This publication provides a summary of data relating to students, programs, subjects and training providers in Australia's government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system (defined as Commonwealth and state/territory government-funded training).
The data in this publication cover the period of 1 January to 30 September 2017. For comparative purposes, it also examines this data against previously submitted data for the 1 January to 30 September 2015 and 2016 periods, and also for the 1 January to 30 June 2017 period.
In the first nine months to 30 September 2017, there were 1.01 million students enrolled in the government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system. This is defined as Commonwealth and state/territory government-funded training delivered by technical and further education (TAFE) institutes and other government, community education and other registered providers.
There was a 6.6% decrease in the number of students undertaking government-funded training in the first nine months of 2017 compared with the corresponding period in 2016.
An additional 200 900 students were reported in the January to September 2017 period compared with the January to June 2017 period, which represents a 25.0% increase.
In the nine months to 30 September 2017, students in the government-funded VET system comprised:
- 57.6% attending TAFE institutes and other government providers
- 87.8% enrolled in an Australian Qualifications Framework level program
- 43.6% studying certificate III programs
- 17.1% enrolled in engineering and related technologies
A total of 1821 training providers delivered government-funded VET in the first nine months of 2017, a decrease from 1866 reported in the first nine months of 2016