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.

Indigenous status

Indigenous status is based on individuals self-identifying as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. The term ‘First Nations students’ is used to refer to students who self-identified as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

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 2022 NCVER are based on the 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).3


National, state and territory data are available.

Measures reported
  1. For 2022, disability status was unknown for 11.2% of students (VET participation) and 19% of the 2018–2022 cohort (VET completion).
  2. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 5 by NCVER to ensure confidentiality.
  3. Further information on the geographic standard used by this data source can be found at Remoteness Structure | Australian Bureau of Statistics (