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 gap in performance measures for the VET sector.
Government-funded VET program completion rates have been published in previous publications, the most recent being, Australian vocational education and training statistics: VET program completion rates 2011—15 published in 2017. This is the first publication where total VET program completion rates have been published.
For total VET programs commencing in 2016, the national projected program completion rate is:
- 47% for all VET programs
- 48% for programs delivered by private training providers, 47% for community education providers and 43% for TAFE
- 50% for Commonwealth and state funded programs, 39% for fee-for-service programs undertaken by domestic students and 70% for fee-for-service programs undertaken by international students.
For government-funded VET programs commencing in 20161, the national projected program completion rate is:
- 49% for all government-funded VET programs
- 60% for programs undertaken by students in full-time study aged 25 years and under with no prior post-school program completion.