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New survey puts Federation University second in Australia for postgrad employment

Posted: Thursday 17 September 2020

Federation University Australia has been named the second highest performing university in the country for postgraduate employment.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ratings also placed Federation University at number nine in Australia for undergraduate employment.

The 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey - Longitudinal looked at full-time graduate employment three years after graduating. It revealed 98.2% employment for Federation students following postgraduate degrees, and 92.3% for students who completed undergraduate degrees.

The survey of 109 higher education institutions revealed that on average, undergraduate full-time employment across universities was 73% in 2017, increasing to 90.1% three years later.

The results were based on an analysis of the outcomes for graduates who responded to the 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey.

Federation’s placing in the QILT survey behind Australian Catholic University for postgraduate employment, follows the university’s success in the 2021 Good Universities Guide, where it was placed at the top in Victoria for graduate employment outcomes, graduate starting salary social equity, student support (undergraduate and postgraduate), student teacher ratio, skills development (undergraduate and postgraduate), teaching quality (undergraduate), learner engagement (postgraduate) and overall experience (postgraduate).

The guide also ranked Federation number one in Australia for two categories – teaching quality (postgraduate) and first generation student enrolments.

More details of the 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey are available on the QILT website (

Quotes attributable to Federation University Vice-Chancellor and President Duncan Bentley

“These outstanding results demonstrate the real-life, future ready education that we provide our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

“We are extremely proud to have been recognised in this way for our graduates’ employment outcomes, and see it as a testament to the quality of our teaching, our collaboration with industry and our support for students during their learning and employment journey.

“It is particularly pleasing that this survey’s results reflect that our graduates are experiencing longer-term benefits of their tertiary education, three years after graduating.”

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