The Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a national survey of students who have recently completed the requirements of a higher education accredited qualification.
The survey is an Australian Department of Education and Training initiative which is carried out by the Social Research Centre, forming part of the suite of higher education surveys under the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).
The survey collects information from graduates about their study experience and the type of work or further study being undertaken after completing a qualification. USC will use the results to further develop its courses and programs, maximise students’ study experiences and to provide informed advice to students about career opportunities. GOS results will also inform higher education policy development and will be reported by media and publishers.
Invitations to complete the GOS online are emailed by the Social Research Centre (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) in February (graduates from August-October of the prior year), May (graduates from November of the prior year to February of the current year) and November (graduates from March-July of the current year). For more information visit Graduate Outcomes Survey. As part of the GOS, employed graduates will be asked to provide their supervisor's contact details so that they have the opportunity to participate in the Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS). Three years on from graduation, graduates who participated in the GOS will also be invited to respond to the Graduate Outcomes Survey - Longitudinal (GOS-L).
Graduating students from March to July 2020
Students who completed an award at USC between March and July 2020 will be emailed details of the GOS survey from 30 October 2020. The email will include a direct link to the online survey which can be completed immediately and typically takes under 15 minutes. Invitation emails will come from the Social Research Centre (email@example.com) from 30 October to 30 November 2020.
Prior year GOS findings
Over 130,000 graduates completed the 2019 GOS nationally. Results from previous years' surveys are published on the national Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website (www.qilt.edu.au).
- 85% of domestic USC graduates were in employment within four months of completing undergraduate study.
- 90% of domestic USC graduates agreed that their studies had facilitated graduate qualities.
Access previous year’s GOS reports here.
The GOS-L is a longitudinal study that connects with university graduates around three years after program completion. Information on graduates’ labour market outcomes are collected using methodology consistent with the GOS.
The next GOS-L will be conducted during February - March 2021. Students who completed an award at USC in 2017 will receive an email invitation from the Social Research Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information visit: Graduate Outcomes Survey - Longitudinal.
Prior year GOS-L findings
- 93% of USC graduates were in employment three years after completing undergraduate study.
- 86% of USC graduates were in full-time employment three years after completing undergraduate study.
Access previous years' GOS-L reports here.
As part of the GOS, employed graduates are invited to volunteer their supervisor's contact details to participate in the Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS). The ESS enables employers to provide their perception of USC and higher education in general; note that employers are not asked to provide an assessment of you as a graduate.
The results of the ESS inform government and higher education providers about current and emerging skills needed for the workforce and how well higher education institutions are responding to industry needs.
For more information visit: Employer Satisfaction Survey.
Prior year ESS findings
Almost 4,700 employers completed the 2019 Employer Satisfaction Survey nationally. Results from previous years' surveys are published on the national Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website (www.qilt.edu.au).
Australian employers rate USC graduates highly, between 2017 and 2019:
- 94% of employers were satisfied with the general literacy, numeracy and communication skills of USC graduates.
- 93% of employers were satisfied with USC graduates’ application of professional and technical knowledge and standards.
Access previous year’s ESS reports here.
Stay connected - update your details
To ensure you receive a copy of the survey and ongoing updates from the University, including news specifically for graduates, be sure to update your contact details whenever they change.
USC graduates can access ongoing assistance with employment job searching through Career Development.
For more information, contact:
The Social Research Centre
Strategic Information and Analysis Unit
Tel: +61 7 5456 5465