National Centre for Vocational Education Research


Discussion paper

21 Feb 2018

This paper provides a broad overview of the nature of data linkage, highlights possible uses in the VET sector and reviews key challenges data linkage presents as a research methodology. Using the insights gained from past data linkage projects and taking into account the privacy...

Technical report

14 Feb 2018

This technical paper provides a brief overview of the estimation methodology employed in the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection, background information on the initiative to undertake timely reviews of the estimation methodology and instructions on the operation of the estimates review dashboard.


9 Feb 2018

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...

Research report

7 Feb 2018

Research messages brings together research publicly released by NCVER over the year. The 2017 compilation reflects an extensive collection of NCVER research activities undertaken during 2017, comprising of reports, summaries, infographics, occasional papers, presentations and webinars.


5 Feb 2018

This resource presents a summary of statistics relating to young Australians aged 15 to 19 years who participated in an education and training activity during 2016. Information on participation is presented for school students, higher education students, apprentices and trainees, and vocational education and training...

Discussion paper

14 Dec 2017

This report provides a summary overview of occupational skills information practices in selected countries and organisations, with the aim of highlighting the approaches adopted by each to the design, content, update and provision of skills information. In addition, it showcases good practice in ensuring such...

Conference paper

13 Dec 2017

This paper explores some of the challenges and constraints within the Australian system of apprenticeships to adequately respond to industry 4.0. It also presents some of the current directions in government policy and explores opportunities within industries and the training system itself to create change....

Discussion paper

11 Dec 2017

This paper examines what quality in VET might mean from the perspectives of five key stakeholder groups - learners, employers/industry, providers, government and regulators.

Research report

5 Dec 2017

This research looks at why young, early school leavers are not considering VET as a means of gaining skills, and why, if they do start a VET course, some disengage and drop out.


30 Nov 2017

This publication provides information on revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities of government-funded vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. The publication is based on 2016 data provided by the Australian, state and territory government departments responsible for administering government funds for Australia’s VET system.

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