The 2017 GOS was primarily conducted as a national online survey among 97 higher education institutions including all 41 Table A and B universities and 56 Non-University Higher Education Institutions (NUHEIs). A total of 120,747 valid survey responses were collected across all study levels, representing a response rate of 45.0 per cent, which is an increase from 39.7 per cent achieved in 2016. Graduate employment outcomes are reported consistent with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) standard model of labour force statistics. See Appendix 2 for details.

In 2017, 71.8 per cent of undergraduates were in full-time employment four months after completing their degree, up from 70.9 per cent in the previous year. This continues the steady improvement in the full-time employment rate of graduates in recent years from the low point of 68.1 per cent in 2014. This is consistent with a modest improvement in the overall labour market over the period.

The overall employment rate for undergraduates was 86.5 per cent which is consistent with the rate in 2016 of 86.4 per cent, indicating that there has been a shift towards full-time employment among undergraduates in 2017.

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