Around 1.6 million people undertook training across Australia's public vocational education and training (VET) system in 2004. The data reveals a decline in the number of students undertaking training and hours of teaching delivery for the first time. Overall, participation decreased by 7.1 per cent between 2003 and 2004, and the total number of hours teaching delivery fell by 2.6 per cent. The decline is in part due to a large decrease in numbers of students reported from NSW's community education providers, some of which is attributable to software problems experienced by these providers. But the decline was uneven: Tasmania and ACT recorded increases in both measures of training activity.