Frequently Asked Questions

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The NSW Student Outcomes Survey collects information from all students in New South Wales who completed or left early from vocational training in 2018. Results from the survey are used to improve the quality of the vocational education and training system in New South Wales.

This is your chance to have a say in improving the training you completed or left early from in 2018. Results from the survey will be used to evaluate, monitor and improve the quality of vocational training – better quality vocational training will help students in New South Wales students improve their skills and obtain better outcomes after training.

Completing the NSW Student Outcomes Survey is voluntary, but the more students who respond to the survey, the more the results will represent all students who completed vocational training in 2018. This means the NSW Government can make decisions that benefit as many students as possible in the training system.

The survey will ask a range of questions, including:

  • How and why you chose the training
  • Satisfaction with the training
  • Your employment situation after the training
  • What further training, if any, you are currently enrolled in
  • If you didn’t complete the training, why was this the case

The NSW Department of Industry maintains records of students that enrolled in Government funded vocational education and training. This information was provided to the Social Research Centre (SRC) for the purpose of conducting this survey. Contact details provided to the SRC will only be used to administer the survey.

When the survey closes, the SRC will link your survey responses with information about your course and training organisation. Your details will be dealt with in accordance with the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (the Act). The NSW Department of Industry Privacy Policy is available at: www.industry.nsw.gov.au/privacy.

That’s ok – you may have undertaken similar training to the training shown on the front of this letter in 2018. If so, you can complete the survey and be entered into the prize draws.

That’s ok – sometimes training organisations change names or use different names for different parts of their business, or they organise the training to be conducted by another training organisation. If you recognise the training shown on the front of this letter, you can complete the survey and be entered into the prize draws.

Yes. Your response to the survey is important, even if the training was only of a short duration (e.g. a one-day course provided by your workplace). All responses to the survey will be used to improve vocational training in New South Wales and be entered into the prize draws.

  • facilitate statistics and research relating to education
  • understand how the vocational education and training market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer information
  • administer vocational education and training.

The data are disclosed for the above purposes to the following recipients and in the following manner.

The NSW Department of Industry publishes the data at the aggregate level and, on written request, may disclose aggregate or de-identified unit record data to Commonwealth and state/territory government education and training departments. These government departments may also request unit record data containing unique student identifiers. Such requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis and are only provided under strict terms and conditions in line with the Australian Privacy Principles.