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1136.0 - A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2009  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/03/2009   
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National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Telephone (08) 8230 8400


The survey collects information about employers' use and views of the vocational education and training (VET) system and the various ways employers use the VET system to meet their skill needs. This may include hiring staff with vocational qualifications, employing apprentices or trainees, or providing staff with other nationally recognised training.


Employers who have interacted with the VET system in the last 12 months by:

  • having jobs that require vocational qualifications;
  • employing staff undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship; or
  • providing staff with nationally recognised training, other than as part of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Reference Period

12 month period prior to interview

Frequency of Collection


Method of Collection

A random sample of employers was selected from the ABS Business Register. Computer-assisted telephone interviewing was utilised.


Release Schedule

Data are usually available 6 months after interviews are completed.


Employers' Use and Views of the VET System. NCVER, Adelaide. Available via the publications link on the NCVER website.


Information is available for Australia and all states and territories.

Data Service

Data tables are available on the
NCVER website.


All Employers

Number of employees
Whether has VET graduates
General views on VET
Level and type of contact with VET providers
Choice of VET provider and whether has sufficient information
Training practices of organisation

Employers with Recent VET Graduates

Number of recent VET graduates
Number who completed their training before commencing current employment
Number who completed their training after commencing current employment
Whether all or most were TAFE or non-TAFE trained
Name of training provider where most trained
Field of training
Type of training
Importance of selected graduate skills
Aspect of graduate skills they would most like to see improve
Satisfaction with each aspect of graduate skill
Overall satisfaction with graduates' skills
Importance of work ethic of graduates
Views on qualities work ethic comprises
Overall satisfaction with VET providers

A complete list of data items is available from the NCVER website.

Historical Data

In 2005, the survey had a wider focus than earlier surveys, which has caused a break in the series. Surveys conducted in 2001, 1999, 1997 and 1995, focused on employer satisfaction with recently hired VET graduates. The survey was previously titled the Survey of Employer Views on Vocational Education and Training.

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