Latest survey confirms CQUniversity graduates are some of the country’s best paid

Published:01 October 2020

CQUniversity graduates are top of the pack in latest Graduate Outcomes Survey data from Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching.

CQUniversity continues to deliver for students entering the workforce, with the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey showing CQUniversity graduates are achieving a median salary of $80,200 within just three years in the workforce.

It’s the third-highest median salary nationally, according to the the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) data, and well above the $75,000 national average.

The 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey of 109 higher education institutions also showed that 88.1 per cent of CQUniversity undergraduates are achieving full-time employment within three years of graduating, and 95.9 per cent of postgraduates.

The 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey looks at the medium-term employment outcomes of university graduates, building on analysis of graduates who responded to the Graduate Outcomes Survey in 2017.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp said the latest findings reaffirmed CQUniversity's confidence in its accessible and transformative higher education.

“At CQUniversity, we change lives – and our commitment to providing those life-changing opportunities doesn’t end at graduation,” he said.

“Our quality courses and lecturers, and our great connections with employers right across our regional and capital city communities all mean our students are graduating with strong and proven pathways for securing their dream jobs.”

The new results were based on an analysis of the outcomes for graduates who responded to the 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey.

On average, undergraduate full-time employment across universities was 73 per cent in 2017, increasing to 90.1 per cent three years later.

CQUniversity’s placing in the QILT survey for postgraduate employment, follows the University’s success in the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ranking number one in Australia for ‘Social Equity’ education, and number four for its high ‘First-Generation’ student cohort numbers.

The five-star results reflect the University’s mission to make education accessible to all students.

More details of the 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey are available on the QILT website