VET's Small Providers Profiled

Date —

10 Jan 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The latest datasheet released by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) profiles the work of small providers in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

Key Issues —

Students and employers value the quality outcomes offered by independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in the VET sector.  That’s hardly surprising since independent RTOs support more than 70% of the 4.1 million students in the VET sector.  What’s not always understood is the significant contribution of small providers in the sector.

                 VET Sector’s Small Provider Profile —

  • Small providers are RTOs with fewer than 100 students that have been in operation for three years or more.
  • Around 19,000 students are supported by small providers.
  • Some 33% of qualifications issued by small providers are at diploma level or higher and showcase their ability to specialise in niche areas.
  • The Diploma of Access Consulting and the Certificate III in Rail Customer Service are only delivered by small providers.
  • The median number of students with small providers is 31, which allows them to provide focused training and support.

This information is contained in the latest ITECA Datasheet and draws upon information compiled by the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER).  It can be downloaded at:

               Information Download 
               ITECA Datasheet 1: VET Small Provider Profile [PDF]

ITECA is the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.  Small providers make up a significant proportion of ITECA’s membership and they excel at delivering the quality outcomes that students and their employers are looking for.

Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education Reference Committee.

Further Information —

For more information on this issue please send an email to or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at

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