Vocational education


14 Aug 2018

This publication presents information on vocational education and training (VET) undertaken by school students as part of their senior secondary certificate of education.


13 Aug 2018

This publication estimates the completion rates of VET programs in Australia for both total VET and government-funded (broadly defined as all Commonwealth and state/territory government-funded programs [either Commonwealth or state recurrent funding, Commonwealth specific purpose funding or state specific funding]), in order to fill a...


9 Aug 2018

The data in this publication cover the period of 1 January to 31 March 2018. For comparative purposes, it also examines this data against previously submitted data for the 1 January to 31 March 2015, 2016 and 2017 periods and also 1 January to 31 March 2018.

Discussion paper

8 Aug 2018

The size of our future prosperity will be determined partly by our ability to innovate and harness new technologies. This will require a skilled workforce that can match and beat our global competitors. So, what are the skills needed for a more interconnected, global world?...

Research report

7 Aug 2018

Disruptive technologies are influencing the demand for skills in many occupations. This report provides insights into the potential implications for vocational education and training (VET) of ‘disruptive technologies’ associated with Industry 4.0 from the perspective of industry (technology users) and innovators (technology producers).


1 Aug 2018

With a range of new technologies bearing down upon us, huge shifts in the global order under way, longer lives – and potentially longer working lives – it is vital that Australia has a flexible, adaptable tertiary education and training system which gives us the...


31 Jul 2018

This publication provides an estimate of the extent and nature of VET delivered in 2017 by Australian training providers. Information in this publication is provided on the number of training providers, estimated students and participation rates, program enrolments, subject enrolments, hours of delivery, program completions...

Research report

31 Jul 2018

A smaller proportion of Australian teenagers are expecting to go to university or TAFE than they did fifteen years ago, according to this research.


26 Jul 2018

The Smart and Skilled program commenced in January 2015, with the then Department of Education and Communities having primary responsibility for its implementation. This audit assessed the effectiveness of the department in identifying, prioritising and aligning course subsidies to the skill needs of New South...


20 Jul 2018

The following article is based on a speech given by Don Perlgut at a Federal Vocational Education and Training (VET) Policy Forum in Melbourne on 16 July 2018.

The article first details how community education providers are unique in that they over-perform in reaching...


17 Jul 2018

The Australian economy is not only moving to a more knowledge-based economy, but one that requires a higher and more pervasive level of digital skills. Accordingly, the Australian workforce needs to be more highly skilled than ever.


5 Jul 2018

This statistical report tracks the outcomes of apprentices and trainees from when they commenced their training and shows contract completion rates for apprentices and trainees who commenced training in 2013 have decreased to 52.7% (down from 55.4% for those commencing in 2012).


3 Jul 2018

This publication provides a summary of data relating to students, programs, subjects and training providers in Australia’s government-funded VET system.


26 Jun 2018

This report argues that Australia’s VET system has been fragmented and undermined by years of spending cutbacks and failed experimentation with private delivery models. Australia's recovery in manufacturing could be cut short by inadequate availability of skilled labour.


Inquiry into school to work transition
30 May 2018

This inquiry examined teachers and teaching, including the importance of ongoing teacher education, ‘measurements of gain’ in schools, government programs designed to support young people to gain the skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job and particular issues facing students...


23 May 2018

This report outlines the results of our financial audits of TAFE institutes and our observations for the year ended 31 December 2017. It also assess the sector’s financial performance during the 2017 reporting period and its sustainability.


22 May 2018

This publication provides a summary of the outcomes of international onshore students who completed their vocational education and training in Australia in 2016. These students were surveyed as an additional, trial component to the 2017 National Student Outcomes Survey, which is an annual survey of...

Technical report

17 May 2018

The objective of this paper is to determine whether, following the introduction of ‘total VET activity’ (TVA) in 2014, it is possible to estimate projected completion rates for all vocational education and training (VET) programs.


23 Apr 2018

If participation rates in higher education and VET in Australia fall as the population increases, there will be fewer people of prime working age who can effectively participate in the labour market in the future. The level of participation in VET and higher education, and...


9 Apr 2018

The aim of this project is to identify the factors affecting the likelihood of completing a VET qualification among government-funded students.



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