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This page provides high level information and data on the Education industry, and in particular the Training and Education (TAE) and Foundation Skills (FSK) Training Packages. These two training packages are critical elements of the Australian training system, playing central roles in the training of all learners that engage in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The TAE Training Package contains the qualifications and units that prepare trainers and assessors to deliver VET. It is therefore fundamental to providing the workforce for the sector and plays a role in the experience provided to all VET learners. The FSK Training Package specialises in supporting and preparing learners to access education and work opportunities, allowing for pathways into vocational training that would not otherwise be available. The FSK also allows foundation skills support whilst undertaking vocational or on-the-job training.

For more information on data specific to Foundation Skills and VET Teacher Training please visit the respective pages.

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

Training snapshot

Program enrolments in Education-related qualifications have risen overall between 2016 and 2020. Enrolments peaked in 2019 at approximately 132,990 before falling to around 103,800 in 2020.

Program completions have fluctuated between 2016 and 2020, with an overall increase in completions across the period. Completions were lowest in 2018 at approximately 25,990, peaked in 2019 at around 50,900 and fell in 2020 to 36,060.

Between 2016 and 2020 the majority of Education-related subjects were delivered as part of a nationally recognised program. In 2020, less than 8% of Education-related subjects were not delivered as part of a nationally recognised program.

Links and resources

Data sources and notes

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET Students and Courses from the following training packages or qualifications:

  • FSK Foundation Skills Training Package
  • TAA Training and Education Training Package
  • TAE Training and Education Training Package.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2016 to 2020 program enrolments
  • 2016 to 2020 subject enrolments
  • 2016 to 2020 program completions.


Total VET students and courses data is reported for the calendar year. Program enrolments are the qualifications, courses and skill-sets in which students are enrolled in a given period. For students enrolled in multiple programs, all programs are counted. Program completion indicates that a student has completed a structured and integrated program of education or training. Location data uses student residence. Subject enrolment is registration of a student at a training delivery location for the purpose of undertaking a module, unit of competency or subject. For more information on the terms and definitions, please refer to the Total VET students and courses: terms and definitions document.

Low counts (less than 5) are not reported to protect client confidentiality.

Updated: 16 Dec 2021
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