New Apprenticeship Collection
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Telephone 1800 009 966
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 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, ie, a formal contract between an employer and an apprentice or trainee.
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 basis.
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. These quarterly data are validated using the AVETMISS Validation Software before tranmissal to NCVER.
Because of the reporting and processing lags, recent activity levels are estimated by weighting recently processed numbers based on average reporting lags.
Quarterly reports are usually produced within 3 months of the end of the reference quarter, and 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.
Additional data may be available upon request from NCVER.
Full details of the AVETMISS suite of classifications, reporting standards, and support services are available from the NCVER website.
Highest school level completed
Year highest school level completed
Prior educational achievements
Date of birth
Language spoken at home
Country of birth
Training contract details
Status and date of effect
Previous training contract identifier
Credit for prior training
Type of employment arrangement
Level of Education (ASCED)
Nominal duration (months)
Registered training organisation identifier
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.