1136.0 - A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2009  
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National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
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This collection gathers information on apprentice and trainee activity. An apprentice or trainee is a person undertaking vocational training through a contracted training arrangement. Information is gathered from employers and their apprentices or trainees by state and territory training authorities, and selected data are then forwarded to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).


All persons employed under a national Apprenticeship or Traineeship training contract, i.e. a formal contract between an employer and an apprentice or trainee.

Reference Period

Information relates to the date the contract activity occurred, not when it was reported. The reference periods are calendar quarters, and a calendar year. Estimates of those 'in-training' are at the end of the reference period. Estimates of commencements, cancellations, completions, and withdrawals relate to all such activity during the reference period.

Frequency of Collection

Information is reported cumulatively, then compiled and reported on a quarterly

Method of Collection

Apprentices, trainees, and their employers are required to complete a series of questions on each National Apprenticeship or Traineeship Training Contract. Signed contracts are forwarded to their state or territory training authority, which provides quarterly data to NCVER for each client who has an active training contract. The quarterly activity reports cover contract commencement, completion, cancellation, and withdrawal. Data are validated using the AVETMISS Validation Software. Because of the reporting and processing lags, recent activity levels are estimated by weighting recently processed numbers based on average reporting lags.


Release Schedule

Quarterly reports are usually produced within three months of the end of the reference quarter, with annual reports later the following year.


The following publications are available via the publications link on the NCVER website:

Australian Vocational Education and Training Statistics: Apprentices and Trainees [specific] quarter, [year] -- Summary. NCVER, Adelaide.
Australian Vocational Education and Training Statistics: Apprentices and Trainees [year] -- Annual. NCVER, Adelaide.


Information is available for Australia and all states and territories.

Data Service

Detailed statistical tables in Excel format, and datasets in SuperCube format, are available from the NCVER website. For data requests, contact NCVER Client Services.

Other information

Full details of the AVETMISS suite of classifications, reporting standards, and support services are available from the NCVER website.


Apprentice/trainee details

Highest school level completed
Year highest school level completed
Prior educational achievements
Date of birth
Indigenous status
Language spoken at home
Country of birth
Disability status

Training contract details

Status and date of effect
Previous training contract identifier
Commencement date
Completion date
At school
Credit for prior training
Type of employment arrangement
Full-time identifier
Workplace postcode
Employer identifier
Level of Education
Nominal duration (months)
Existing worker
Registered training organisation identifier

Employer details

Employer size

Historical Data

Data compiled under AVETMISS are available from 1994 onwards. While data for earlier years are available from NCVER, the earlier data are not always readily comparable with AVETMISS-compliant data.