The department undertook a pilot project that sought to a) determine the feasibility of linking student-level Vocational Education and Training (VET) to Higher Education (HE) data, in order to b) characterise student flows between the two sectors.
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To achieve this, the Office of the Chief Data Officer collaborated with VET Market Information Branch, Economic and Market Analysis Branch, the Office of the USI Registrar, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and the National Education Evidence Base team.
Stage I of the project tested the feasibility of statistically linking students with both Unique Student Identifier (USI; from the VET sector) and a Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN; from the HE sector).
We then used the statistical linkage key with the highest linkage quality to create an experimental, de-identified dataset that holds the demographic, institution and course level data for students that participated in both the HE and VET sectors over the period. The infographics below summarise the key findings.
For further information on the project please contact DAB@dese.gov.au.