VET workforce

8 October 2018

About the National VET Workforce Survey

The first ever survey of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) workforce will be launched in March 2019. This Australia-wide survey of registered training organisations (RTOs) will provide a picture of how many people are working in the VET sector to help in future planning and to better support the VET workforce. The survey will be tested online in October 2018, with just over 100 RTOs invited to participate.

Selected RTOs will be invited to complete the pilot survey soon, so keep an eye out for your invitation!

Survey details

Who is conducting the survey?

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and Ipsos are conducting the survey on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

The survey is supported by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and the Western Australian Training Accreditation Council (TAC).

What do we want to know?

The survey collects information from RTOs on:

  • the number of staff they employ
  • their employees’ roles, employment status, and the qualifications they hold that are relevant to their job
  • training delivery methods and locations.

How long will the survey take?

An average of 10 minutes to complete.

How will RTOs be selected?

RTOs will be randomly selected to provide representative samples according to size.

How do I complete the survey?

Online via an email link which will be sent with your survey invitation.

Who should complete the survey?

The survey is best answered by someone with detailed knowledge of staff within your organisation.

What is the aim of the survey?

The survey will provide:

  • a picture of the VET workforce, including qualifications and work roles
  • information to assist in planning for the future.

Is the information confidential?

Yes. All information provided will remain confidential and only summary information of the main results will be reported. No individual RTO will be identified in any data or reporting. The information will not be used for any other purpose. NCVER operates in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles. Please refer to the Privacy notice here for more details about your information and how it will be managed and protected.

Who's who

National Centre for Vocational
Education Research
Department of Education
and Training
Manages the research, analysis
and reporting of the survey. Provides
information to governments, the training
sector, industry and the community.
Funds the survey and will use the
results to develop government policy
on VET workforce planning.
Will contact you to collect information
about your RTO workforce.