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One in four Australians engaged in vocational education


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Deputy Leader of the House

The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Luke Hartsuyker, today welcomed the release of a new report that showed that around one in four Australians of working age participated in vocational education and training in 2014.

Speaking at the launch of the Total VET Activity Report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Mr Hartsuyker said the data shows that Australia is a learning nation with nearly four million Australians participating in VET study last year.

“This report captures for the first time the sheer scale and diversity of Australia’s VET sector” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“There are more than twice as many people studying in VET than in the university sector.

“The VET sector makes a vital contribution to our economy by helping to prepare people for work, helping them to upskill once in work, and to transition to different careers when needed.

“Around 22 per cent of people in VET study are 45 years and over. This shows that VET is not just for the young but can also suit older workers who may need to gain new skills and switch careers later in life.

Minister Hartsuyker said that the Total VET Activity Report provides a clear picture of the skills being produced by the VET sector and will help industry with its workforce planning. It will also give governments a better understanding of the national training system and what is working and producing results. 

Further information on the Total VET Activity data can be found at