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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 VET Teacher Training and Foundation Skills please visit the respective pages.

Information sourced from the most recently available Skills Forecast, the Education IRC's 2019 Skills Forecast.

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

IRC and Skills Forecasts

The Education IRC was not required to submit an annual update to their 2019 Skills Forecast during 2020. As such, the version published in 2019 remains the most recently published Skills Forecast for this industry.

Education IRC’s

Training snapshot

Program enrolments in Education-related qualifications have risen overall between 2015 and 2019. Enrolments peaked in 2019 at approximately 132,930, following the previous peak in 2018 of around 99,130.

Program completions have fluctuated between 2015 and 2019, with an overall increase in completions across the period. Completions were lowest in 2018 at approximately 25,970 and peaked in 2019 at around 50,200.

Between 2015 and 2019 the majority of Education-related subjects were delivered as part of a nationally recognised program. In 2019, less than 10% 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.
Updated: 24 Nov 2020
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