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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 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.


In the January to March 2018 period, there were an estimated 608 500 students enrolled with 1515 training providers in the government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system — defined as all Commonwealth and state/territory government-funded training.

Training was delivered by 35 technical and further education (TAFE) institutes, 10 other government providers (such as universities), 152 community education providers and 1371 other registered providers.

Data for the Government-funded students and courses series are received by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in four cumulative quarterly data submissions. This allows additional data to be reported and corrections made to previously submitted data.

There are known issues in the January to March 2018 data, with some training authorities under-reporting training activity for this first quarter (see explanatory notes on pages 17-18). Consequently, caution must be used in the interpretation of these data, particularly quarter to quarter comparisons. For example, the national training activity is lower than expected, and consequently the percentage changes will be affected.

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