1136.0 - A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2009  
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This collection gathers information on the finance and expenditure of Australia's public vocational education and training (VET) system. Data pertaining to revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities are provided for Australia, the eight states and territories, and for the VET operations of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). Financial data are prepared on an accrual basis, and reported at historical values. Agreed accounting standards are used.


The collection focuses on vocational education and training institutions administered or provided by the main training department within each state and territory, the other public training providers in those jurisdictions, and DEEWR. It includes the VET Divisions or programs of seven public universities (four in Victoria), and the VET activity of the Batchelor Institute. Public funding for training delivery, paid to private providers by training authorities or departments, is also in-scope. Information sought includes revenues and expenses; assets, liabilities, and equities; and cash flows.

Reference Period

Calendar year

Frequency of Collection


Method of Collection

Data are collected from the chief financial officers of the in-scope entities. NCVER electronically provides pro forma financial statements, definitions, and guidelines for the collection. Data are returned electronically to NCVER for quality reviews and consolidation. Key data elements are audited by independent external auditors.


Release Schedule

The publication is usually released in the year after the reference year.


Australian Vocational Education and Training Statistics: Financial Information. NCVER, Adelaide.

Data Service

State and territory tables are available from the NCVER website as an Excel file. Additional information is available on request.


Information is available for Australia, the eight states and territories, and for the VET operations of DEEWR.

Other Information

The accounting standards are detailed in AVETMISS: The Standard for VET Financial Data -- Release 1.7. NCVER, Adelaide.
The AVETMISS standards publications are available as free downloads from the NCVER website, under 'Statistical Standards'.


Financial Data

Operating revenues

Category of revenues
Operating expenses
Category of expenses
Expenditure activity
Current assets
Non-current assets
Current liabilities
Non-current liabilities

Cash flows

Historical Data

This information has been collected since 1994. Information prior to this date was reported in the
Selected Vocational Education and Training Statistics publication series. The method of calculating government recurrent expenditure was changed after release of the 2007 data, to a more direct measure under accrual-based financial reporting. This is explained in the publication, Changes to the method of calculating government recurrent expenditure, available on the NCVER website.