National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)


Collection frequency


Latest data


Description of data source

NCVER is the national professional body responsible for collecting, managing, analysing and communicating research and statistics on the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector.

NCVER is an independent, not-for-profit Australian company. It was established in 1981 and is owned by the Commonwealth, state and territory ministers responsible for VET, who are usually referred to as ‘Members’.


Whether the student self identifies as having a disability, impairment or long-term condition.

Disability in this context does not include short-term disabling health conditions such as a fractured leg, influenza, or corrected physical conditions such as impaired vision managed by wearing glasses or lenses.

Disability types

The NCVER disability supplement provides guidance to assist the student who has self-identified as having a disability to provide additional information on the presence of a disability, impairment or long-term condition by indicating one or more relevant types from a list of nine.

Age groups

The age of the student as at 30 June of the collection year.


‘Male’, ‘Female’ and ‘Other’. Gender category 'Other' includes mixed, non-binary sexual characteristics, gender diverse, or neither male nor female.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status is voluntarily self-reported based on the ABS Indigenous Status Standard.3

Definition of CALD

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) cohort includes people born in countries other than main English-speaking countries (Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, Canada, Republic of Ireland, and South Africa).

Geographic information

Data collected in the 2021 NCVER are based on the 2011 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).4


National, state and territory data are available.

Measures reported
  1. For 2021, disability status was unknown for 11.6% of students (VET participation) and 18% of the 2017–2021 cohort (VET completion).
  2. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 5 by NCVER to ensure confidentiality.
  3. The ABS Indigenous Status Standard can be found at Indigenous Status Standard, 2014, Version 1.5 | Australian Bureau of Statistics (
  4. Further information on the geographic standard used by this data source can be found at Remoteness Structure | Australian Bureau of Statistics (