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These links pages are designed to help AVETRA members and other researchers find information they need. It contains a wide range of links from both Australia and overseas

Research, statistical and other information sources


Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is Australia’s official statistical organisation. Its aim is to assist and encourage informed decision-making, research and discussion within governments and the community, by providing a high quality, objective and responsive national statistical service. The website provides access to a wide range of statistical information about Australia and Australians some of which is freely available or available for purchase online.

Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies

The Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS) provides information products and services for those working in the youth field and for anyone with an interest in youth.

Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET)

ADCET is a web based information source that provides up to date, accurate and comprehensive information about inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies, accommodations and support services for people with disabilities in post secondary education and training.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

This web site is produced by the Australian Qualifications Framework Advisory Board as a means of providing access to information about the AQF, a unified system of thirteen national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training and the higher education sector. It has a link to the 3rd edition on-line version of the AQF Implementation Handbook; Learning pathways; AQF and schools; AQF and employment and others.

Australian Training Products (ATP)

Leading workplace learning and resource providers, IBSA and Futura Group, are excited to announce they are joining together to create a new entity, Australian Training Products.The move is the opportunity to create better, more comprehensive options for the vocational education and training sector as a whole, as well as the current and future professionals within.

Directory of Education and Training Statistics (Australia)

This information can be found by clicking on the Data Sources link on the home page of the National Centre for Education and Training Statistics. This directory is a guide to the range of national statistical resources relating to education and training issues available in Australia. It is designed to assist users to identify publicly available data collections and publications. Generally, this directory is limited to only national collections due to the sheer size of the task of identifying all State and Territory or local collections. The directory covers all national ABS statistical collections produced during the 1990s which have education and training as a direct focus. It also includes a range of other national ABS data collections where the primary focus is not education and training, but which never-the-less contain data relevant to education and training.


The home page for EdNA (Education Network Australia), it houses and links to thousands of school/higher education/adult community education/vocational education and training resources in Australia and overseas. It includes background information about EdNA and its current activities, access to discussion lists, online forums and chats, projects, conferences and events along with a number of tools for use by the Australian education community.

National Centre for Education and Training Statistics

The National Centre for Education and Training Statistics was established in July 2000. The role of the Centre is to provide timely and relevant data covering a wide range of education and training issues, and to coordinate the development and provision of national statistics in the field of education and training. The website contains futher information about the Centre, its Data Sources, Latest Projects and Contact details.

National Training Information Service

The National Training Information Service has been developed by ANTA to provide access to current and emerging training market information and products in vocational education and training. Currently, the NTIS comprises a database of VET accredited courses; competency standards; Training Packages and training providers and text information on a range of complementary issues.

Statistical Clearing House (Australia)

The Statistical Clearing House is the central clearance point for all Australian Commonwealth Government surveys involving 50 or more businesses. The aim of the clearance process is to reduce the burden placed on businesses in completing Commonwealth Government surveys by eliminating duplication and ensuring that good practice is followed when designing and conducting business surveys. More information about the Clearinghouse and its role along with access to the Business Surveys Register and other Reference Materials may be found on the website.



ERIC – Educational Resources Information Center

The core function of ERIC is to provide a centralised bibliographic database of journal articles and other published and unpublished education materials, including vocational education and training information. The database is enhanced by the availability of free full text and electronic links to commercial sources and ease of use and up-to-dateness. The website provides links to the ERIC database search, the ERIC subject specific clearinghouses and ERIC resources.

Eurostat- European Commission

Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European Communities, established in 1953. Its mission is to gather and analyse figures from the different European statistics offices in order to provide comparable and harmonised data to the European Institutions so they can define, implement and analyse Community policies.

FedStats – the gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies

FedStats is the new window on the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government.

Global Statistics (UNESCO) – national statistics offices for Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania

This section of UNESCO’s National Statistics Office website provides links to the national organisations in the countries represented by the regions that are responsible for the collection and reporting of statistics.

National Statistics Online – United Kingdom

This is the UK’s home of official statistics, reflecting Britain’s economy, population and society at national and local level. Summary stories and detailed data releases are published here free of charge. Information on the website is primarily arranged by themes such as Commerce, Energy and Industry; Economy; Education and Training; Social and Welfare. There are also links to latest release information and latest news.

OECD Statistics

The Statistics Directorate provides economic statistics on a comparable basis for the analytical work of the OECD, promotes and develops international statistical standards and co-ordinates statistical activities both within the Organisation and with other international agencies.

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country-its population, resources, economy, society and culture.

Statistics New Zealand

Statistics New Zealand (Te Tari Tatau is its Mäori name) is a government department and New Zealand’s national statistical office. It administers the Statistics Act 1975, and is the country’s major source of official statistics. The website provides links to products and services, statistical methods, contact details, main indicators and more indepth information within 5 themes: people and society; enconomy; environment; statistics by area; census.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics is the statistical branch of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). The website has a wide range of statistical information based around its core themes of Education, Literacy, Culture and Communication, and Science and Technology.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the US Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

U.S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the U.S. and other nations. There is comprehensive information available on the web site covering the Center’s survey and program areas, the electronic catalogue (publications), education statistics at a glance, quick tables and figures, data tools, center staff and fast facts

WIFO’s gateway to vocational education research in Europe

Provides access to a large number of predominantly European sites including: knowledge bases on research results in European VET; networks & events of VET research in Europe; overview of European VET research projects; tool box for European VET research.

European Training Foundation (ETF)

The ETF is the EU agency promoting innovative practice in human resources development for societies and economies in transition. The website contains comprehensive information about the education systems in South Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the Mediterranean Region. Other links are provided to more information about the ETF, priority areas and publications and to Key Indicators of the vocational education and training systems in these regions.

Future of Work – New Zealand Department of Labour

The Department of Labour’s Future of Work programme is designed to help all New Zealanders get better information to make decisions about their working futures. The website is designed to help answer the users questions, to provide the user with easy access to current research and resources, and provide up-to-date information on new research and trends. It has sections providing further information about the changing economy; changing workplace; changing workforce; work/life balance and skills, education and training.

Associations and interest groups


Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

The Australian Association for Research in Education [AARE] is an association of academics engaged in and reporting education research into schools, higher education, learning, teaching, teachers and students. This web site contains writings, conference papers, academic journal, news, information, results, findings, effects, scholarship, literature, data and analyses of education.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

ACCI is the peak council of Australian business associations. The role of ACCI is to represent the interests of business at a national level as well as internationally. The site also contains links to affiliated chambers in each state and territory.

Australian College of Educators

The Australian College of Educators advances the education profession nationally across all sectors and levels for the individual and collective success of Australia’s educators.

Adult Learning Australia Inc (ALA)

Adult Learning Australia promotes and fosters the value of learning. It has a very varied membership, reflecting the extraordinary diversity of adult learning, which includes adult educators in universities, TAFEs, and community education providers. The web site provides links to the latest news; publications; events; projects; special interest groups and general adult learning links.


AUSTAFE is a constituted national association of TAFE managers whose executive consists of representatives from each of the State or Territory Chapters. The website provides information about AUSTAFE Inc and the services on offer to its members

Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

Established in 1992 and with over 400 member organisations, ACPET is now the largest body representing the private education and training sector in Australia.. The web site is predominantly set up for members of the Council but it does provide limited information for non-members to access such as information about ACPET, details of their national conference, contact details and a weekly E-Tech Newsletter (in PDF).

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

The ACTU represents around 1.8 million workers, and is the only peak council and national centre representing the Australian workforce.

Australian Education Union (AEU)

The Australian Education Union has a membership of 155,000 educators who work in public schools, colleges, early childhood and vocational settings in all states and territories of Australia. Members include teachers and allied educational staff, principals and administrators mainly in government school and TAFE systems.

Australian Industry Group (AiG)

The Australian Industry Group began in 1873 as the Metal Trades Industry Association (MTIA). Ai Group is a not-for-profit association that was created to assist Australian industry to become more competitive on a domestic and international level. Our focus has been predominantly in manufacturing with continued growth in non-traditional sectors.

Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD)

AITD, formed in 1971, is the leading national association for the people involved in the training and human resource development professions. This web site has information that includes: About AITD; Latest news – online newsletter, divisional news, online journal, event calendar; a member’s section; useful links

Australian VET Teacher Education Colloquium

AVTEC is a group of people who are all involved with the preparation and development of VET professionals in Australia. It has participants from all the Australian Universities providing VET Teacher Education and also Staff Development personnel in the VET sector. The group would like to encourage a wider appreciation of the important part which teacher/trainer preparation and development plays in the VET sector, and the current issues affecting the role of those involved in this work.

Business Council of Australia (BCA)

The Business Council of Australia is an association of chief executives of leading Australian corporations with a combined national work force of more than 900,000 people. It was established in 1983 to provide a forum for Australian business leadership to contribute directly to public policy debates in order to build a better and more prosperous Australian society.

The purpose of the Business/Higher Education Round Table (B-HERT) is to pursue initiatives that will advance the goals and improve the performance of both business and higher education for the benefit of Australian society.

Business/Higher Education Round Table (B-HERT)

B-HERT is a forum where leaders of Australia’s business, research, professional and academic communities can examine important issues of common interest, to improve the interaction between Australian business and higher education institutions, and to guide the future directions of higher education.

Australian Flexible Learning Network

The Australian Flexible Learning Framework is designed to create and share knowledge about flexible learning and to support its take-up in the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)

HERDSA is a scholarly society for people committed to the improvement of teaching and learning in higher and tertiary education.

TAFE Directors Australia

TAFE Directors Australia is an association of Directors (Presidents) of Institutes of Technology and Technical and Further Education. The website provides access to more information about the association as well as links to media releases, submission documents, speeches and position papers.

TAFE NSW Managers’ Association

The TAFE NSW Managers Association Inc. was established in 1984. It is a professional association with a commitment to promoting excellence in vocational education and training

It offers professional support, but not industrial advocacy, for its members. It is the duly constituted NSW chapter of the Australian Association of Senior TAFE Managers ( AUSTAFE Inc.)

Victorian TAFE Association (VTA)

The VTA is Victoria’s peak employer body for the public providers of TAFE in Victoria. We have as our members all of Victoria’s TAFE Institutes and the four Victorian Multi-sector Universities.



American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)

AAACE provides leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives.

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy. AACC supports and promotes its member colleges through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research and information and strategic outreach to business and industry and the national news media.

The site contains: what’s new, membership information, government relations, communications, book store, career centre, resource centre and hot issues.

European Access Network (EAN)

EAN is the sharing of research and practice to facilitate action on access to higher education.

European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EFVET)

EFVET is a unique European-wide professional association which has been created by and for providers of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in all European countries. Its mission is to champion and enrich technical and vocational education and training through transnational co-operation by building a pan-European network of institutions and practitioners which will: promote quality and innovation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training throughout Europe develop collaboration, mutual co-operation and sharing of good practice; and give colleges a platform of influence in European TVET policy. Developed with the support of the European Commission and the European Institute of Education and Social Policy, EFVET is the only transnational organisation of this type for TVET. Its policy is determined by its member colleges and schools. It collaborates with, but is independent of all government and funding bodies. Its income is derived from membership subscription, grants and sponsorship.

Postsecondary International Network (PIN)

The purpose of PIN is to improve and expand the means by which the technical/community further education college serves its own community, and recognizing the community’s place in an international setting.


VET research centres


Assessment Research Centre (ARC), The University of Melbourne

This is the website of the Assessment Research Centre (ARC) which promotes change and improvement in the fields of assessment, reporting and applied measurement. The centre undertakes research, consultancies and development projects, and participates in higher and vocational training in both award and non-award programs. The site provides information on courses, scholarships, staff, research reports and CompAssess – an online assessment, recording and monitoring system.

Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training (ACIRRT)

The Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training (ACIRRT) is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation committed to making a difference to the Australian workplace through research, training and by sharing its ideas and findings with others. The web site provides information on: staff, services, conferences, research, publications and links.

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

This web site contains information about ACER, its press and products, testing services, library services, research programs, research capabilities and a section for information about visiting researchers. Contact details are provided for staff.

Centre for Labour Market Research (CLMR)

The Centre for Labour Market Research was founded in 1984 and is a consortium of Curtin University of Technology, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia. Its objectives are to: further the knowledge and understanding of labour markets and related issues, with special reference to Australian labour markets and other markets in the Asia Pacific Region. The site contains information about the Centre and contact details for staff.

Centre for Post-compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning (CPELL)

CPELL was established in early 2003 when the Centre for Human Resource Development and Training (CHRDT) was renamed. The work of Melbourne University’s Educational Outcomes Research Unit (EORU) and the Training Services Development Unit have also been integrated into the Centre. The website provides links to more information about each unit, their research projects and outcomes and the previous CHRDT.

Centre for Research in Education (CRed)

The Centre for Research in Education (CREd) was established to bring all of our research activity into one space to provide focus, scale, and coherence for our students, staff, and other stakeholders.

Researchers in the Centre for Research in Education advocate for a contexualised understandings of ‘education’ across the life-span including child-care, schools, training institutions, universities and sites of informal learning. ‘Education’ is essential for nation building, social cohesion, social justice, sustainability, identity formation, and economic development.

Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET)

The Centre was established in 1992 by Monash University with the co-operation of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and reconstituted in 1994 as the Monash University-ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training. The Centre undertakes research, research training, consultancies and dissemination of research. This site contains information about the centre and its staff as well as its current and planned research projects, dissemination and training, publications, seminars and workshops.

Dusseldorp Skills Forum

The Dusseldorp Skills Forum (DSF) is an independent, not for profit body with a mission to achieve changes needed to enable all Australians to reach their potential. In particular, the Forum works co-operatively with communities, industry, government and non-government organisations to generate ideas, research, tools and information which will improve the learning and work transitions of young Australians. It finances its own work. The website provides links to the Forum’s papers, projects, tools and resources along with information about features and events, themes and links to other websites.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is Australia’s national vocational education and training research and development centre. NCVER is responsible for the collection of national vocational education and training statistics and for managing employer, student and graduate surveys relating to vocational education and training outcomes and performance. NCVER provides specialist research, development and evaluation services to government and industry clients as part of their core role and on a commercial consulting basis. The Centre manages the national VET research and evaluation program. NCVER publishes widely in print and on the web on all aspects of the VET sector: research findings, conference and discussion papers, a quarterly newsletter and regular statistical data on trainees, apprenticeships and TAFE graduates.

National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS)

This is the site of NILS, a labour studies research centre based at Flinders University in South Australia. NILS produces research and consulting in the following key areas: analysis of labour market developments at national, industry, occupational and regional levels; industrial relations and organisation; employment, unemployment and labour mobility; labour productivity and workplace performance; employee attitudes surveys; education and training; immigration and earnings and wage trends. The web pages contain information about NILS, its staff and publications, membership, research projects and related sites.

Research and Learning in Regional Australia (RLRA)

This centre (formerly known as Centre for Research and Learning in Regional Australia) was established in January 1997 under a three-year contract with the Australian National Training Authority. Research and Learning in Regional Australia conducts research into the process and outcomes of learning in regional communities throughout Australia, including the social and economic implications of change for learners, trainers, industries, businesses, funding bodies, policy makers and local communities. The site contains information about: the Centre itself; the staff; research projects; publications; topics; useful links; and latest news.

Centre for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL), Murdoch University

The Centre for University Teaching and Learning works collaboratively with the University’s Schools of Study to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. A major focus is the promotion of flexible learning and delivery methods including, where appropriate, the application of new technologies. The web site contains information about the Centre, the staff, the Centre’s work in a number of areas, educational technology and publications.


Bundesinstitut fuer Berufsbildung (BIBB) Federal Institute for Vocational Training

BIBB is an internationally recognised centre of expertise for research and development in the field of initial and continuing vocational training. The aims of its research, development and counselling activities are to identify the future functions of vocational training, to promote innovation in vocational training at German and international level and to develop new and practically viable solutions for use in initial and continuing training. The website provides information about BIBB, details, tasks, publications, training profiles, programs, events international projects and press releases. Home page is in German with a link to selected English information.

Centre d’etudes et de Recherches sur les Qualifications (Centre for Research on Education, Training and Employment)

The Centre for research on education, training and employment (Céreq) was set up in 1971. Its studies and statistical surveys on the training-employment relationship are intended to assist the public authorities (notably at the national and regional levels), the occupational branches and the social partners in developing and implementing their policies on vocational and educational training and human resources management. The website provides links to some English language information including Training & Employment quarterly newsletter aimed at informing the international community about the Centre’s research and other activities.

Centre for Labour Market Studies

The Centre based at the University of Leicester aims to consolidate CLMS as one of the leading international centres of research and teaching in the fields of employment and training; to produce research on labour market and training issues which contributes to academic knowledge and is of practical policy relevance; to produce and deliver courses on employment and training to the highest academic standards with the highest quality of support. The web site provides further information about the Centre along with links to their research program, online courses offered, staff details, training and HR links and publications. Working Papers are available in PDF.

Centre for the Economics of Education

The Centre for the Economics of Education was established in March 2000 and is sponsored by the Department for Education and Skills, and has been set up to undertake systematic and innovative research in the field of the economics of education. The three partners in the venture are the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Institute of Education. The web site provides further information about the Centre, its research program, the staff , related links and access to publications available online.

Center on Education and Work

The Center on Education and Work seeks to enhance the quality of career-related learning for all individuals in schools, colleges, and the workplace. Established in 1964 the Center for Education and Work (CEW) has a rich tradition of enabling educators to engage youth and adults in learning and career development that leads to productive careers. The Center undertakes research, development, and capacity-building technical assistance activities to strengthen the connections among educational institutions, workplaces, communities, and families. Further information about current projects, workshops and presentations and publications and resources may be found on the website.

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

IZA is a private, independent research institute, which conducts nationally and internationally oriented labor market research. Within a framework of six research areas, IZA focuses on original and internationally competitive research activities in all fields of labor economics. Research areas include: mobility and flexibility of labour; internationalisation of labour markets; welfare state and labour market; labour markets in transition countries; the future of labour; evaluation of labour market policies and projects. The web site provides more information about the Institute, staff involved, research, teaching, events and links to publications many of which are available online free of charge and in English.


Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET)

KRIVET is involved in conducting policy-oriented research on a national basis in the areas of vocational education and training, industrial labor policy, VET and the qualification system, and the development, provision and evaluation of vocational education and training programs. KRIVET is also engaged in a variety of international cooperative projects with other institutions similar in nature. Their web site provides further information about the Research Institute; a bulletin board; contact details; programs and projects; service information (publications) and links to related sites.

Learning and Skills Development Agency

Previously known as the Further Education Development Agency (FEDA), the Agency is now a strategic national resource for the development of policy and practice in post-16 education and training. The Agency also provides a comprehensive training and conference program for college personnel as well as managing a wide range of research and development projects and activities, working closely with the FE sector and other key education and training organisations. The web site provides information about the Agency’s projects and programmes; research and development; latest news; publications; key contacts; job vacancies and events.

London School of Economics & Political Science – Centre for Economic Performance

The Centre for Economic Performance is an interdisciplinary research centre at the London School of Economics. It was established in 1990 and makes claim to being one of the leading economic research groups in Europe. It studies the determinants of economic performance at the level of the company, the nation and the global economy by focusing on the major links between globalisation, technology and institutions (above all the educational system and the labour market) and their impact on productivity, inequality, employment and stability. There are four research programs: education and skills; labour markets; globalisation; technology and growth. The web site provides links to Centre sponsored events and seminars, information about the research program; staff working in the Centre, additional resources such as links to useful sites and links to publications produced by the Centre. /

National Centers for Career and Technical Education (NCCTE)

The site for the two US organisations: The National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education and The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education. It provides a wide range of information, including: projects, publications, activities, links, events, discussion groups and news.

Scottish Council for Research in Education (SCRE)

The Scottish Council for Research in Education is an independent research organisation, founded in 1928 to support education through research. SCRE operates as a company with limited liability and has charitable status. SCRE’s functions are to conduct educational research of the highest quality and to communicate the findings of research from across Scotland. SCRE provides access to its own research and that of others through a range of publications. It also responds to enquiries about research and maintains a computerised database of Scottish educational research (ERSDAT).


This is the site of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education Organisation (SEAMEO VOCTECH). VOCTECH is one of the 12 subordinate bodies of SEAMEO addressing educational, scientific and cultural issues affecting the member countries. VOCETECH’s mission is to strengthen the VTET systems in SEAMEO Member Countries by enhancing capabilities through collaborative efforts incorporating research and development, program initiatives, networks, partnerships, and information services, thereby contributing to the development of a world-class workforce.

The website contains information about their training services, research and consultancy services, facilities and publications.

UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre

From 1992 to 1999, UNEVOC was UNESCO’s International Project on Technical and Vocational Education. During 2000-01 the UNESCO International Programme on Technical and Vocational Education Training was implemented. A major activity of the programme has been the establishment of the International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training based in Bonn, Germany. The Bonn Centre also maintains a dedicated interactive TVET website which provides online information and technical assistance support for policy-makers, teachers and other members of the TVET community. It will be a research centre and a resource base for UNESCO’s TVET activities for its Member States. The website provides information about TVET, the Centre’s activities and its publications.


VET training authorities

State and territory

Australian Capital Territory

Skills Canberra

New South Wales

Training Services NSW

Northern Territory

Department of Training and Workforce Development 
Apprenticeship Office


The Department of Employment and Training

South Australia

Department of State Development


Skills Tasmania


The Office of Training and Tertiary Education of the Department of Education and Training

Western Australia

Department of Education and Training

New Zealand

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority provides national and international leadership in assessment and qualifications. They quality assure secondary and tertiary qualifications and education providers, evaluate overseas qualifications and administer the National Qualifications Framework, including the NCEA and the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications. The site also contains a useful links section related to NZ.


VET training providers

National Training Information Service

The National Training Information Service has been developed by ANTA to provide access to current and emerging training market information and products in vocational education and training. Currently, the NTIS comprises a database of VET accredited courses; competency standards; Training Packages and training providers and text information on a range of complementary issues.


TAFE systems and providers

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra Institute of Technology

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Charles Darwin University


South Australia


TAFE Tasmania


Western Australia




New Zealand

You can search for registered education providers by using this site. See About education organisations for information on education providers in New Zealand.


Government and other agencies


Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is Australia’s official statistical organisation. Its aim is to assist and encourage informed decision-making, research and discussion within governments and the community, by providing a high quality, objective and responsive national statistical service. The website provides access to a wide range of statistical information about Australia and Australians some of which is freely available or available for purchase online.

Department of Education Training (DEST)

The Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

Department of Jobs and Small Business 

The department aims to maximise the ability of unemployed Australians to find work, particularly those that face most severe barriers to work; and support strong employment growth and the improved productive performance of enterprises in Australia.



Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC)

CPSC, a specialised agency of the Colombo Plan, is an international, regional and inter-governmental organisation formed to enhance the quality of technician education in the member countries of the Colombo Plan. The web site contains information about the organisation, member countries, corporate plan, training programs, programmes, projects and activities, with contact details provided.

Department for Education and Skills (UK)

In June 2001, the DfEE was restructured to form the new Department for Education and Skills. This Department has responsibility for education, training and life-long learning. Employment is now the responsibility of the Department for Work, Family and Pensions. The home page for the DfES contains: departmental addresses; departmental information; gateways to further information for Adult learners, Employers, HE Students, Jobseekers, Parents, School Governors, Teachers and Young people; Publications database; News centre; Speeches; Consultations; and Links. This web site is the UK’s equivalent to DEST in Australia.

Department for Employment and Learning (Northern Ireland)

The Department is one of the key channels through which the Northern Ireland Executive is working towards a vision of a peaceful, inclusive, prosperous, stable and fair society. It is responsible for third level education, training and a range of employment measures, all aimed at giving people the skills, knowledge and opportunities to work. The web site contains links to fruther information about research and statistics, Modern Apprenticeships, Lifelong learning, media releases, publications, services, employment rights, education and the Training and Employment Agency.

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)

CEDEFOP is the European agency that assists policy-makers and practitioners of the European Commission, the Member States and social partner organisations across Europe make informed choices about vocational training policy. It is involved in promoting and developing vocational training of young people, and the continuing training of adults, primarily through European-wide co-ordination of analysis and research activities. The CEDEFOP website contains links to more detailed information about the Centre, current activities, the CEDEFOP directory, publications and the European Training Village.

European Commission Education & Training

The European Union is a forum for the exchange of ideas and good practice. It does not have a ‘common education policy’, nor a top-down approach. While each Member State remains responsible for the content and organisation of its education and training systems, the EU provides: Multinational education, training and youth partnerships; Exchange schemes and opportunities to learn abroad; Innovative teaching and learning projects; Networks of academic and professional expertise; A framework to address across-the-board issues, such as new technologies in education and the international recognition of qualifications; A platform for consensus, comparisons, benchmarking and policy-making. The web site is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, French and Italian. .

Solas (Ireland)

SOLAS is building a world class Further Education and Training (FET) sector to help fuel Ireland's future. Our Programmes are responsive to the needs of learners and the requirements of a changed and changing economy

International Labour Organization (ILO)

The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It formulates international labour standards. It provides technical assistance primarily in the fields of: vocational training and vocational rehabilitation; employment policy; labour administration; labour law and industrial relations; working conditions; management development; cooperatives; social security; labour statistics and occupational safety and health. The ILO’s website includes: a list of member countries, information resources, information on the ILO Structure, Constitution and Declaration, plus details of ILO publications and access to online databases.

International Training Centre of the ILO – Turin

Established in 1964 by the ILO and the Italian Government, the non-profit body, International Training Centre (ITC) in Turin, Italy, is the training arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO). More information about the Centre, its publications, documentation and training areas may be found on the website.

Education & Skills Funding Agency

The ESFA brings together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to create a single agency accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries, NGOs and civil society, it has a global reach. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation. Information on the the website may be browsed by topic which includes Ageing Society, Education, Economics, Employment and Social Issues. Access to Research and Statistics published by the OECD is available as well as secure online purchasing.

National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)

NIACE, a non-governmental organisation for adult learning, is an England and Wales body (within Wales a specialist committee, NIACE Cymru, oversees the organisation’s work). It works in all fields of UK education and training, including local authority-organised provision, the further education college sector, higher education in universities and colleges of HE, employment-led learning involving both employers and trade unions, learning in the voluntary sector and through the media, especially broadcasters. The website contains links to further information about Publications, Campaigns and Promotions, Projects and Research, Conferences, Information services.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)

QCA is the guardian of standards in education and training in England. It works with others to maintain and develop the school curriculum and associated assessments, and to accredit and monitor qualifications in schools, colleges and at work. The QCA provides advice to the Secretary of State about the school curriculum, about ways pupils and students are assessed and about qualifications in both general education and training. On the website more information is provided about the QCA and its mission and corporate goals along with links to national qualifications, curriculum and assessment, research and statistics, publications and latest news.

Scottish Further Education Funding Council

The Scottish Further Education Funding Council (SFEFC), established in 1999, distributes more than £400 million of public money each year to 46 of Scotland’s further education colleges. The main functions of the Council are: funding for colleges to secure adequate and efficient provision of further education; monitoring the financial health of the sector; promoting continuous quality improvement and innovation in learning and teaching; offering guidance to colleges; and advising Scottish Ministers of funding matters. On the website there are links to SFEFC publications, media releases, Circular Letters, Funded institutions, SFEFC Council and further information about the Council and its functions.

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

SQA is the national body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment, and certification of qualifications other than degrees. This web site includes: information about the Authority; exams; qualifications; SQA news; accreditation and an interactive section which includes links to their publications, Quals database, exam timetable, web links and the SQA forum.

UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.

US Dept of Education – Office of Vocational and Adult Education

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) supports a wide range of programs and activities that help young people and adults obtain the knowledge and skills they need for successful careers and productive lives. The OVAE website has information, research, and resources to help prepare young people and adults for postsecondary education, successful careers, and productive lives.

US Dept of Labor – Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

The Employment and Training Administration seeks to build up the labor market through the training of the workforce and the placement of workers in jobs through employment services. This website directs business, adults, youth, dislocated workers and workforce professionals to training and employment services. Employers will find information on several areas, including the setting up of an Apprenticeship Program; the benefits of doing so; and how to find applicants.


Australian Journals

Australian bulletin of labour

Australian educational researcher

Australian journal of adult and community education;res=APAFT;issn=1035-0462

Australian journal of adult learning

Australian journal of career development

Australasian journal of educational technology

Australian journal of indigenous education

Australian journal of labour economics

Australian Vocational Education Review (refer to Fred Beven, Griffith University in Queensland)

(no web site at present)


American Journals

American educational research journal

American journal of distance education

American journal of education


British Journals

British educational research journal

British journal of educational technology

British journal of industrial relations


Canadian Journals

Canadian vocational journal

(no web site at present)


European journals

European journal of education

European journal of industrial relations


International Journals

Human resource and development international

International education journal

International journal of human resource management

International journal of lifelong education

International journal of training and development

International journal of vocational education and training


New Zealand Journals

New Zealand journal of adult education

no website; available from Business Manager, NZJAL c/o College of Education, Massey University at Wellington, Private Box 756, Wellington, NZ


Miscellaneous Journals

Educational researcher

Human resource management journal

Journal of career and technical education

Journal of career development

Journal of education and work

Journal of educational research

Journal of further and higher education

Journal of industrial relations

Journal of industrial teacher education

Journal of technology education

Journal of Vocational Education & Training

Journal of vocational and technical education

Open learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning

Research in Post-Compulsory Education

T & D (formerly Training and Development)