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Explore VET enrolment and completion data

Compare VET enrolment and completion numbers for women and men in STEM fields, non-STEM fields and health fields.

Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) 2020b

Data insights

The number of women and men enrolled in vocational education and training (VET) declined over the period from 2015 to 2018 in all STEM fields. However, the proportion of women in VET STEM course enrolments was steady at 15%.

Reflecting lower enrolments across all STEM fields, the number of women and men completing VET STEM qualifications also decreased over this period. However, despite the decrease in numbers, the proportion of women completing VET STEM qualifications rose by 3 percentage points over this period.

From 2015 to 2018, ‘Natural and physical sciences’ was the only VET STEM field where women consistently made up the majority of enrolments and completions.

Similar to university STEM enrolments, women showed low participation in ‘Engineering and related technologies’ in VET STEM enrolments. Enrolments of women in this field made up 10% or less of enrolments since 2015.

Understanding the data

VET studies include qualifications at the Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma level. All numbers shown are for domestic students only—Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents and Australian humanitarian visa holders. Completion counts refer to women completing qualifications in a particular calendar year.

Enrolment and completion numbers across years do not represent longitudinal data and should not be used to determine attrition rates.

Read more about our methodology and this data.