VOCEDplus is a free international research database for tertiary education, especially as it relates to workforce needs, skills development, and social inclusion.
It encompasses vocational education and training (VET), higher education, adult and community education, informal learning, and VET in Schools. It is international in scope and contains over 80,000 English language records, many with links to full text documents.
VOCEDplus is produced by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), based in Adelaide, Australia. VOCEDplus is funded by Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and is endorsed by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany.
VOCEDplus covers the outcomes of tertiary education in the shape of research, policy, practice, and published statistics. It has extensive coverage of Australian material and includes a wide range of international information.
Each database entry contains standard bibliographic information and an abstract. Entries are predominantly in English and some refer to publications in other languages. We strive to provide full text access via the publisher's website or a digitised copy.
VOCEDplus includes entries for:
- research reports
- journals and journal articles
- books and book chapters
- conference proceedings and papers
- working/discussion/occasional papers
- policy documents
- survey results
- published statistics
Selection for VOCEDplus content is undertaken by the Knowledge Management branch at NCVER. The selection of material is based on existing collection requirements and client needs. VOCEDplus users are encouraged to contribute suggestions for selection.
Selection for tertiary education material is guided by the three research themes as outlined in NCVER's research priorities for 2017-2018:
- Structures and systems for skilling and learning
- The impact of vocational education and training
- Teaching and learning
Selection criteria include:
- material must be related to research, policy or practice in tertiary education (higher education and vocational education and training) about skill development for the labour market, work, social inclusion and lifelong learning
- material will be selected if they are 'key' documents
- if resources are not 'key', they should be of sufficient high quality.
- key Australian and international vocational education and training journals
- key Australian and international higher education journals
- key organisations worldwide which produce publications about vocational education and training and higher education (including government bodies, national and international agencies and networks, research centres, universities and commercial publishers)
- contributions from partner organisations
- publishers' blurbs and catalogues
- direct submissions from users of the database.
No preferential treatment is given to the work of any specific publisher when selecting content for VOCEDplus.
- 280+ journals and newsletters indexed
- 150+ countries covered
- 200+ international producers covered
- 600+ Australian organisations covered
- 43 000+ electronic links direct to full text
The public is encouraged to submit relevant documents for inclusion in VOCEDplus. Please refer to the selection criteria for guidelines on what is included in VOCEDplus.
There are three ways to submit your document:
- If your document is available online, you can submit details of the document using this form.
- If your document is not available online, you can send an electronic copy of the document by email.
- If you would like to submit a print copy of your document, please send a completed copy of this form together with the document to:
Knowledge Management branch
National Centre for Vocational Education Research
PO Box 8288 Station Arcade
Adelaide SA 5000
VOCEDplus (formerly VOCED) was originally produced with assistance and support from a network of clearinghouses throughout Australia. The network was set up over 30 years ago to share information about activities in the technical and further education (TAFE) sector. VOCED came into existence in September 1989 when two existing hard copy publications, Initiatives in Technical and Further Education and TAFE Projects in Progress, were incorporated to become the Vocational Education and Training Research Database. It was produced in an electronic version (distributed on diskette) as well as hard copy, with quarterly updates.
In 1997, the first web version of VOCED was made available from the NCVER organisational website. Over time, VOCED expanded to include international material. 1998 saw the commencement of a major project to upgrade the database and expand its coverage of both Australian and international technical, vocational education and training information, leading to the creation of VOCED's own web site in 2001.
In 2001, VOCED received endorsement as the UNESCO international database for TVET research information, when NCVER, together with the Adelaide Institute of Technical and Further Education, was established as a joint UNESCO Regional Centre of Excellence in Technical and Vocational Education and Training. This endorsement has strengthened links with all UNESCO member countries and facilitated the acquisition of information from their sources.
The period 2001-2009 saw many changes to the website and database. The impetus to continually improve the product was in response to user feedback, technological innovations and changes in the field of research. Features added to the website included the thesaurus, a list of indexed journals, a list of 'landmark' reports that have influenced the development of TVET systems at state and national levels in Australia, and a partners' page listing Australian and international organisations that developed cooperative links with NCVER.
In 2006, the database began including bibliographic records for two adult literacy and learning programs funded by the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) - the Workplace English Language and Learning (WELL) Programme and the Adult Literacy National Project (ALNP).
In 2007, a project to reconceptualise the Australian clearinghouse network was completed with the transfer of most of the clearinghouse collections to NCVER, to form a centralised repository of resources.
After the transfer of the clearinghouse collections to NCVER, a commitment was made to digitise as much of the VOCED collection as possible and to develop the VOCED database as an archival repository for both Australian and international VET research, policy and practice. This work began in 2008-09 with a small pilot project to investigate the feasibility of digitising the non-commercial component of the hardcopy library collection and making this material available via the VOCED database. As a result, VOCED now contains a digitised version of the older print-based landmark reports that have influenced the development of VET in Australia.
In 2009, NCVER accepted a caretaker role to manage the Reframing the Future (RTF) website and publications following the program's closure in March 2009. RTF was a vocational education and training workforce development initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. All RTF resources can be accessed through VOCEDplus.
In 2009-11, NCVER undertook a major rebuild of the database and website over 18 months with funding from DEEWR. NCVER wanted to take advantage of the potential of new technologies to provide improved services in terms of provision of online material, targeted searching, integration with other knowledge sources (websites, portals, libraries, books, journals, and data) and Web 2.0 technologies (RSS feeds, and share and bookmark tools). Some additional funding from DEEWR in 2009 also enabled NCVER to broaden the focus of the database to more fully encompass the higher education sector, in particular in the areas of workforce needs and skills development and to retrospectively index material for the higher education sector from the previous five years to fill in existing gaps. In April 2011, the new database was launched, now titled VOCEDplus to represent the enhanced features and extended focus.
From 2011 to 2012, a further large-scale digitisation initiative was completed. This project covered all NCVER publications not born digital, as well as conversion of items from microfiche format to PDF. Since mid-2013, the digitisation of non-commercial items continues using a range of options to locate free full-text documents to be added into the repository.
In May 2015, VOCEDplus underwent a refresh of its look to adopt the new NCVER branding. Enhancements were also made to the Advanced search feature, by providing Guided search and Expert search functionality.
From 2016, VOCEDplus began adding several knowledge products to highlight and provide easy access to the wealth of quality information within the database.
The first of these products was the Pod Network, released in February 2016. The Pod Network provides access to a collection of themed pages called Pods with links to topic-specific research and resources. It provides one place from which relevant, quality and targeted information can be found. Pods cover broad topic areas of VET research while narrower sub-topics are catered for in Podlets. As the VET sector continues to evolve with new trends and priorities, a new version of the Pod Network was launched in early 2019 to reflect these changes, ensuring the resource remains relevant and useful.
In 2018, VOCEDplus released the VET Knowledge Bank, a suite of complementary resources that aims to be a memory source of Australian VET reference information. Like most countries, Australia's VET system is complex and ever-changing. The VET Knowledge Bank captures the history of VET and provides information to explain the system – how it's been shaped and how it is governed today. The resource includes the popular Timeline of VET Policy Initiatives and the highly used Glossary of VET. The VET Knowledge Bank is a living resource and is continually being updated and enhanced.
In 2019, VOCEDplus celebrates 30 years of providing information to the tertiary education sector. Over the past three decades, the database has undergone a huge transformation, and this important occasion was commemorated with two significant releases.
The VET Practitioner Resource was launched in July 2019. The VET Practitioner Resource draws on VOCEDplus, NCVER products and external links to present a range of information designed to support VET practitioners in their teaching and assessment practice and in undertaking research. The VET Practitioner Resource is organised into three sections: Teaching, training and assessment resources; Practitioners as researchers; and the VET workforce.
In September 2019, the VOCEDplus homepage was refreshed to make it more modern and easier to use. This included: making the search box more prominent; reducing the amount of text and increasing the font size; providing quick links to main products; highlighting key resources that are popular with users; and providing access to a search box on all pages of VOCEDplus.
VOCEDplus has been through quite an evolution over the last 30 years and continues to be developed and enhanced for the benefit of users.