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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

There was a large spike in enrolments in Education related programs during 2019 - up to nearly 133,000 from around 99,130 in the previous year. In 2020 enrolments dropped back to just over 103,800 then fell slightly again to approximately 101,020 in 2021.

Program completions also peaked in 2019 at around 50,870 - up from just under 26,000 in 2018, and fell back to approximately 38,200 by 2021.

Between 2017 and 2021, the majority of Education-related subjects were delivered as part of a nationally recognised program. In 2021, For example, in 2021 only around 8% of Education-related subjects were not delivered as part of a nationally recognised program.

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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:

  • 2017 to 2021 program enrolments
  • 2017 to 2021 subject enrolments
  • 2017 to 2021 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: 28 Nov 2022
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