Vocational Education and Training

What is VET?

  • Vocational education and training (VET) is that part of tertiary education and training which provides accredited training in job related and technical skills.
  • It covers a large number of careers and industries like trades and office work, retail, hospitality and technology.
  • Qualifications range from certificate II to certificate IV, and diploma and advanced diploma.
  • Individuals can be trained in part qualifications or 'skills sets'
  • VET is supported, managed and kept relevant by a network of organisations and VET authorities.

For more information visit the VET NSW website.

NSW Government's Directions Statement for Vocational Education and Training

The NSW Government's Directions Statement responds to the two-staged review of Smart and Skilled and the Legislative Council's Inquiry into Vocational Education and Training in New South Wales. The Smart and Skilled Review reports (stage 1 and 2) can be viewed on the NSW Skills Board's website.

NSW Apprenticeships and Traineeships application approvals and In Training statistics

Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It's helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. Smart and Skilled provides eligible studnets with:

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III; and
  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in target priority areas.

NCVER research and statistical resources

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is a not-for-profit company owned by the federal, state and territory ministers responsible for training.

It is unique in Australia's education system. It is responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and communicating research and statistics about vocational education and training (VET).

NCVER's vision is for policy and practice in vocational education and training to be based on sound evidence.

Its mission is to be Australia's leading provider of quality, independent information relating to vocational education and training to governments, the sector, industry, and the community.

View statistical resources at NCVER's international tertiary education research database.

Page last updated: 3 October 2017