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Graduate Destination Survey
The scope of the survey also includes:
Graduate Careers Council of Australia, Graduate Destination Survey, GCCA, Parkville.
Graduate Careers Council of Australia, Course Experience Questionnaire, GCCA, Parkville.
Graduate Careers Council of Australia, Postgraduate Destination Survey, GCCA, Parkville.
Graduate Careers Council of Australia, Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire, GCCA, Parkville.
New Issue - Grads, Jobs and Dollars.
GradStats is available on the website and provides an initial release of summary data. Additional data are available on request, subject to reliability and confidentiality restraints for the data items.
The publication Graduate Destination Survey is released June/July of the year following the reference year. Postgraduate Destination Survey is released in October of the year following the reference year.
Non-English speaking background
First educational qualification post school
Highest educational qualification prior to course
Level of qualification
Field of study
Length of time taken to complete course
Whether the graduate received recognition for prior learning
Work in final year
Employer support during course
Labour force status at reference date
Whether employed full-time or part-time
Whether a short-term or permanent employee
Occupation at reference date
Industry of employer at reference date
Length of service
Further Study Plans
Level of qualification
Field of study
Month course began
Information is available for Australia and all states and territories.
METHOD OF COLLECTION
The GDS is a census of all higher education institution graduates who satisfy the specified scope criteria. A census methodology allows the dissemination of results at the institution level. The data are collected using a self-enumeration, mail-out/mail-back questionnaire. A questionnaire is distributed by each higher education institution to the graduates from their institution, on or about 30 April (or 31 October in the case of early completers). Early completers are those graduates who have completed their qualification ending in the first semester. The institutions collect data twice a year, after each graduation, but collate the data in one annual statistical report.
Some institutions conduct a mail out of questionnaires aimed at reaching the graduates on or around the reference dates. However, most institutions distribute the questionnaires to the graduates to coincide with the mail out letters on the graduation ceremony procedures. This decision is generally made to reduce costs and increase efficiency. Most graduates within the scope of the survey receive a questionnaire, a reply paid envelope and a covering letter requesting the questionnaire be returned as soon as possible.
All graduates who have not returned their questionnaire to the higher education institution after four to six weeks, are sent a reminder package by mail. A number of other follow up techniques are pursued such as telephone reminder and offers of assistance in employment search to unemployed graduates.
Questionnaires are, in the first instance, returned to their institution of origin. The data are usually entered onto a file by the higher education institution but in some cases the coding and punching is carried out by the GCCA. Responses are coded according to standard coding instructions issued by the GCCA and are then forwarded to the GCCA for computer processing and compilation. There are however a number of institutions who use a central coding service offered by the GCCA. Upon completion of processing, survey forms are returned to the originating institution.
TIMING OF COLLECTION
April or October depending on their graduation date. Timed to coincide with graduation ceremonies.
Frequency of Collection
The GDS was conducted for the first time in 1971.
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