Profiling Institutional Diversity across the Australian VET Sector

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Ruth Schubert
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The briefing report covers the findings of a collaborative research project aimed at portraying in a novel and transparent way, the institutional diversity of providers in the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. The research team adapted an approach previously used by LH Martin Institute in 2013 to profile the diversity of Australian universities.

The results of this research highlight the significant diversity existing across 35 providers out of the 100 largest VET providers invited to participate. Each institutional profile covers four dimensions: Teaching and Learning; Student Profile; International Orientation; and Applied Research, Industry Collaborations and Partnerships. A fifth aspect of the diversity discussion covers the governance arrangements across jurisdictions. This highlights the different governance arrangements between States/Territories, and between public and private providers.

The results show that the 35 providers fall into one of 5 major groupings, and that these types are represented across the States and Territories, with clear differences in the sample between public and private providers.

The LH Martin Institute along with partner organisation NCVER endeavoured to shift the discussion of diversity to a more considered level, and move beyond speculation and assumption to examine the form and diversity of the largest providers of publicly funded VET. This endeavour has been supported by the two leading industry associations of TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET).

The LH Martin Institute would like to thank Toni Cavallaro and Phil Loveder from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) for their advice, support, and provision of NCVER data. We would also like to thank the project reference group for their involvement and advice, in alphabetical order: Rod Camm, Toni Cavallaro, Hamish Coates, Larry Davies, Neil Fernandes, Jeff Gunningham, Phil Loveder, Bruce Mackenzie, John Maddock, Elizabeth McGregor, Peter Noonan, Martin Riordan, Brendan Sheehan, Robin Shreeve, and Helen Zimmerman. Finally, we wish to thank the 35 Registered Training Organisations who completed our institutional survey and allowed us to utilise their 2014 NCVER data for our analyses.


Associate Professor Ruth Schubert, Dr Peter Bentley, and Professor Leo Goedegebuure.


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