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‘QILT’ lifted to show regional Unis are leaders for student outcomes

‘QILT’ lifted to show regional Unis are leaders for student outcomes

Published:20 May 2016

Analysis of the latest Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) database shows that regional institutions like CQUniversity offer some of the best student outcomes in Australia.
CQUni Vice-Chancellor Professor Bowman notes that CQUni has achieved Australia’s second-highest graduate median salary of $60,000 (a level shared with only four other institutions). Only the University of Western Australia fared better,  with $63,000.         


CQUniversity has also achieved a ‘Top 4’ in Australia for full-time employment (80.7%).  

“These truly independent results show that CQUniversity’s graduate outcomes for full-time employment  are better than all the Group of Eight (Go8) sandstone universities and better than the five Australian Technology Network (ATN) universities,” Professor Bowman says.  

“The latest QILT data also shows that our median salary outcomes are better than all of the ATN universities.”  

Professor Bowman says CQUniversity’s Computing & Information Systems graduates enjoyed Australia’s highest median salary of $66,700, while CQUni graduates from the Architecture & Building data set achieved Australia’s highest full-time employment (96.4%) and highest median  salary    ($70,000).  

“We also achieved the highest full-time employment (89.7%) for our Education graduates and a ‘Top 2’ for our Oral Health (Dentistry) graduates in the overall quality of educational experience, with 84.4%.  

“Our traditional strength of Engineering achieved the highest median salary of $80,000 and a Top 5 for full-time employment with 86.5%.”  

CQUniversity also fared well in Business & Management (a Top 4 for full-time employment, with 84.1%) and in Health Services & Support (Top 3 for full-time employment with 83.9% and Top 4 for median salary with $65,000).  

The Australian Government funds the QILT website ( to provide relevant and transparent information about Australian higher education institutions from the perspective of recent students and graduates.  

“Unlike some other ratings that are out there, the QILT data is based on actual percentages and dollar figures and so can be compared directly from institution to institution,” Professor Bowman says.