Release type: Media Release


Graduates delivering for employers


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

University graduates are making a good first impression with 84 per cent of employers highly rating the graduates they employ.

According to the 2019 Employer Satisfaction Survey released today, 4,700 direct supervisors of recent graduates employers expressed:

  • 93 per cent satisfaction with Foundation skills – general literacy, numeracy and communication skills.
  • 93 per cent satisfaction with Technical skills – application of professional and technical knowledge and standards.
  • Highest satisfaction with graduates with vocational degrees: Engineering graduates (90%) and Health (90%).

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the productivity gains from improving graduate employment outcomes and lifting completion rates was worth an estimated $3.1 billion a year by 2030.

“We want our university graduates to achieve more from what they learn,” Mr Tehan said.

“That means graduates who are job-ready with the skills to succeed in their chosen profession. A higher education system that produces high-quality graduates is good for students, good for the economy and ultimately good for the country.

“Our Government has made graduate employment outcomes the key performance metric of our performance-based funding model for universities. About 330,000 Australians are expected to start a university degree in 2020 so it’s important they can expect to earn a qualification that will help them get a job and get ahead.”

Results from the 2019 Employer Satisfaction Survey can be found on the QILT website.

Prospective students can visit the ComparEd website to see employment outcomes and salaries of recent graduates as well as student course reviews.