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Training Expenditure Survey

Assistant Director
National Centre for Education and Training
Australian Bureau of Statistics
PO Box 10

Telephone: Canberra 02 6252 7798
Facsimile: Canberra 02 6251 8013

Email: client.services@abs.gov.au

To provide statistical input into policy development on enterprise-based training and to assist in the evaluation of national training policies.


The Training Expenditure Survey provides estimates of the costs to employers of providing structured training to their employees over a three month period. Structured training is defined as all training activities which have a predetermined plan and formal design to develop employment-related skills and competencies.
A sample of approximately 6,000 employers was selected from the ABS register of businesses for the 1996 Training Expenditure Survey. The sample was stratified by sector, detailed industry and employer size, and was optimally allocated to ensure adequate representation in each of these areas. The survey was designed to produce accurate estimates of total training expenditure at the national and detailed industry level.

The sample of employers used in the 1996 Training Expenditure Survey was also used in the 1997 Training Practices Survey. The use of a common sample for the two surveys allows data from the Training Expenditure Survey to be linked with the Training Practices Survey.

The Training Expenditure Survey was a mail-based survey.

Data detail

  • Number of employees including males, females, full-time/part-time/casual;
  • Number of trainers and support staff;
  • Total training expenditure;
  • Expenditure on structured in-house training;
  • Expenditure on structured external training;
  • Field of training - employee costs for time receiving training and training hours;
  • Employers' trainers and support staff gross wages and salaries;
  • Fees paid to consultants and institutions for conducting in-house courses;
  • Fees paid to consultants and institutions for conducting external courses;
  • Other training expenditure for in-house and external training including equipment, travel and accommodation and meals for trainers and trainees to attend courses, costs of training rooms, payments to industry training bodies and other expenditure;
  • Training subsidies received from government sources; and
  • Payment received for employees of other organisations attending training.

In relation to tourism, some broad level industry data are available for the above items for persons employed in tourism-related industries.

Geographic coverage
Australia, States and Territories.

Frequency of data availability

Historical data

The survey has been conducted in 1989, 1990, 1993 and most recently in 1996. To achieve comparability between the 1993 and 1996 surveys, approximately 35% of employers were common to both surveys.

The results of the 1996 survey are not directly comparable with previous surveys. The 1996 survey collected information on training expenditure only from those employers who actually provided training to their employees in the reference period. This differs from previous iterations of the survey where employers reported all training costs paid in the reference period irrespective of whether training had occurred. The change in scope impacts only on training expenditure figures, training hours are unaffected.

In addition, the industry classification used by the ABS altered following the 1993 survey. The 1989, 1990 and 1993 surveys were designed using the Australian Standard Industrial Classification (ASIC). This was replaced in 1996 by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).

The 1993 survey results were recalculated to be directly comparable with the 1996 survey and are included in the publication for the 1996 survey.

Products and services available

Employer Training Expenditure, Australia, July to September 1996 (cat. no. 6353.0)

Special data services are available on request.

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