Australian vocational education and training (VET) data looks at enrolment and completion rates for women and men, by field of education. This includes STEM courses in ‘Agriculture, environmental and related studies’, ‘Engineering and related technologies’, ‘Information technology’ and ‘Natural and physical sciences.
VET enrolment and completion
Compare VET enrolment and completion numbers for women and men in STEM fields, non-STEM fields and health fields.
The number of women and men who enrolled in STEM vocational education and training increased by 5.2% in 2019. This rise follows declining numbers from 2015 to 2018. However, the proportion of women was 15%, the same as the previous year.
The number of women and men completing VET STEM qualifications decreased from 2015 to 2019. However, the proportion of women completing VET STEM qualifications rose by 3 percentage points over the same period.
Enrolments in ‘Agriculture, environmental and related studies’ showed an increase in the number and proportion of women. This resulted in the highest proportion of women in 2019 in this subject of all years in the data. Women made up 29% of enrollees.
Similar to university STEM enrolments, when considering VET STEM enrolments women had low participation in ‘Engineering and related technologies’. Women have made up 10% or less of enrolments in this field since 2015.
The proportion of women completing ‘Information and technology’ in 2019 was 2 percentage points greater than the previous year. This was still lower than in 2015 (34% in 2015, compared to 33% in 2019).
From 2015 to 2019, ‘Natural and physical sciences’ was the only VET STEM field where women consistently made up the majority of enrolments and completions (between 61% and 66%).
About the data
VET qualifications in this data range from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma.
Enrolment and completion numbers refer to women and men completing qualifications in a particular calendar year. They cover domestic students only—Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents and Australian humanitarian visa holders.
Enrolment and completion numbers across years do not represent longitudinal data. You should not use them to determine attrition rates.
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