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Graduate Survey


This annual survey summarises the views and experiences of around 3,000 graduates who have been in employment for around 12 months. The survey collects data from graduates on a range of attitudes and opinions towards their current employer and about their experiences so far on their graduate program.

Why is it useful?

Employers use the survey results to understand the experiences of graduates during their first year of employment and their views on 'expectations versus reality'.

When does it happen?

Data collection for the Graduate Survey takes place in December and January each year. Participation is free. A summary report is released in June. We invite every employer on our database to participate.

Top Graduate Employers

The responses collected from the Graduate Survey are also used to create the AAGE's annual list of the Top Graduate Employers in Australia.


2020 Graduate Survey

The 2020 Graduate Survey collected responses from 3,320 graduates who were working at 140 different employers and were part of the 2019 graduate intake. Participating employers included:

Accenture Australia, AECOM Australia, Airbus, Allens, Allianz Australia, AMP Services, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, ANZ Banking Group (Aust), Arup, Ashurst, Atlassian, Attorney-General's Department, Auditor-General's Department - SA, Aurecon, Aurizon, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Australian Federal Police, Australian National Audit Office, Australian Public Service Commission (APSC), Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Australian Taxation Office, BAE Systems Australia, Bankwest, BDO, BHP Billiton, Bureau of Meteorology, Caltex, Capgemini Australia and New Zealand, Carlton & United Breweries, Carsales, Chevron Australia, CIMIC Group, Clean Energy Regulator, Coles, Colin Biggers & Paisley, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC), CSL Behring, Department of Agriculture, 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 Health, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Human Services, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (WA), Department of Premier and Cabinet (TAS), Department of the Environment and Energy, Department of the Premier and Cabinet (QLD), Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transport (VIC), Department of Transport and Main Roads (Qld), Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), Downer Group, Ernst & Young, Evans Dixon, Evolution Mining, FDM Group, FINEOS Corporation UC, Ford Motor Company of Australia, GHD, Glencore Australia, Grant Thornton Australia, Hanson Construction Materials, Hatch, HLB Mann Judd, Holcim Australia, Honeywell, IBM Australia, icare NSW, IRESS, Johnson & Johnson, King & Wood Mallesons, KordaMentha, KPMG, Laing O'Rourke, LBW Business wealth + advisors, Leidos, Lendlease Management Services, Linfox Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia, L'Oreal, McConnell Dowell, McGrathNicol, Monadelphous Group, MYOB, National Australia Bank, NEC Australia, Nestle Australia, Newcrest Mining, NSW Department of Customer Service, NSW Department of Planning & Environment, NSW Public Service Commission, NTT, Origin Energy, Pitcher Partners, Public Transport Authority, PwC, Qantas Airways, QBE Australia & New Zealand, Quantium, Queensland Audit Office, Queensland Government Chief Information Office, Queensland Rail, Queensland Treasury, Reserve Bank of Australia, ResMed, Rio Tinto, RSM Australia, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, Santos, Schneider Electric Australia, ShineWing Australia, South32, Suncorp, Sydney Water, TAL, Tasmanian Networks, Teach For Australia, TechnologyOne, Telstra, Thales Australia, The Adecco Group, ThoughtWorks Australia, Toll, Transdev, Transport for NSW, Victorian Government Graduate Program, Water Corporation, Westpac Group, Wood, Woolworths Group, WSP Australia, Xero.

The 2020 Graduate Survey summary report is now available for purchase. Please click here to place your order.

The Graduate Survey provides information on:

  • Employee profile
  • Satisfaction levels
  • Expectations and plans for the future.

For organisations wishing to purchase a copy of the 2020 Graduate Survey, 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).

Queries regarding the AAGE Graduate Survey can be directed to

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