Accessing VET data

For further information, refer to our accessing VET data page.