Using NCVER data

5 November 2015


The collection, release and access to data are governed by the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Data Protocol. The VET Data Protocol governs access to National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) data holdings (national VET administrative collections and surveys) by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments, training providers, peak bodies, researchers and the general public.

VET Data Protocol

The VET Data Protocol sets out the principles and commitments for the storage and disclosure of VET information and aims to provide broad access to VET data to a range of stakeholders and researchers balanced against safeguarding the privacy or the confidentiality needs of an individual or an organisation, including registered training organisations (RTOs), that contributed information to the collection.

The Protocol is the decision of Ministers responsible for vocational education and training on this matter. For more information, refer to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training website.


The policies specific to NCVER relating to privacy, data quality, data access and data resubmission are provided below:

Privacy policy

Data quality policy

Data quality principles

Services and charges

Data resubmission policy

Accessing unit record data

NCVER will, under strict terms and conditions, allow access to files of vocational education and training unit records. This includes, but is not limited to, unit record data from the Student Outcomes Survey, the Survey of Employers' Use and Views of the VET system and the VET Provider Collection. These files are confidentialised prior to being provided and are known as CURFs (confidentialised unit record files).

To gain access to a CURF an application is required to be completed. The application form can be downloaded from here.