TAFE NSW Performance

TAFE NSW, like all training providers, reports on certain performance measures on an annual basis.

Student participation

In 2013, compared to 2012, overall student numbers decreased by 3.8 per cent. This reflects a 12.1 decrease in enrolments by students enrolled in Certificate II and below qualifications and courses and an increase in enrolments by students in higher level qualifications. Students enrolled in Certificate III and above qualifications rose by 1.8 per cent, particularly Diploma and above qualifications where there was an increase of 12.3 per cent.

In 2013 compared to 2012, Aboriginal student numbers increased by 1.5 per cent for TAFE NSW, compared to a decrease of 4.2 per cent nationally.

In 2013, 18.0 per cent of total students at TAFE NSW studied full-time compared to 17.2 per cent of total national students.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer data indicate the number of enrolments which were a result of recognising subjects successfully completed through other Registered Training Providers.

TAFE NSW had the highest proportion of credit transfer in Australia in 2013. In Australia there were over 1,374,400 credit transfer subject enrolments. Of these, TAFE NSW had 40.2 per cent of total national credit transfer subject enrolments and 96.3 per cent of total NSW VET sector credit transfer subject enrolments. Between 2012 and 2013, TAFE NSW credit transfer subject enrolments increased by 6.0 per cent, or over 31,000 subject enrolments.

Course completions for Certificate III and above

Completions of these higher level qualifications indicate the relative success of TAFE NSW students compared to completions in other Registered Training Providers in Australia.

National data from 2012 (the most current publicly available) shows that TAFE NSW had a comparable proportion of course completions at AQF Certificate III level and above qualifications compared to the national average (75.2 per cent compared to 77.4 per cent).

Cost for publicly funded training

National comparisons for completion rates are based on "load pass rates" which are calculated by dividing the combined annual hours of units passed, by the total combined annual hours of units passed, failed or withdrawn. Both these measures include units granted through Recognition of Prior Learning.

National comparisons show that NSW had the third lowest publicly funded cost per load pass rate of any jurisdiction in 2012 (the most current publicly available). The NSW Government real recurrent expenditure per hour of publicly-funded load pass was $16.36 per hour, while the national average was $15.39 per hour (2012 dollars).

Workplace delivery

Delivery of training may be within the classroom, by distance or online learning or in the workplace. Delivery is measured by the number of hours a student spends in training.

TAFE NSW's proportion of total hours attributed to workplace/employment-based delivery in 2013(15.6 per cent) was above the national average (15.0 per cent). The proportion of workplace/employment-based delivery for TAFE NSW increased 5.4 percentage points between 2009 and 2013 (from 10.2 to 15.6 per cent). This increase exceeded the average national increase of 3.4 percentage points (from 11.6 to 15.0 per cent) over the same period.

Online and remote access delivery

TAFE NSW delivered over 29 million unit hours by online/remote and distance delivery modes. This was 72.8 per cent of all online and distance unit hours in Australia. In 2013, compared to 2012, online/remote access unit hours delivered by TAFE NSW increased by 11.5 per cent, or by over 3.0 million hours.

Regional and remote

TAFE NSW Institutes implement a range of strategies to increase participation and educational outcomes for students from regional and remote NSW.

In 2012, TAFE NSW accounted for 70.8 per cent of VET students from regional and remote areas in NSW and 22.1 per cent nationally. More than 37 per cent of students in TAFE NSW were from regional and remote areas and almost 53 per cent of these students were enrolled in AQF Certificate III and above level qualifications.

Source: TAFE Strategy and Finance – Business Analytics and Accountability

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