Check out our collection of resources below. Make sure to check back as new content will be added regularly.

Latest NCVER Publications

Read the latest publications from NCVER wrapping up 2020.

NCVER December Newsletter

Read the latest updates in work-based education, VET, new VET data and much more.

Insights Snapshot COVID-19 Learning Experiences | The Smith Family

As COVID-19 has unfolded, The Smith Family has been seeking to understand how the pandemic is affecting the lives of the students and families we work with every day.  The Smith Family has collated a set of observations drawn directly from families, schools, and their teams on the ground in vulnerable communities, to gain insight into the capacity of children and young people to continue their schoolwork, despite disruption and uncertainty.

Mission Australia Youth Survey

Each year Mission Australia conducts a survey with young people aged 15-19. The main report includes a breakdown by state and Territory. There are also two specific reports (with the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people; and comparing major cities and regional areas).

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – Webinar Series

17 December 2020 will mark the 30th Anniversary of Australia’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). In this webinar series, the Children’s Policy Centre brings together researchers and advocates to ask how far we have come and how far we have to go in securing the human rights of children in Australia.

VET Qualification Completion Rates 2018

This publication presents completion rates for nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications; namely training package qualifications and accredited qualifications, at certificate I or above. This publication presents the first observed actual completion rates for nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications collected under total VET activity, that is, for qualifications that commenced in 2015. Completion rates are projected for subsequent years.

Youth Policy Synthesis: Young People’s Recommendations for Victoria

Young people are a key stakeholder in every single decision made by the Victorian Government, precisely because young people have to live with the consequences of these decisions for the longest period of time.

This synthesis brings together the voices of thousands of young people who have generously shared their experiences and recommendations over a significant period of time. They have genuine and valuable insights into life as a young person in Victoria and a keen understanding of what needs to change.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Victorian labour market and the implications for young people

In this webinar for careers practitioners and school staff, Ivan Neville, from the Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch, National Skills Commission provides information on the impact of COVID-19 on the Victorian labour market, and the implications for young people.

How Work Works Intro Video: NCLLEN

As part of “How Work works: Getting young people employment in our growing industries” 258 young people completed a survey about career pathways they were interested in.

Bendigo Foodshare: Youth Poverty Research

Supporting young people has never been more important, as they navigate their way through these challenging times. Through this study, young people share their experiences, ideas and recommendations on how best to do this.

Education: Demographics Shaping Northern Victoria

See recent report gives an insight into the demographics shaping Northern Victoria.

Food, Fibre and Our Future 2020 Report

Many primary and high school students across Australia are still finding it difficult to distinguish where much of their food and fibre comes from. In-depth analysis by the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) has found a third of students don’t know that yoghurt comes from a cow or that their denim jeans come from a cotton plant.

Raising Expectations Newsletter #14 –Workshops, webinars and resources for young people, parents and carers

All over Victoria and across the child and family services sector, there is a huge amount of new resources, education supports, exciting events and other opportunities to meet the varied needs of children, young people and families.

Raising Expectations share some of the latest ones with you!

The New CoGB Economic Development Strategy 2020-2030 Has Been Released

A stronger Greater Bendigo 2030 – where all people can thrive is Greater Bendigo’s Economic Development Strategy 2020-2030.

The Strategy targets better and more sustainable businesses and jobs; improved health and wellbeing; strengthened skills and education levels; and actions that improve the environment and tackle climate change.

What Future? Inquiry into Youth Employment and Transitions: The National Youth Commission Australia’s Interim Findings Report, August 2020

The idea for this National Youth Commission Australia Inquiry was conceived in 2016, when it was becoming more and more obvious

that despite Australia’s apparent prosperity, the prospects for young people leaving school and entering the workforce had been

steadily worsening for decades. This was evident in the everyday life and experiences of young people, their families, schools, and the

community. It was backed up in trend reports and analysis coming out of government sources, the nation’s think tanks and universities.

Employers’ experiences hiring job seekers with disability

Through the annual Survey of Employers’ Recruitment Experiences (SERE), more than 14,000 employers provide information about their local jobs market, including recruitment issues and competition for vacancies. The survey results also identify practical information about what employers are looking for in applicants and how job seekers can better connect with employment opportunities.

The survey runs throughout the year, covering all 51 Employment Regions in Australia. In 2017, the Department approached a subset of employers responding to the SERE with supplementary questions about their experiences hiring people with disability.

Impact of COVID-19 on National and State Labour Markets, and the implications for young people – WEBINAR

Webinar last week presented by Ivan Neville, Labour Market Analysis Branch, National Skills Institute on the impact of COVID-19 on national and state labour markets, and the implications for young people, including those leaving school early

Professional Learning Resources

Please see below the link to more of the Department’s career education professional learning resources.

Passions & Pathways Bendigo Pottery Virtual Tour

Bendigo Pottery is Australian owned and operated and is Australia’s oldest working pottery. Established in 1858 the pottery has operated continuously from the current site in Epsom since 1863. Bendigo Pottery has the most significant collection of ceramic wood fired kilns left in the world.

On the site is a large factory which continues to make all the Bendigo Pottery product using a range of different production techniques including hand throwing, slip casting, jolleying and pressing. In addition to the factory, Bendigo Pottery is a large tourist complex with many things to see and do.

The skills and thrills digital parents shows is now available to view

This 25 minute video is engaging and informative and was created to highlight vocational education and training (VET) and the success stories that emanate from VET pathways.

The Digital Parents Showcase will help parents better understand vocational pathways, including apprenticeships/traineeships and school-based apprenticeships/ traineeships and give parents the knowledge they need to help their children make informed career choices.

The New Work Standard: how young people are engaging with flexible work


During 2020, the global pandemic COVID-19 has seen Australia, like many other nations across the world, struggling to forecast what the future of work will look like given the pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of how we live, learn and earn. 


Lone female boilermaker MacKenzie Gulland hoping more women will join her

For MacKenzie Gulland, life as a boilermaker means long hours, hard work and, statistically, being a fish out of water.

Ms Gulland, 19 and in the second year of her apprenticeship, is to her knowledge the only female boilermaker in Kununurra, 3,000km north of Perth in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

While working in a male-dominated industry is nothing new, she hoped a push to boost the number of women in trades roles would start to deliver results.

Bring your Career to life: choose horticulture

The video follows the journey of a disengaged young office worker who is whisked away and taken on a tour of the world of horticulture by a charismatic plant. They journey through the many different sectors within the industry; from growers and nurseries to garden centres and botanic gardens; exploring the rich variety of workplaces and job opportunities on offer. The story highlights the incredible diversity and opportunity that our industry has to offer; and culminates with the lead character realising that it’s time to bring her career to life by choosing horticulture.

Slack-in-the-System: the economic cost of under-employment

Identifying and addressing the problems within our economic system that pre-date the COVID-19 pandemic will be vital for our economic recovery. High and growing underemployment was a significant factor in holding down wages and contributing to a frightening lack of productivity growth in the decade or so before this crisis hit; recognising it as particularly damaging to young workers is vital in reaching a post-COVID-19 social settlement.

BGKLLEN New Work Order in the VCAL online teacher toolkit

Developed through a co-design process with BGKLLEN partner schools and students, the toolkit is comprised of five learning modules and has all the information required for educators to read the reports and facilitate meaningful activities and conversations.

Career resources for teachers and practitioners

Local Mallee Career Videos

25 years of LSAY: research from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth

25 years of LSAY: Infographic

VET for secondary school students: post-school employment and further training destinations

NCVER NEWS 2019: latest student outcomes, industry updates and more


The objective of InnoKids is to equip primary school children with social entrepreneur skills, leadership skills and teamwork skills that ready them for the world of work.

NCVER Apprentice and trainee experience and destinations 2019 report

Addressing the growing human skills gap: recruit or retrain?

Those Who Disappear

Goldfields LLEN Outcome Report, November 25

Addressing Regional Disadvantage – Loddon Campaspe Fact Sheet

Addressing Regional Disadvantage Through Infrastructure – Assessment Framework Report

Background Paper – The role of infrastructure in addressing regional disadvantage in Victoria

Schools failing to push vocational pathways

Future careers less certain for today’s young people

Generation gap: Ensuring a fair go for younger Australians

Today’s young Australians are falling behind. If low wage growth and fewer working hours is the new normal, we could have a generation emerge from young adulthood with lower living standards than the one before it at the same age.

Risks and rewards: When is vocational education a good alternative to higher education?

Some university students with low school results would be better off doing vocational education instead. Vocational diplomas in construction, engineering, and commerce typically lead to higher incomes than many low-ATAR uni graduates are likely to earn, especially those with degrees in science and humanities.

SWL Goldfields LLEN Mid-Year Report 2019

Goldfields LLEN Mid-Year Report 2019

Generation Z: Life at 17 – Infographic

Bendigo youth unemployment a focus as city, business, formulates 10 year economic strategy

Co-production: Putting principles into practice in mental health contexts

Mental Health Services in brief 2018

Smashing the Avocado debate: Australia’s youth unemployment hotspots

Career Related Learning in Primary

Improving the employment prospects of young job seekers

One Plus One: Michelle Simmons

One of the world’s leading scientists, Michelle Simmons is at the forefront of what she terms the “space race of the computing era” – building a quantum computer that can solve problems in minutes that would otherwise take thousands of years. She reflects on her time as 2018 Australian of the Year.

Survey Report: Skilling: A National Imperative

Young people in education and training

Presented here is a summary of statistics relating to young people aged 15 to 19 years who participated in education and training with an Australian provider during the year. Information on participation is presented for school students, higher education students, apprentices and trainees, and vocational education and training (VET) students.

Student Reflections Report

Dr Graeme Harvey was commissioned by Goldfields LLEN to undertake an evaluation of the first six years of the Passions and Pathways program.

Goldfields LLEN: Data Update 2018-2024

The Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network Inc. (GLLEN) commissioned research and editing to update details of the 2014 Environmental Scan.

Included in this new document is the LLEN Network Youth Data, which was produced by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (National Economics).

‘Capabilities’ needed to prepare students for an uncertain world, new report urges

A new report from the Mitchell Institute calls for rapid government action to boost capabilities across all stages of learning.

The report, ‘The capable country: Cultivating capabilities in Australian education’, examines the capabilities that are developed alongside content knowledge – “what it looks like to be a curious, creative, problem solving, team player.”

Inquiry into career advice activities in Victorian schools

National Skills Week Snapshots

Celebrate Australia’s national skills week by exploring our daily snapshots along with suggested further readings, related reports and data.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: the implications of technological disruption for Australian VET

Disruptive technologies are influencing the demand for skills in many occupations. This report provides insights into the potential implications for vocational education and training (VET) of ‘disruptive technologies’ associated with Industry 4.0 from the perspective of industry (technology users) and innovators (technology producers).

Internet job postings: preliminary skills analysis

NCVER has licensed access to Australian internet job postings data collected by Burning Glass Technologies. This data is sourced from job ads posted on various websites and provides information on the number and types of jobs available, as well as the required and desirable skills requested by employers.

Smashing through science’s glass ceiling

From a schoolgirl who studied science to meet boys, Professor Frances Separovic became the first female chemistry professor in Victoria. Now she champions young women in science.

Australian Jobs

Australian Jobs, which presents an overview of the labour market, is available as the complete 48 page report in accessible PDF format. In addition, the Occupation Matrix is available as an Excel spreadsheet and PDF.

Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education

Dropping Out: The Benefits and Costs of Going to University

Sareena Hopkins: Building Career Resilience

Youth Arrivals to Victoria Infographic

Future job openings by industry and occupation

Mapping Youth Unemployment Hotspots

Improving participation and success in VET for disadvantaged learners

From school to VET: choices, experiences and outcomes

The Early Years: Career Development for Young Children – A Guide for Educators

The New Basics

Report by the Foundation for Young Australians

Skilling Australia Foundation

The New Work Smarts

The New Work Mindset

Preparing Young People for the Future of Work

Developing VET applied research: Steps towards enhancing VET’s role in the innovation system

Explaining the VET applied research developmental framework

VET applied research: driving VET’s role in the innovation system

Lightning Reef Primary School, Specimen Hill Primary School and Eaglehawk Primary School 

Choosing VET: Aspirations, intentions and choice

In their words: student choice in training markets – Victorian examples

Choosing VET: investigating the VET aspirations of school students

Student Voices: What young people are saying about VET

Case Study: Structured Workplace Learning 2016-17

Identifying work skills: international approaches

LGA Youth Disengagement and Unemployment Data

Unemployment by Age Gender Education & Birthplace 2016

Youth Disengagement by gender age and birthplace 2016

Youth Disengagement by Gender Age Education and Children ever born 2016