TAFE NSW Performance

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

The following are a few such measures which demonstrate how TAFE NSW compares against national averages for all training providers in Australia.

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 2012. In Australia there were 1,142,664 credit transfer subject enrolments. Of these, TAFE NSW had 38.7 per cent of total national credit transfer subject enrolments and 95.2 per cent of total NSW VET sector credit transfer 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 those of all other Registered Training Providers in Australia.

National data from 2011 (the most current publicly available) shows that TAFE NSW had a higher proportion of course completions at AQF Certificate III level and above qualifications compared to the national average (78.2 per cent compared to 76.3 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by dividing the combined annual hours of units passed by the total combined annual hours of units passed, failed or withdrawn.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 second lowest publicly funded cost per load pass rate of any jurisdiction in 2011 (the most current publicly available). The NSW Government real recurrent expenditure per hour of publicly-funded load pass was $16.09 per hour, while the national average was $16.26 per hour (2011 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 2012 (15.5 per cent) was above the national average (15.2 per cent). The proportion of workplace/ employment-based delivery for TAFE NSW increased 6.9 percentage points between 2008 and 2012 (from 8.6 to 15.5 per cent). This increase exceeded the average national increase of 4.0 percentage points (from 11.2 to 15.2 per cent) over the same period.

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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