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Candidate Survey


This annual survey summarises the views of around 2,500 candidates who have participated in selection processes and have been offered graduate employment with at least one employer. The survey collects data on a range of issues including most used sources of careers information, aspirational employers, factors influencing choice of employer and views on the best employer in each market sector.

The first AAGE Candidate Survey was launched to coincide with the 2008 graduate intake. Our 2019 Candidate Survey marks the 12th consecutive year of conducting this survey.

Why is it useful?

Employers use the survey results to understand the motivations and opinions of high quality candidates.

When does it happen?

Data collection for the Candidate Survey takes place between May and October. Participation is free. A summary report is released in November. We invite every employer on our database to participate.


2019 Candidate Survey

The 2019 Candidate Survey is based on research conducted by the AAGE with over 2,700 responses from candidates joining 115 different organisations in 2019. Participating employers included:

Accenture Australia, AECOM Australia, Allianz Australia, AMP Services, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, ANZ Banking Group (Aust), Ashurst,Atlassian, Attorney-General's Department, Auditor-General's Department - SA, Aurecon Australasia, Australia Post, Australian National Audit Office, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Taxation Office, BAE Systems Australia, Bankwest, BDO, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, BP Australia, Caltex, Carlton & United Breweries, Chevron Australia, CIMIC Group, Coles, Biggers & Paisley, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC), Deloitte, Department of Communications and the Arts, Department of Defence, Department of Education and Training, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (VIC), Department of Finance, Department of Finance (WA), Department of Home Affairs, Department of Human Services, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Department of Jobs and Small Business, Department of Justice and Regulation (VIC), Department of the Environment and Energy, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of the Treasury, Department of Treasury (WA), Dimension Data Australia, EY, Fujitsu, GHD, Glencore Australia Holdings, GM Holden, Holcim Australia, Honeywell, IAG, icare NSW, IRESS, ITW AP Construction, Johnson & Johnson, KBR, King & Wood Mallesons, KordaMentha, KPMG, Kraft Heinz Company, Leidos, Lendlease, Level Crossing Removal Authority, Linfox Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia, L'Oreal, Macquarie Group, Mars Australia, McConnell Dowell, McGrathNicol Services, Minter Ellison Lawyers, Monadelphous Group, National Australia Bank, NEC Australia, Nestle Australia, Origin Energy, Pitcher Partners Advisors, Procter & Gamble Australia, Public Transport Authority, PwC, Qantas Airways, QBE Australia & New Zealand, Quantium, Queensland Audit Office, Queensland Treasury, RB, REA Group, Reece Group, Reserve Bank of Australia, ResMed, Rio Tinto, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, Schneider Electric Australia, ShineWing Australia, SMEC, South32, Sydney Water, TAL, Tasmanian Networks, Teach For Australia, Technology One, Telstra Corporation, Toll, Vicinity Centres, VicRoads, Victorian Public Service Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (VPS GRADS), Water Corporation, Westpac Group, White & Case, Wood, Woodside Energy, Woolworths Group.

The AAGE Candidate Survey provides the latest information on:

  • Candidate applications
  • Job hunting techniques
  • Factors which influence application and offer acceptance decisions
  • Views on best employers in the industry
  • Future plans of candidates.

The 2019 AAGE Candidate Survey Summary Report is now available for purchase. Please click here to place your order.

The price structure is as follows:

  • AAGE Participating Member: FREE (member participants have been automatically sent a copy of the report)
  • AAGE Member: $250 + GST
  • AAGE Member (Not-For-Profit): $150 + GST
  • Participating Non-Member: $400 + GST
  • Standard Rate (Non-Member): $500 + GST

Each organisation ordering the report will be sent a soft copy (PDF).

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