Graduate outcomes and student satisfaction

Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) undertakes a comprehensive survey of university graduates on an annual basis, including employment outcomes and starting salaries four months after graduation, and the proportion of undergraduates that go on to postgraduate studies. The associated Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) gathers data on student's perceptions of the quality of their course and broader university experience.

Longitudinal studies of students

GCA surveys respondents to the Australian Graduate Survey three years after graduation. The focus of the Beyond Graduation Survey (BGS) is the main activity of the graduate at the time of the survey.

The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) tracks a cohort of young people on an annual basis, through their transition from school to further studies and work. Research reports relating to university students and graduates also rely on data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey.

Staff employed in universities

The Department of Education's Staff dataset provides a breakdown of staff employed in Australia's universities, by institution, level and type of appointment, Academic Organisational Unit, qualifications held, and various demographics. Salaries data is available from a variety of sources, including university annual reports, the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association and the National Tertiary Education Union.