NCVER News #342 17 December 2014


Transitions of young Australians continue to change

If you’re looking for a snapshot of recent research and data on young people in Australia, take a look at Youth transitions in Australia: a moving picture. Incorporating a summary from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth annual report, it includes:

  • How students’ aspirations affect educational outcomes.
  • The importance of schools in transition to post-school study and academic success.
  • Data on post-school qualifications and employment.

For more information:

Youth transitions in Australia: a moving picture

Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) annual report 2013

 Does scored VET in Schools help or hinder access to higher education in Victoria?

Developed to offer another pathway to university, VET in Schools programs were broadened in the early 2000s to enable subjects to be scored and therefore count towards both nationally recognised training and university entrance score. This important study is the first attempt to examine any impacts of taking a scored VET subject. 

 Entry to vocations: building the foundations for successful transitions

How can VET in Schools programs be strengthened to provide young people with vital pathways to careers? This report brings together key findings from three years of research and highlights important themes and structural changes for strengthening VET in Schools which have been tested with stakeholders from government, boards of study, industry, schools and VET providers.

 Young people in education and training 2013

How many and where are young people, aged 15 to 19, studying? While the overall participation rate in education and training remained steady in 2013 at 81.3%, fewer young people took part in vocational education and training (VET) with more opting for higher education. This statistical publication provides data on VET in Schools students, school students, higher education students, apprentices and trainees and other students who undertake publicly funded VET.

NCVER has also published VET in Schools data and key performance and program measures for school-aged youth in vocational education and training 2013.

Call for papers for 2015 National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’

Researchers, VET practitioners and industry representatives are invited to present at the 24th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ on 6-8 July 2015 in Sydney.

Co-hosted with the University of Western Sydney and TAFE NSW’s South Western Sydney and Western Sydney Institutes, the conference will highlight (but is not limited to) research across three themes:

  • Youth: engaging, inspiring and supporting students to realise their potential
  • Pathways: transitioning through education and training into the workforce
  • Skills: working with industry and employers to improve education and training

Submissions close 16 February 2015.

For more information and details about how to submit an abstract

Final reminder for RTO’s

Time is fast approaching to 27 February 2015 when registered training organisations (RTOs) have to report their 2014 accredited training activity. If you’re unsure how to validate and submit your data, NCVER has developed a factsheet that sets out where, when and how to report AVETMISS data. You can also contact NCVER’s Client Support team by phone (08 8230 8400 or 1800 649 452) or via email ( (noting NCVER’s offices will be closed from 3pm ACDT on Wednesday 24 December, reopening 8.45am ACDT Monday 5 January 2015).

During this time, NCVER’s AVETMISS Validation Software (AVS) and Data Entry Tool (DET) will be available but note our office closure hours. If you have any difficulties using either AVS or DET during this time, please email and outline the issue. A member of the team will follow-up from Monday 5 January 2015.

Last chance to have your say

The National Foundation Skills Strategy Project survey closes this Friday 19 December. If you teach or help people develop their English language, literacy, numeracy or employability skills in Australia don’t miss this opportunity to provide feedback.

Take the survey now 


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