Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

QILT is a suite of national higher education surveys funded and endorsed by the Department of Education & Training. QILT covers the student life cycle from the commencement of higher education study to employment after graduation.

QILT is independently administered by The Social Research Centre.

QILT surveys

QILT is comprised of four surveys.

  • The Student Experience Survey (SES)
  • The Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS)
  • The Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS)
  • Graduate Outcomes Survey - Longitudinal (GOS-L)

The QILT suite of surveys reflects the Australian Government's desire to have Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that will demonstrate students engagement with and experience of programs and the quality of those programs from the students perspective.

QILT aims to provide reliable measure of teaching performance throughout the student life cycle. QILT will be used both internal and externally for bench-marking purposes.

QILT key dates

SurveyEvent Date
SESNational social media campaign begins30 July 2018
SESOnline data collection opens 6 August 2018
SESOnline data collection closes5 September 2018
GOS (May)National social media campaign begins 23 April 2018
GOS (May)Online data collection opens 30 April 2018
GOS (May)Online data collection closes29 May 2018
GOS (November)National social media campaign begins22 October 2018
GOS (November)Online data collection opens29 October 2018
GOS (November)Online data collection closes 27 November 2018
ESSOnline data collection opens3 May 2018
ESSOnline data collection opens31 October 2018
GOS - LOnline data collection opens 5 February 2018
GOS - LOnline data collection closes 13 March 2018

Student Experience Survey (SES)

Student Experience Questionnaire (SEQ) is the tool used to collect data for the SES. The focus is on measurable aspects of a students' higher education course experiences in the following areas.

  • Skills development
  • Learner engagement
  • Teaching quality
  • Student support, and
  • Learning resources

The SES is focused on commencing and final year undergraduate higher education students who study onshore in Australia. The SES is a sample and only selected commencing and final year students will be included in the data collection.

SES will be open for four weeks from the first week of August each year. In-scope students are sent an email to their student email address from The Social Research Centre inviting them to participate in the survey. The survey will contain a link to the online survey and any other relevant information.

There is a prize draw incentive program to encourage early completion of the questionnaire. The Social Research Centre administer all aspects of the prize draw.

Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS)

The GOS is focused mainly on graduate destinations such as further study or employment.

GOS will be sent to undergraduate and postgraduate onshore higher education graduates who have completed the requirements of a higher education accredited qualification.

GOS will run in two rounds per year November and May. The November round will include graduates from January to June of that calendar year. May rounds include graduates from July and December of the preceding Calendar year. Surveys will be sent via email to graduate email addresses and will be open for four weeks.

There is a prize draw incentive program to encourage early completion of the questionnaire.The Social Research Centre administers all aspects of the prize draw.

Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS)

The ESS is the first national survey that directly links the experience of graduates to the views of their direct supervisors. ESS collects the insights and perceptions of Australian employers to help monitor and better understand:

  • The specific skills and attributes needed in business
  • How well higher education is equipping graduates for the workforce

Collection of Employer views of the technical skills, generic skills and work readiness of recent graduates provide assurance about the quality of Australia's higher education sector. Employers taking part in the ESS will benefit other employers through enhancements to Australian higher education policy and tertiary curricula.

Graduates are asked to nominate contact details of their work supervisor during the GOS collection. ESS is conducted immediately after the GOS.

Graduate Outcomes Survey-Longitudinal (GOS-L)

GOS-L follows up with graduates who have completed the initial GOS three years earlier and indicated they are happy to be contacted in the future to complete the GOS-L. The GOS-L replaces the Beyond Graduate Survey (BGS) from 2016.

GOS -L focuses on measuring.

  • Labour force history
  • Further Study
  • Graduate attributes
  • Graduate preparation

GOS-L will be administered in February each year.

Please note:

All  feedback submitted through completion of this survey is collected in accordance with the University’s Information Privacy Policy and is regarded as confidential. All data collected is de-identified before being compiled into any report prepared for consideration and decision-making within the University.  Information which has been de-identified cannot be retrieved or modified.

Contact us

For further information contact the FedUni survey team by emailing surveys@federation.edu.au