NCVER stands for the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. It is an Australian government-owned research organization that serves as the central authority for collecting, managing, and analyzing data on vocational education and training (VET) in Australia.

Established in 1981, NCVER operates under the jurisdiction of the Australian federal, state, and territory governments. Its primary role is to provide high-quality research, statistics, and data to inform policy development, support evidence-based decision-making, and enhance the understanding of the VET sector.

NCVER collects data from VET providers across Australia through the implementation of the AVETMISS (Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard) data standard. This data includes information on students, courses, qualifications, completions, and employment outcomes.

The organization analyzes this data to produce a wide range of reports, publications, and statistics on various aspects of VET, including student participation, completion rates, industry trends, and the effectiveness of VET programs. These research outputs help policymakers, educators, and stakeholders in the VET sector make informed decisions and improve the quality and relevance of VET offerings.

NCVER also conducts research projects and collaborates with other research institutions to investigate emerging issues, evaluate VET policies and programs, and identify areas for improvement within the sector. It plays a crucial role in promoting evidence-based practices and supporting the ongoing development of VET in Australia.

In addition to its research and data analysis functions, NCVER provides services such as data management, data linkage, and technical support to VET providers and government agencies. It serves as a trusted source of information on VET in Australia and contributes to the overall improvement of the VET system through its research and data expertise.