Graduate Outcomes Survey

Client: Department of Education, Skills and Employment

The Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is one component of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) suite of surveys. The GOS is a national survey of recent higher education graduates being conducted for the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment by the Social Research Centre.

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The Social Research Centre is commissioned as an agent of the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department) under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to conduct the QILT suite of surveys.

The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on your answers and program of study.

All graduates invited to participate in the GOS are initially approached via email. Some graduates may also receive an invitation via SMS or telephone call.

The GOS measures employment and study outcomes and gathers feedback that institutions can use to improve courses and outcomes for future graduates. Based on experiences from graduates, institutions have been able to create better places to study and learn by improving their courses, learning resources, support services and campus facilities.

The results of this survey also help the higher education sector and the government improve students’ course experience and enhance teaching and learning in Australian higher education institutions to improve graduate outcomes.

The GOS has three data collection periods in the months of November, February, and May.

Graduates of participating Australian higher education institutions are invited to complete the GOS about six months after they have completed studying.

Higher education institutions provide the department with contact details of in-scope students for the purposes of conducting this research. In compliance with privacy laws, the department has only provided information about you to the Social Research Centre that is directly relevant to this research – all information is transmitted via a secure file exchange.

The Social Research Centre complies with the Australian Privacy Principles. All personal contact information such as name, email and phone number is removed from the final data. Only aggregated data is used in the research findings published on the QILT and ComparEd websites.

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If you have any questions about your participation in the survey or would like to make a time for an interviewer to call you, please call the Social Research Centre on 1800 055 818 (a free call). General information about the Graduate Outcomes Survey can be found at

In total there are four prize draws open to participants. Detailed information regarding the prize draws, including the prize draw terms and conditions, and publication of winners can be found here: