Information on the ComparED website about graduate employment outcomes is sourced from the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS).
The GOS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and since 2016 has been administered annually by the Social Research Centre.
The GOS is completed by graduates of Australian higher education institutions approximately four months after completion of their courses. It provides information on the labour market outcomes and further study activities of graduates.
Four indicators of graduate outcomes are displayed on the ComparED website. Survey results from 2017, 2018 and 2019 are pooled to improve data reliability.
The indicators relate to:
- Graduates in full-time employment
- Graduates in overall employment
- Graduates in full-time study
- Median salary of graduates in full-time employment
The proportion of graduates who were employed full-time four months after completing their course, as a percentage of those graduates who were available for full-time employment.
||The proportion of graduates who were in any kind of employment (including full-time, part-time or casual work), as a percentage of those graduates who were available for employment.
|The proportion of graduates who were undertaking further full-time study, as a proportion of all graduates.
The median salary level of graduates who were in full-time employment.
Full-time employment relates to graduates employed for 35 hours or more per week. Overall employment relates to graduates employed for one or more hours per week.
Employment outcomes data on this website includes responses from Australian resident graduates only. Data is displayed separately for graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate coursework level degrees.
Care should be taken when interpreting results from the GOS provided on this website. The results are estimates only, because they are based on surveys which were not completed by all graduates. The accuracy of the figures varies depending on the number of graduates who completed the survey. Confidence intervals are displayed to provide a measure of accuracy of the estimates.
For technical details about the calculations used to score data derived from the GOS, please see the document, Technical Details - GOS Calculations.
The GOS has replaced the previous Australian Graduate Survey, which ceased in 2015. For details on the transition between the GDS and the GOS, please see the 2016 GOS National Report.