1136.0 - A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2009  
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AUSSE Project Director
Australian Council for Educational Research
Private Bag 55, Camberwell, VIC, Australia 3124
Telephone (03) 9277 5487


The Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) is designed to provide evidence about students’ engagement in university study, that is, their involvement in activities and conditions linked with high-quality learning.

The AUSSE instrument, the Student Engagement Questionnaire (SEQ), is used for students from all backgrounds and courses. The SEQ measures student engagement with items forming six different scales: Academic challenge, Active learning, Student and staff interactions, Enriching educational experiences, Supportive learning environment, and Work integrated learning. The SEQ also collects information on self-reported learning and development outcomes, average overall grades, retention intentions, overall satisfaction, and a range of individual demographics and educational contexts. The AUSSE is complemented by the Staff Student Engagement Survey (SSES), which measures academics’ expectations for student engagement in educational practices that have been linked empirically with high quality learning and development.


First-year and third-year 'on-shore' undergraduate students at participating Australian and New Zealand universities. Students who have previously attempted or completed a higher education degree are out of scope.

Reference Period


Frequency of Collection


Method of collection

Each participating institution compiles a list of students in the defined target population, and supplies ACER with a de-identified copy of it. ACER then draws two systematic random samples of 1,300 students (first-year and third-year samples), and returns the list with sample selections marked. The institution distributes online and paper survey forms to the students in its listed sample. The SEQ is designed to be completed in under 15 minutes in online or paper form. Post-stratification weighting by year level, attendance type, and sex is used to ensure that responses represent the target population.


Release Schedule

Results of the AUSSE are released to participating institutions in November.


Australasian Student Engagement Report (Attracting, Engaging and Retaining: New Conversations About Learning), ACER, Melbourne. Freely available from the ACER website.


Information relating to any participating institution is available only to that institution.

Data Service

ACER produces a range of reports based upon the AUSSE data, including an institution report for each participating university, and a more general public report giving summary national findings.

Historical Data

The AUSSE was conducted for the first time in 2007, with 25 institutions participating in Australia and New Zealand.