Employers' use and views of the VET system 2013

28 Oct 2013


This publication presents information on employers’ use and views of the vocational education and training (VET) system. The findings relate to the various ways in which Australian employers use the VET system and unaccredited training to meet their skill needs, and their satisfaction with these methods of training. The publication also looks at whether employers view their staff as fully proficient at their jobs and the impact this may have on the organisation and whether the organisation had experienced any recruitment difficulties in the last 12 months.

The figures in this publication are derived from the Survey of Employer Use and Views of the VET System. The survey was conducted by telephone interview between February and May 2013 and the results relate to employers’ training experiences in the 12 months preceding their interview.


All organisations in Australia with at least one employee are in scope of the survey. For this survey, an employee is defined as ‘a person working in, or operating from, this organisation, including full-time, part-time and casual employees’. An owneroperator is not classed as an employee, regardless of whether or not they pay themselves a wage.

The following organisations are out of the scope of the survey:

  • self-employed persons who do not employ staff
  • private households employing staff
  • foreign diplomatic missions
  • consulates in Australia
  • defence force establishments
  • superannuation funds.
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