Statistics and the WA data standard

Statistics and the WA data standard

The Department collects and reports a range of statistical information to track engagement and measure the outcomes of vocational education and training in Western Australia. Funded training providers are required to report enrolment activity according to the rules of the Western Australian VET enrolment data standard, which incorporates the full national standard (AVETMISS for providers) plus additional State requirements.

VET enrolment data

The Key VET enrolment statistics report shows a summary of all training funded by or through the Department, including funding categories, age group, disability status, level of education and training provider. Please note that VET enrolment data is not directly comparable with the apprenticeship and traineeship contracts data available below – the two different data sources are not statistically compatible and should not be combined.


Student satisfaction survey

The Student Satisfaction Survey is used to measure the quality of service provided by Western Australia's TAFE colleges and to gain a better understanding of their customers and their needs. The latest (2016) survey shows 88.9% of students were satisfied with their course, up significantly from 87.8% in 2015. Students experience the highest levels of satisfaction with the quality of lecturers (88.4%), the reputation of their training provider (84.9%) and the facilities available at the training provider (84.8%).

The three most important factors when choosing where to study were the location of the training provider (30.2%), the flexible course options (11.5%), and the reputation of the training provider (10.6%).

TAFE courses are becoming more flexible with online learning. 71.5% of students reported that their course has an online component, up from 63.6% two years ago.

For more information on the student satisfaction rates, you can read the Student satisfaction survey 2016: WA State report. To request reports from previous years, please use our online enquiry form.


Apprentice and trainee contract data and reports

Apprenticeship and traineeship statistical reports are published in December, March, June and September of each year.

If you would like to see reports from previous years or periods, please email your request to

  • Quick stats summary

    The Quick stats summary report shows apprentice and trainee commencements and in training figures including gender, school based, and metro/rural.

  • Completions by region

    The Completions by region report shows the number of apprenticeships and traineeships completed in the last 12 months compared with the two previous 12 month periods. The data breaks down into the categories; gender, age, and metro/rural.

  • In training by trade

    The In training by trade category report shows the in training totals and percentage distribution across all trade categories for apprentices and trainees, comparing the current totals with those at 12 months and 24 months prior.

  • Commencements/completions by region and trade

    The Commencements and completions by region and trade category report shows the number of apprentice and trainee commencements and completions for the last 12 months compared with the two previous 12 month periods, according to trade category and the region of the employer's worksite (metro/rural).

  • Commencements by qualification

    The Commencements by qualification report shows all apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications for the last three 12 month periods, ranked by the number of commencements in the last 12 months.

Page last updated December 20, 2017